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Beauty trends from The Makeup Show NYC: Glitter, eyebrows and flawless finish

Kevyn Aucoin was celebrated at 2014's The Makeup Show in NYC. Lisa Marie Presley as Marilyn Monroe.
Kevyn Aucoin was celebrated at 2014's The Makeup Show in NYC. Lisa Marie Presley as Marilyn Monroe.
Frank Haggerty

The beauty trends seen at The Makeup Show NYC this Sunday and Monday saw a return to natural beauty with a flawless finish, accented by unnecessary tools to create perfect eyebrows and three-dimensional glitter. Amid seminars, workshops and presentations was The Makeup Show’s first ever Icon Gallery, which celebrated the work of master makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.

The Make Up Forever Academy showing off its artistry at The Makeup Show.
Frank Haggerty

Two floors of exhibitors from Make Up Forever and Naked Cosmetics to Smashbox Cosmetics and Mac Pro, and all professional brands in between, lined the walls of the Metropolitan Pavilion on May fourth and fifth to bring makeup artists and attendees the latest beauty trends. The focus of all skin care and makeup is a flawless finish with product, primers and cosmetics to dedicated to achieving a perfect complexion.

Arched, overdramatic eyebrows were visible on men and women, with some to the point of laugh-out-loud hilarity. While a well-groomed eyebrow accentuates the eyes and adds drama to a photograph, the sharp-drawn edges should be toned down for everyday, daytime wear. Tools to create the perfect eyebrow were in abundance, yet it was the simpler brands that saw the most play, such as Youngblood’s Brow Artiste Sculpting Pencil that features a two-in-one pencil and brush, or Blinc’s colored eyebrow mousse. Billion Dollar Brows took eyebrow art to a whole other level with extreme tools, the Brow Buddy, which measures eyebrows and performs the same job as an inexpensive thin pencil.

Glitter is a beauty trend holding fast and showing no sign of slowing down as makeup technology has crafted more ways for sparkle to stay put. Glitz and the beauty products used to create it were in abundance at The Makeup Show with three-dimensional sparkle from Naked Cosmetics and phenomenal accents by LIT Cosmetics.

For makeup artists, The Makeup Show presented the first ever Icon Gallery dedicated to Kevyn Aucoin entitled, "The Makeup Show Icon Gallery, Kevyn Aucoin: Beauty and Soul. Visitors were privy to Aucoin’s palettes, his quotes, art, history and makeup masterpieces seen on celebrities and supermodels. Kevyn Aucoin’s life and career was tragically cut short, however his brand and devotion to beauty lives on in the cosmetic company that bares his name.

The slideshow depicts a few of the beauty trends seen at The Makeup Show and notable items from the Kevyn Aucoin Icon Gallery. Impressive to see was Aucoin’s transformation of Lisa Marie Presley to look like Marilyn Monroe. Kevyn not only was the artist behind Presley’s makeup, but he was also the photographer.