Chase Aston is an International Makeup Artist and he’s worked with some of the most beautiful people in the world.
Here, he shares his tips with us so we can all make sure that we look picture perfect for the next couple of months.
How does a woman’s beauty regime change in the winter? What additional things should we be doing, or not be doing?
First and foremost you should rethink your skincare regime. As the cold season rolls in you may need a heavier moisturiser so you could use one with aloe vera such as The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream (£9.00). It protects, rehydrates and moisturises your complexion as it’s exposed to the harsh winter.
The complexion and skin tone will change in both tone and texture during the winter, so you need to tweak your foundation shade accordingly. Switching to cream based formulations for the face, eyes and cheeks ensures softer looking make-up, as some powder-based products can look and feel dry and cakey. The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation (£14.00) has the perfect velvety consistency; it is also the first foundation to contain ultra moisturising, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Matte lipstick works really well all year round, but during the winter try to switch to a satin or moisturising format. This will ensure the lips do not appear dry and flaky.
Bronzers and luminizors are not just for the summer months, if anything they are the perfect make-up accessory for the winter. Revive a dull, tired and pallid complexion instantly with a dusting of bronzer.
Finally, do not over-exfoliate the complexion during the winter months as this constant battering on the skin’s surface can irritate and cause minor skin abrasions. Exfoliate once weekly with a gentle exfoliator such as The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator (£8.00) and always ensure that you moisturise well after.
What’s your favourite beauty look for this season? Any tips on how we can achieve this?
My favourite look for A/W is the dark and seductive smoky eye, barely-there cheeks and a sheer, almost nude pink-toned lip.
For the smoky eye, take The Body Shop 4-step Smoke & Sparkle Eye Palette in Silver Black (£14.00) then using an eye-shadow blender brush, sweep the lightest shade all over the whole eyelid. Next take the grey shade and blend onto the top eyelid, from the lash line to the crease of the eye, sweeping from the inner corner to just past the outer corners.
Now take the black shade and smudge along the top of the lash line, to the outer corners of the lids, drawing colour out past the lashes towards the brow. Smudge a delicate amount just underneath the lower lashes.
Next take the creamy silver highlighter and press onto the inner corners of the eyes and sweep along the brow bone. Finally take the black eye definer pencil and line along the top and bottom lash lines and the inner rim of the lower lid.
Then using The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit (£10.00), shape shade and define the brows, then curl lashes and add 3 coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.
For the cheeks, take The Body Shop Brush on Radiance (£13.00) and sweep across the temples and cheekbones for a sheer radiant glow. Then take The Body Shop Sparkler atomiser in Enchanting Gold (£14.00), and lightly spritz onto the cheeks, hairline and décolletage.
Finally, take The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Colour in Soft Heather (£9.00) and apply over clean lips for a natural, modern lip look.
Which three beauty products should women not live without in their make-up bag?
A blusher or bronzer… Instantly adds warmth and depth to a dull, tired and sallow complexion.
Mascara… Apply once to make the eyes appear awakened, two coats for luscious lashes, three coats to both the top and bottom lashes for instant drop dead gorgeous lashes!
Eye definer… Use to shape and shade brows, adding structure and balance to a bare or nude face. Also to line, define, and elongate the eyes.
What is your ultimate beauty tip?
Blend!..Blend!…Blend!…. The only hard line that should be seen on the face is liquid liner; everything else should be seamlessly blended. I use The Body Shop Face and Body Brush (£16.00) and Blusher Brush (£12.00) for dusting, blending and sculpting the face.
What new beauty trends can we expect in the New Year?
Bold lips, especially satin cherry tones. Crimson, rich red, burgundy and deep chocolate brown hues adorned the lips on all the leading runways this year; these are the surprise shades for the New Year going into Spring/Summer 2012.
Peachy-Pink is also going to be big. To achieve ‘peaches-and-cream’ flushed cheeks, mix two shades of peach and pink together, swirl onto a large face and body brush and sweep onto the apple of the cheeks and along cheek bones for a fresh and flirty cheek look.
The femme fatale look is still strong for S/S2012. Black, smoky eyes which look dark and dangerous, smudged, smoked, lined and defined.
For the less adventurous you can also expect earth toned shadows. Taupe, fawn, camel, khaki and copper tones were also the top shades of the season. Sheer to smudged, smoky to dark, these are the hot shades for the new season.
Wear the shades with soft and creamy complexions, naturally flawless with a hint of radiance, bold brows, and a killer nail varnish in a contrasting hue for individuality.
You’ve worked with some big celebrities, who would you say has the best skin or face to work with?
My favourite supermodels who have amazing faces and skin to work on are, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Yasmin LeBon and Eva Herzigova. My all-time favourite celebrity faces would be Britney Spears, Clemence Peosy and Cameron Diaz. They all have beautiful, open features – full lips, high cheekbones and large open eyes – perfect for makeup artistry.