The clocks going forward on Saturday night may mean one less hour in bed but it also means that spring is here. The days are getting longer and warmer, flowers are in bloom and everyone is generally in a better mood! The new season also means new fashion and new make-up…. here is a little round up of some of my favourite looks from the spring/summer 15 runways…
One beauty trend that reigned the spring/summer runways was fresh glowing skin and bare faces. From New York to Paris, the desire for minimal make-up was clear. Girls at Jil Sandler, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Chloe and Stella McCartney sported luminous polished skin with everything else kept simple. At Marc Jacobs no make-up was used at all, all concentration was put into skincare and the girls looked amazing.
If you don’t fancy going bare faced but like the idea of glowing skin – who doesn’t?! A few clever products can help. In the morning before makeup consider using an oil to moisturise. I love Bodhi and Birch’s Neroli Luce Revitalising Face Oil, it sinks into skin quickly so won’t leave you greasy but will help with that all important glow. If you can, skip the foundation and just use a concealer where needed or try a BB cream such as Balance Me’s BB Natural Perfection to add radiance. Brighten skin further with gentle highlights, RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer is great on any areas that need a lift. Rather than applying more make-up later on in the day refresh skin with a moisturiser such as Weleda’s Skin Food, gently dabbing onto cheeks and down the nose.
Pink was another trend that was seen at the shows. Pretty flushed cheeks were the look at Altuzarra, Versace and Erdem.
Teamed with fresh skin, this is something to suit everyone adding instant youth and vitality and is easy to achieve. Cream blushers are perfect for this and can be applied to a bare skin, making it quick too. Be sure to apply the colour onto your cheekbones and blend it up and out – apply it too low and it can actually drag your face down. Kjaer Weis’ Cream Blush in Blossoming is a good one to try, put some on your lips too. If you prefer a powder formulation, Alima Pure’s mineral blush in Pink is great for lots of skin tones.
Gloss was also a favourite product for the new season and got lots of playtime on the runways. It was used on the eyelids and brows at Thakoon, on the cheekbones at Marc by Marc Jacobs and the girls at Marni and Temperley had a shine all over their complexions.
Take inspiration from this and use a dab of shine to brighten eyes and skin. For high shine try a gloss like The Organic Pharmacy’s Champagne Lip Gloss, be careful where you put it to avoid looking sweaty and apply just a small amount as the last step in your make-up. Use a balm for more of a subtle approach, Trilogy’s Everything Balm is great for a soft sheen, use your fingers to gently apply to areas like your cheekbones.
Smokey eyes are going nowhere for spring/summer 15. They were seen at many shows including Diane Von Furstenberg, Vera wang, Roberto Cavalli and Sonia Rykiel. Giorgio Armani had a soft smokey eye while Tom Ford went for a strong rock star eye. The intensity may have differed from show to show but there was a strong theme of a metallic finish.
(Diane Von Furstenberg, Tom Ford, Robert Cavalli, Vera Wang)
Dark eyes are great for the evening but don’t be scared to wear them in the day too. Metallic shadows will reflect and catch light so can help to brighten eyes. Silvers and gunmetal greys are good universal colours, Alima Pure’s mineral shadow in Ava is a good choice. Apply a wash of colour all over the lid for a soft eye or layer with a kohl pencil for more of an intense look.
Red lips are here to stay too, a classic that will never date and seldom missing from the shows. Burberry Prorsum, Missoni, Zac Posen, Sibling, and Veronique Leroy all went for a red lip.
A red lip is an instant way to brighten a complexion. Mix textures to keep it modern – a matt lip and glossy skin is a great combination. This season lip lines were slightly blurred so apply your chosen colour with your finger for more of a relaxed finish. Ilia’s Wild Child is a great fiery red to give a go.
The 1970’s were a strong influence and seen in many of the collections. Naturally the trend made its way into some of the beauty looks. Paul and Joe’s fresh bronzed cheeks and nude lip complemented a soft smokey eye with full 70’s lashes perfectly. The girls at Matthew Williamson had a purple eye with gorgeous blush that was very reminiscent of 70’s glamour.
Inika’s mineral shadow in Velvet or RMS Beauty’s cream shadow in Imagine are lovely purples to give this look a go. Team them with lots of mascara, NATorigin’s mascara is great for layering so you can get creative with your lashes.