Three minimalist makeup trends even novices can do

Three minimalist makeup trends even novices can do

Easy does it

Text: Renée Batchelor

We speak to M.A.C's Senior Artist Louise Zizzo on how to interpret three of the hottest 2016 makeup trends for everyday wear

According to M.A.C's Louise Zizzo, less is always wore. She says, "The approach this season is simplicity and making that one, key statement. It's not about all-over glamour." One of the biggest makeup mistakes that women make, is putting on too much product. Says Zizzo. "My philosophy on makeup is that it should be applied in thin veils. Start with a sheer application of foundation and only add coverage in selected areas. Add makeup where it is needed, rather than applying a lot and trying to blend it down."


As to the newest trends in makeup, Zizzo says that it is very much influenced by the fashion world's current obsession with more undone beauty. She says, "It's a bit of a rebellion against the perfected look of the past, that is both difficult to do and to maintain." Makeup that doesn't have to look perfect? That's a relief. Here Zizzo presents three of her favourite M.A.C trends for 2016 that even a newbie can achieve with minimal effort.

Hot Cherry

Hot cherry trend

The trend: All about the lips, this is an easy look to wear as it has a casual, playful feel. Go for bright colours on the lips and leave the vampy shades for later in the year.
Top tip: Keep the rest of the face clean. Line with a lip pencil first if you're not good with bold colours, so you can easily follow the outline.
Try: Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. The shade Quite the Standout is a bright, orange red that anyone can wear.

Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in Quite the Standout, $39

Broken Doll

Broken Doll trend

The trend: This lash trend is about focusing on the centre of the lashes for a doll-like effect.
Top tip: 
If you're doing this with just mascara, use a windshield wiper motion using the tip of the mascara wand, so your lashes naturally clump. If you're using falsies, go for individual lash strands and concentrate them in the centre of the lashes, rather than the inner and outer corners.
Try: InExtreme Dimension — it gives big, bold lashes quickly. If you have fine lashes, use False Lashes Maximizer as a primer first.

InExtreme Dimension Mascara, $37 and False Lash Mascara, $33


Lustre trend

The trend:  It’s all about beaming, glowing and radiant skin… and is much easier to ace than contouring. This is about highlighting the face and adding shape to it by keeping shine on the high planes of the face like the cheekbones, brow bones and the temple. The centre of the face — like the T-zone — should be matte with the glowiness concentrated on the cheeks. 
Top tips: Use a highlighting cream like the Strobe Cream on the cheekbones and temples and then layer on your foundation. When applying powders like the Mineralize Skin Finish, use the brand's two-toned Duo Fibre Brushes for a sheer veil rather than a dense application of the product. If you have oily skin, use the Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone to cut down the shine both before and after foundation.
Try: Use the Mineralize Skin Finish Powder with the Prep + Prime Fix+ spray to create a light, liquid-y texture.

M.A.C Strobe Cream, $57, Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment, $37 and Mineralize Skin Finish Powder in Soft & Gentle, $53