Makeup Tips and Trends for 2015

The Hottest Styles in Makeup with James Overstreet



As we’ve all said dozens of times this season, “out with the old and in with the new!” The classic phrase rings particularly true when it comes to your makeup bag; the new year brings tons of chances to try out new trends, including new beauty looks. Makeup artist James Overstreet, who has been in the beauty industry for over ten years, gives us some insight into the latest makeup tips and trends to try in 2015.

Washes of color

“There’s a plethora of trends,” Overstreet says. “They really shook it up this season with wonderful surprises of color!” 

70’s-inspired washes of color drenched eyeshadows all over the runways for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. The simplicity of this trend makes it easy for anyone to try it out- just one eyeshadow is needed for the entire lid. A simple sweep of color can complete a fashionable eye look. 

Of the many colors present on the runway this season, it was majestic purple that ruled. Touches of lavender and deep orchid were seen at Vera Wang. “Using those beautiful lavenders can really make a subtle statement,” Overstreet says. Taupes and cool brown shadows were also swept across the lid at many shows, including Giorgio Armani.

Standout eyeliner

It really is all about the eyes this season. Like those colorful shadows, eyeliner was also featured across the runways. Whether you’re using eyeliner to delicately define your lashes or to make a bold, 60’s style wing, there is an eyeliner trend for everyone. Exaggerated eyeliner was seen on the runways of Givenchy, while Oscar de la Renta walked with a smokey, smudged look. 

The style of eyeliner isn’t the only way draw attention to your eyes; colored eyeliner is also a fun alternative to traditional blacks and browns. Unique colors were seen all over the runways, from orange liner at Peter Som to crimson liner at Max Mara. 

Bold Lips

A bright lip color can bring a youthful playfulness to any makeup look. The upcoming seasons offer new takes on this timeless trend. “Different variations of the coral lip have stayed popular for the past couple seasons,” Overstreet says. “Now we’re moving to more deep berries and into orange-y reds and tangerines.” 

Trying different color stains on your pout is another way to try out the trend in a more subtle, natural way, especially for those intimidated by the bolder trends. Try a bubble-gum pink or sheer peach stain to brighten up any look.

Freshening up Makeup

If none of these trends are up your alley, there is still a way to bring new life to your everyday makeup routine. Take notice of your foundation and adjust it to your skin; many of us don’t even realize we’re using a tone or texture that competes with our natural look. Overstreet says it’s best to use a dewy foundation and cream-based cheek products for more mature skin. “Dewy texture is hydrating for the skin and looks fresh,” he says. For younger skin, Overstreet suggests BB and CC creams; these are a great tool for those just starting out with makeup and represent the middle ground between foundation and moisturizer. 

There’s no arguing that this season is sure to shake things up. “It’s a fresh take on makeup again and I think people will be surprised,” Overstreet says. “Even people who don’t want to step out of their box. I think these trends will push them to the edge of the box, even if they don’t necessarily step out of it.” 

From daring lip colors to bold statement eyeliner, these trends for the upcoming seasons bring a fun and modern approach to makeup. So break down those box walls, swipe on a fresh lip color, and step out into the New Year!