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Winter brights

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Candy-coloured eye make-up is set to be big this winter. The AW17 catwalks were awash with models rocking bright hues traditionally worn in spring/summer but paired with a flawless base and neutral lips to keep the look balanced.

At New York Fashion Week (NYFW), models on Vivienne Westwood’s runway showcased bright, solid smoky eye shapes and single elliptical rings in sweet-inspired shades; while at MFW in Milan, Wunderkind kept it simple with chunky winged liner in rich pinks and royal blues on the top lid only.


Make-up artist top tips:

Kirstie Bower, make-up artist and educator for Mii cosmetics, which is distributed by Gerrard International, says to create this look in salon you need to strip it back. “The key is picking one bold shadow that suits your client and then patting it in to stop any dropping of colour”, she explains.

To bring in a striking pink hue, Bower advises using the popular draping technique – sculpting the face using blush only – “as it creates that strong, bold cheek without the need for contour”, she adds.

Bower shows us how to create this wintery smoky eye using Mii products and reveals how a little bit of glitter can take it from day to night…



1. Prep skin with primer then apply a medium-to-heavy coverage foundation, starting from the centre of the face and buffing outwards

2. Apply a long-wearing concealer where extra coverage is needed then set the base using mineral powder

3. Using the “draping” technique, sweep a warm pink blush in an L-shape down the face, starting at the temple and bringing it down to the apple of the cheek

4. Apply a nude eyeshadow crayon to both lids in a block shape to act as a base

5. Apply a strong navy blue eyeshadow, such as Mii’s One and Only Eye colour in Gaze, and pat it in a block shape over the base colour

6. Sweep a line of gold eyeshadow crayon across the lower lash line

7. Use several coats of black thickening mascara on lashes

8. Finish with nude lip liner

…to night

1. Apply black liner to lids but stop at the edges

2. Sweep glitter liner over the top of the black liner “to give the look a fun party feel”, says Bower

3. Add definition to the natural brow shape using a brown brow wand then coat lashes in more black mascara

4. Finish with a sweep of clear lip gloss.

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This article appears in the Professional Beauty October 2017 Issue of Professional Beauty

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This article appears in the Professional Beauty October 2017 Issue of Professional Beauty