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Difference Between Everyday Makeup & Fashion/Runway Makeup

What are the first few words that come to head when ‘fashion makeup’ flashes before you?

Drama. Free spirit. Diva. Color parade. Flashy. Glittery. Feathery. Creative. Intriguing.

How about everyday/regular makeup?

Simple. Natural. Soft. Young. Innocence.  Clean. Radiant. Light. Beauty.

Most of us apply everyday makeup because its:


Easy as 1.2.3, fast application

Enhances our natural beauty

Hides scars, pimples and unwanted blemishes

You won’t find many of us strolling down the street heading to work or running errands with heavy makeup and have people questioning “Where is she going?” If you’re in that pool of courageous souls, hey it’s your own prerogative and I applaud you. However, I’ll save vibrant, rainbow, dark looks for holidays or special events (i.e. Halloween, birthdays, New Year’s).

For a natural look I usually prepare my face by applying (1) Pressed Powder by MAC (2) matte Bronzer by MAC to contour and give myself some color. I make a fishy face and apply it right were you see the dent.  This will give the illusion that I have beautiful, high cheekbones (3) and in a circular motion I apply a peachy color blush on the apples of my cheeks. I tend to smile and start by the side hair line and work my way to down to my cheeks.

Moving on to the eyes, my ultimate favorite feature to work with! Thankfully, I was blessed with big, beautiful eyes giving me lots of space to work my magic. A little secret, I didn’t like them when I was younger because of all the teasing I used to get.  But ok, back to business.  I use MAC Grain Satin eyeshadow (shown on my picture above) on my entire eyelid with a light application of MAC Down Brown eyeshadow on the crease. The crease is the line or fold below your brow bone or the top of where your eyeball ends. I top the look with CoverGirl Perfect Point Eyeliner in Black Onyx to line my upper lashes, plus a swipe of liquid eyeliner on top of the pencil eyeliner; and finish it off with Maybelline Turbo Volume mascara. I fill my lips with MAC Angel, a nude lipstick with a hint of pink and coat it with MAC Revealing lipgloss. Smooch! 

Now Fashion makeup will transform an average Jane Doe to the next Nicki Minaj. As most of you may have noticed runway makeup tends to be sometimes dramatic in the sense of pigment and texture, this helps the makeup to be viewed better from afar where the whole look needs to be noticed by the audience. Therefore, when applying makeup for such look, you will add little more than what you are usually used to (i.e. blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and can’t forget dramatic eyelash extensions).  The direction of fashion runway clothing goes hand in hand with makeup because it aids to interpret the trends that will have everyone going

Uuuuuu! Ahhhhhhh! I sooo want that piece!

Mascara, lipstick and eye shadow,

Mel G.