Tuesday, January 24

pretty imperfect makeup

Spring 2012 Runways / left to right: Alexander Herchcovitch, United Bamboo, Jill Stuart, Rebecca Minkoff source
Friday on Cup of Jo, Joanna shared a link to NYTimes article 

You Can Fall Out of Bed and Look Good

where reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom forecasts 2012's trend of imperfect makeup. This is the first time I've heard of this officially being a trend - and not just for hair (see: the ponytail from summer 2011, the ever-lurking chignon).

Rosenbloom says, "GOODBYE, lip liners, brow pencils, spackled-on foundations. The hottest beauty trend of 2012 is imperfection...Tousled hair, smudged eyeliner, dewy lips and luminous skin are in."

What a breath of fresh air! Ive been doing a version of this makeup trend since about May of last year. Why May? Well that spring my BFF Caitlin clued me in on "dewey" vs. matte makeup. Also last May was when I started dating my sweetheart Ky, and nothing says 'new relationship' like trying to look like you're not wearing makeup while wearing makeup. You know it's true - admit it. 
Techniques I do...
  • Under eye concealer. All day, everyday.
  • Bronzer for contouring - maybe not "dewy" but I'll argue contouring adds to my 'maybe she's born with it' looking bone structure = always a good thing. 
  • Layer upon layer of thick mascara - just the look Im loving right now for lashes.
  • Flawless yet light coverage by applying mix of regular foundation with face SPF daily.

Techniques I'll incorporate ...
  • Hair glaze once a month - protects hair, suggested in the article. 
  • More creamy metallic eyeshadows - Bobbi Brown
  • Brow pencil, a shade or two lighter than my current eyebrow powder (as a blonde, it is a must)
  • 'Stained' poppy pink and bright colored lip and cheek stain

A few looks from Spring 2012 runways where trend is seen: 

Viktor & Rolf, spring 2012. Notice the popsicle died, dewy lips. source

NYFW Street Style
Longchamp Spring 2012 Ad Campaign source

Miss Dior Spring 2012 Ad Campaign (I Love Mila) source


  1. Loving the blush tones for spring...pretty and magical...ahhh the power of pastels! Great collection!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

    1. Arent the pastels dreamy? Thanks for stopping by...going to visit your site now :)

  2. Great make-up tips. Loving the lip and cheek stain colors.

    The Klury Report & Kini Style

    1. Thanks Mandy, let me know if you pick and stains up and what you think of them. Hopefully I'll do a lip/cheek stain post soon. Following you now!

  3. This is a trend that I can see myself doing! Your routine sounds just like mine, love the idea of adding cheek stain.

    1. Thanks Natalie and thanks so much for stopping by. Just checked out your blog - love it! The design is gorgeous. Id love to take a blog design class from you.

  4. absolutely love these tips.

  5. oh yesssss i am so happy to hear about this trend. it means i can continue on with my lazy makeup routine and not worry about it haha.

    just checked out your previous post and i am so so jealous you were skiing in vail! i skiied there with my family in the winter of 07/08 and ill never forget it! its an incredibly beautiful place. i fell in love with it. I actually posted a photo on a recent blog post of mine wearing my vail tracksuit pants haha.

    so happy i found your blog. im following x

  6. i think cheek stain is so subtle and youthful and any trend that cuts down on prep time is ok in my book.



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