So, you’re scrolling through the ‘gram and just spotted a makeup look from Hailey Bieber, Lily Collins, Kendall Jenner or Karlie Kloss that warrants a double tap and a share? Vincent Oquendo – Shiseido Makeup’s North America Colour Artist may very well be behind it. Recently in town to celebrate the brand’s Autumn/Winter ’19 Complexion Launch, we got the chance to speak face to face with the man himself to suss out the coolest celeb-worthy makeup trends and tips that we should get in on.
Oquendo on the top three makeup trends to try now
Good skin is always in, which means a lot of self-care and figuring out which complexion product is for you. I personally love the Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact. The reason why I really like it – and the reason why it’s very good for those here in Singapore – is because it self-refreshes. It’s going to last all day because it has a 24-hour wear claim. Even if it’s really hot and humid outside, it’s not going to run. The second trend is to be adventurous with colour. Get nuts. Jewel tones are so beautiful on the eyes, so dress your eyes up and accessorise them as you would with jewellery, or even with your purse or shoes. You can really have fun with them. And the third is to find a neutral lipstick that works with everything. Find your everyday nude colour that works best for you so that you can always wear it with different looks, regardless of the colours.
Oquendo on the up and coming makeup trend to pay attention to
Now, everyone’s being very adventurous with colours and textures. It’s such a nice time in beauty because people are taking risks with colour – the colourful mascaras and eyeliners with the super fresh skin – and I love that. It’s a little bit more adventurous than what we’ve seen and now, brands are being hip with colours. They’re creating colours that you can combine or mix and match with to create interesting looks that you can showcase your best self with.
Oquendo on his favourite makeup hack
I love colourful mascara because I’m a child of the ‘80s, and coloured mascaras were huge in the ‘80s. I did a video with Winnie Harlow where I used colourful mascaras on her and they were beautiful. You can wear two different colours on the bottom lashes, take one colour and go through the other. It’ll look like streaks of colours in between your lashes where you’ll get a lot of depth and dimension. One thing I do with my clients when I use coloured mascara is that I will tap the mascara on the skin near the bottom lash, so it almost feels like a mistake. Then, you smudge it out when it’s dry so it looks like a smoky, smudgy monochromatic look where your eyeliner and mascaras are of the same colour.
Oquendo on other cool ways to wear neon pops of colours on the face
You can do beautiful natural base makeup with neon glitter or neon highlights – just like what I did on Hailey Bieber when she sat front row at the Balenciaga Fall/Winter ’19 show. I used the archliner ink that’s very pigmented and smudge-proof to draw black eyeliner and neon orange accents on the inner corners of the eyes.
Oquendo on the best way to apply foundation so that it looks natural
I love to apply foundation with a brush, especially Shiseido’s Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush. It fits perfectly into the opening of the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact. Plus, it’s made up of four different brushes combined, so each brush maintains it’s own integrity. It feels almost like a kabuki brush, but it’s never going to fray out due to its individual binding.
Oquendo on how to shade match yourself to the right foundation shade
I would recommend going to the counters to speak to beauty professionals, sit there and swipe it on your skin. Since there are small differences between the shades, you might choose 210 for example, but if you don’t try 220 and 140, you’ll never know the right shade for you. You’ll want to swipe three shades on your cheeks and whichever disappears the most is the one that you should go with because complexion products should be invisible. It should make you wonder if you’ve even put on any product at all.
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