Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fashion backward: Embracing the slept-in, day-after look

Strange beauty trends are nothing new. Think pencil-thin eyebrows, crimped hair and any trend inspired by the cast of Jersey Shore.

But the latest trend in beauty, makeup that looks like it was slept in, may seem odd at first glance. Yet when done properly, last night's makeup, like cold pizza, has something to offer to those hungry for yummy new beauty trends.

Post-party pretty

House of Holland's recent show, aptly titled Debauched Debutantes, aimed to create fresh makeup looks that mimic day-after makeup with all of the coolness of a night spent partying. What exactly does chic day-after makeup look like? Think dark, smudgy eyes in hues of smoky gray and black plus lips that are stained rather than freshly lacquered for a lived-in look. And while bedhead hair has garnered a reputation for day-after sex appeal, House of Holland models sported disheveled updos that called to mind day-after prom hair done right.

Need help creating your own smudged, smoky-eye look? Head to YouTube, where thousands of smudgy eye-makeup tutorials are ready to view, or take a page from Kristen Stewart's book and embrace this trend by really sleeping in your eye makeup. "I never take off my eyeliner or my mascara because it looks so good the next day," Stewart recently told Into The Gloss.

Well-kissed lips

At London Fashion Week, Vivienne Westwood's Red Label show furthered the messy makeup trend. Lashes were long, lush and dull like (all fake, of course) and paired with brightly blushing cheeks in hues of red plus semi-matte, smudged red lips.

Val Garland, a MAC makeup artist, used shades of red and orange lipstick blended together on cheeks and added a matte red pigment atop lipstick to create a smudged, decidedly unlined lip. Embrace the trend in a manner that will garner admiring glances rather than incredulous stares by opting for a lip stain rather than a traditional lipstick. One to try is Smashbox MegaTint Long Wear Lip Color, $20 at Sephora, or opt for its drugstore counterpart of sorts in Revlon's Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm, $8.99 at Ulta.

Beauty trends go tough

Versace's Spring 2014 runway show in Milan showcased models who looked smoking hot with a tough-girl edge. Eyes were rimmed in well-smudged black kohl for a slept-in — or up-all-night — effect. Hair was definitely day-after style with teased, tousled and slept-in appeal; locks were parted in the middle and flyaways were embraced rather than eschewed.

But while talk of slept-in makeup and smudged eyes may be making the rounds this season, don't mistake chicly disheveled for sloppy. The goal is to look like you aren't trying too hard, which is quite different than looking like you don't try at all.

Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn at @tampabaypretty.