Mask-friendly beauty tips to create FW20 looks according to professional makeup artists

L'Officiel speaks to five professional makeup artists about how to approach your fall makeup looks.
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The aesthetics of autumn have birthed so many beauty trends that we now associate with colder weather—from vampy lips to flushed cheeks. But with COVID-19 restrictions still in full swing this fall, and masks that cover half of our faces, it's safe to say that our everyday makeup is going to look a little different this season.

Here, L'Officiel speaks with five professional and celebrity makeup artists about how to navigate beauty trends this season. Whether it be showing some underrated facial features some love or focusing on different categories of products, here's how to keep your makeup on-trend and mask-friendly.

It's All About the Eyes

Wearing a mask gives the perfect opportunity to amp up the eye makeup–but that doesn't have to mean a smokey eye or dramatic colour every day. Editorial makeup artist Mona Leanne suggests a couple of easy ways to accentuate the eyes. “A beige pencil in the waterline is a great way to make the eye pop when you don’t want to wear a lot of eye makeup,” she says.

“But personally, I’m a sucker for feline flick to make the eyes really stand out when wearing a mask—extend the line in the inner corners of the eye to make it extra catty.” Another simple tweak, courtesy of Beau Nelson–who works with Chanel Beauty, Tom Ford, and more–is to give the lashes a good curl. “I feel like this is a step people don’t always do and it makes such a huge difference, even if you aren’t wearing mascara,” Nelson tells us. “It opens up your eyes and makes you look awake and it tends to help emphasize the colour of your eyes as well.”




Reach for Autumnal Shades

If eyeshadow is more of your thing, Samantha Lau—one of Dua Lipa's go-to's—reccomends reddish-cranberry and warm brown shades, a univeresally-flattering color family that will add a little warmth to any look.

"A few years ago, Chanel came out with this beautiful 4-eyeshadow quad (Candeur et Experience), that has three beautiful warm matte brown shades and one matte brick red color," she says. "If you want a similar eyeshadow palette but in a satin, slightly shimmery finish, Charlotte Tilbury’s Walk of No Shame eyeshadow palette is beautiful, too. The powders are so creamy you can easily apply and blend it."



Let Your Skin Shine Through

Be it the extra time we have to indulge in skincare or our tendency to apply makeup with a lighter hand due to quarantine, natural skin is making a comeback. 

"Maybe the only upside to COVID is that people are wearing less foundation," says Nelson. Another fan is Romy Soleimani, who worked on Emily Ratajkowski's recent Vogue cover. "Gorgeous skin that glows is a favorite of mine, and I'm glad it's now trending," she tells us.



Accentuate the Brows

Another feature to emphasize is the brow, and Michael Anthony—the artist behind Ariana Grande's looks in her new "Positions" music video—is loving fluffy, lifted eyebrows. "With everyone wearing masks, you only have the face from above the nose—so the way we communicate with facial expression is limited to the eyes and eyebrows," he says.

"Why not have expressive, uplifted eyebrows to talk with and talk about?" When it comes to products, he recommends Patrick Ta's Major Brows and Anastasia Beverly Hills' brow gels.


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