Face Value: Slammin’ & Jammin’ Makeup Trends

Face Value: Slammin’ & Jammin’ Makeup Trends

At last weekend’s ACC Show – the largest curated fine crafts show in the country – the American Craft Council put on a “Style Slam.”

Several local stylists put together chic ensembles, and local interior designers created cool rooms using pieces created by artists in the show – the whole thing was emceed by Snap’s own Sloane Brown.

I had the honor of hosting the beauty team for the whirlwind day of model quick changes and on-the-spot makeovers. We highlighted three current cosmetic trends: monochromatic bronze, ultraviolet everything (thanks, Pantone!), and 90’s nudes (a subdued look that left a little open to interpretation).

Here we caught Carisa braving the bright convention center lights barefaced – not to be confused with the 90’s nudes look – as makeup artist Ida Slaughter makes quick work getting her face on trend.

Minutes later – after a dash around the show to pick out great accessories for Carisa with her stylist Taylor Evans – Ida had worked her ultraviolet ways on Carisa’s transformation. Ida used: a pale lavender shadow that she emphasized with deeper purple shadow smudged over dark plum liner; a full coverage foundation from Nars to handle all the purple powder (hey, it’s a show isn’t it?); a plum contour shade also from Nars; and finished with a pale lilac lipstick and slightly visible plum liner. (Trend alert: The visible lip liner is another thing that’s coming back into vogue!)

Later in the day, Ida was challenged with taking it up another notch for a night out. So, how do you go for added drama? Why like any brilliant Baltimore beauty, you add a pair of strip lashes, some purple glitter liner over the top, a lilac shimmer highlighter, and deeper lipstick in the same tone. Ta-Daaaa!

I have to give kudos to stylist Taylor Evans for her preferred look for herself and clients, which is a bit more subdued. Taylor let me fix her up a little myself, incorporating a subtle version of all three trends. We used soft plum instead of full on violet and kept it a little shiny and monochromatic all over . You can have 3x the fun without looking overdone. She loved the plumberry nude lip stain that pulled everything together and didn’t require touch-ups.

Jessica Andrea Potee – who modeled for stylist Jason Tom – proved monochromatic and 90’s nudes don’t have to be boring. Her glam squad, Sergio and partner Greg, pulled a trick used often by 90’s nude queen herself Kate Moss by smudging her kohl liner and tossing a vibrant lip over the daytime nudes to go out for evening.

After pulling a few pieces of hair up Jessica is transformed while managing to look effortless.

While we’re on the topic of effortless, even the guys need a little help in those show lights. To get him set for his time in the spotlight, I snapped a quick bit of pale yellow powder on the center of Jason’s face with a matte terracotta bronzer (named Elvis!) – both by the queen of nude makeup Bobbi Brown.

We had a great time Saturday, but no rest for the weary in this town! On a rainy eve at the new Winslow event venue in Federal Hill, I ran into jewelry designer Rachael Mulherin. We both confessed we were exhausted and leaving for NYC shortly on business. When I asked how she looked so amazing, she explained it’s getting the exact right shade of a MAC full cover concealer and foundation, adding some luminosity overtop, making sure brows are filled in as it lifts the eye, a few lash extensions and a pink lip with some shine again to boost the whole thing. I think she nailed it!

Dr. Steve Sobelman