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essica Varela is a San Diego based makeup artist with more than 11 years experience creating looks for weddings, special occasions, print, the runway, and television. 


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Best of Tokyo Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 Makeup Trends

Jessica Varela

Red lips at Hiroko Koshino Autumn/Winter 2013

Red lips at Hiroko Koshino Autumn/Winter 2013

Many of the designers at Tokyo Fashion Week opted to send their models down the runway in what seemed to be the most popular beauty trend for Fall 2013 - the bare face. Variations of the “no makeup” makeup look were paraded, but for the most part, models’ faces were kept clean and contoured. Two collections, Hiroko Koshino and Theatre Products, featured what I think, was the best of the bunch.

At Hiroko Koshino, lips were the focus. Models’ lips were painted a bright red in various skewed shapes, eyes were accented with a black winged liner, and skin was matte and almost white. Think modern day geisha girl.

To replicate the lip color seen at Hiroko Koshino, line and fill in the natural shape of the lip (unless your adventurous enough to replicate one of the shapes seen on the models) with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Red.

To recreate the winged liner, use a gel-based eyeliner. Most gel-based eyeliners are waterproof and easier to apply than liquid. I always compare applying eyeliners to applying paint. Imagine painting with watercolors (liquid)…the color is sheer and the edges can easily become diffused. Now imagine painting with oils (gel-based)…the color is opaque and you can create a crisp, clean edge. 

Not all products are built the same, however, and I highly recommend splurging when purchasing a gel-based eyeliner. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is a must-have! You will never find me without one in my kit. 

Sheer coral lips at Theatre Products Autumn/Winter 2013

Sheer coral lips at Theatre Products Autumn/Winter 2013

Considering it was an autumn/winter collection, the models’ makeup at Theatre Products was surprisingly fresh and light. Eyes were washed with a soft tan shadow and lined with just a touch of eyeliner.  Skin was slightly dewy and cheeks glowed with just a hint of color. A soft, sheer coral was applied to the lips and brows were neatly groomed. To duplicate the Theatre Products look, wash MAC Pigment in Tan on eyes, line with NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia, swipe cheeks with Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy, and color lips with NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days.

Hope you all have fun trying these looks and as always, if you have any questions about these looks or about my work as a San Diego makeup artist, send me an email today!