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Work the trends

Ready for a new-season shake-up? Whether you want to go glam or play with colour, these Spring/Summer make-up looks will get you there – fast!

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Rainbow Mani

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    The trend decoded

    This look is all about an explosion of colour, varying from three or four shades on each nail to solo blocks of brights. Our favourite? Jeremy Scott’s palette of bold primary hues, which were scattered across nails and accented with a ‘triangle’ of contrasting colour at the cuticle (above right). What’s not to love?

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    How do I wear it?

    • ‘For a more grown-up take on the trend, focus the colours on just the tips or edges of cuticles,’ advises manicurist Loui-Marie.

     

    • ‘To create a rainbow of shades on each nail, paint in stripes (you can use masking tape as a guide), waiting two minutes between applying each shade to avoid them mixing together,’ she adds. ‘And remember to use a top coat to seal the colour and help prevent chipping.’

     

    Top tip: ‘Bright nail shades really draw attention to your hands,’ warns Loui-Marie. ‘So make sure they’re in perfect condition by pushing back your cuticles, then nourishing the skin by applying a rich hand cream.’

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Glitter Lips

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    The trend decoded

    Our top tip for a summer party look? Glitter lips! OK, stay with us – we know it smacks of festive sparkle, but this time it’s different, because it’s worn with fresh-faced skin and make-up free eyes (yep, not even mascara). The princess-pink shade at Aigner was the most wearable take on the trend, but lots of shows rocked it with darker finishes, from rose gold at Fendi to coppery bronze at DKNY.

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    How do I wear it?

    • ‘This is a simple, one-step update for a summer party,’ says catwalk make-up artist Sascha Jackson. ‘Think of it as an accessory, like jewellery, for your face – as long as the rest of your make-up is pared back, it’s really wearable.’

     

    • ‘Make sure lips are clean and dry,’ advises Sascha. ‘With a sharp, nude lip pencil, draw around your lips to create an outline, then apply lip gloss as a base for the glitter to stick to.’

     

    • ‘Apply your chosen glitter with a lip brush: tap off any excess and gently press it over your lips, adding another layer if you want a bolder look,’ she says. ‘Then, using your finger, pat along your lips to press the glitter into any areas that the brush couldn’t reach.’

     

    • ‘If you want to go all out, entirely cover your lips with glitter, not forgetting the corners and Cupid’s bow,’ she adds. ‘Or, to tone it down, apply to the centre of your pout only (this also makes lips look fuller).’

     

    Top tip: ‘If glitter feels too high-maintenance, use a shimmery gloss or lipstick instead,’ says Sascha.

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Summer Sheen

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    The trend decoded

    The catwalks took the ‘no make-up make-up look’ to the next level this season, with models sporting gorgeously luminous skin and little else! The secret to this ultra-glossy finish, according to the pros, is to use skincare products alongside highlighters and moisturisers for ultimate sheen. We even spotted models being treated to a pre-show facial of cleanser, scrub, toner, moisturiser and serum!

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    How do I wear it?

    • This look is all about glow, but don’t panic if your skin isn’t perfect. ‘You can cheat a flawless complexion with a good base,’ Sascha explains. ‘For full coverage, opt for a moisturising foundation. Or choose a BB cream – great for blurring less obvious flaws on younger skin.’

     

    • ‘You can use skincare products to enhance your make-up,’ Sascha says. ‘A multi-tasking balm will highlight cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, brow bones and lips for an authentic post-facial sheen. Prepping skin with a serum and an illuminating moisturiser can also give a natural glow.’

     

    • ‘A speedy way to appear “fresh” is to apply a white eyeliner to the waterline,’ adds Sascha. ‘This neat trick can also be used to revamp natural make-up and help eyes look wide-awake.’

     

    • ‘Keep the rest of your make-up ultra-natural,’ she advises. ‘Lose the lipstick – a slick of balm will do – and skip the mascara, to really focus attention on your skin.’

     

    Top tip: ‘To add a dewy finish, spritz your make-up with a facial mist,’ says Sascha.

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Eye Candy

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    The trend decoded

    Bright, colourful shadows, worn as a slick above the eye crease, were the most summery trend of the season. From sunshine yellows to sunset pinks, and pretty much every conceivable pigment in between, they’re a fun way to update your style for dazzling summer nights out.

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    How do I wear it?

    • ‘There are no rules – don’t worry about matching the colour to your eyes or skin tone,’ says Sascha. ‘Just ask yourself if you’re in the mood for blue, green or pink. Or you could match to your outfit.’

     

    • ‘The best thing? This look is meant to be simple, so you won’t need to do any intricate shading,’ she adds. ‘The easiest option is to apply the shadow like a thick liner just above the crease of your eyelid, as seen at Ferragamo.’

     

    • ‘Alternatively, trace a brightly coloured eye pencil along your upper lashline, then continue the line above your lid, following the curve of the eye socket,’ suggests Sascha.

     

    • ‘Team brights with super-fresh, highlighted skin,’ she advises. ‘Plus, full, but natural, brows will help keep the focus on the eyes and frame your colour. Fill in gaps with a brow pencil, brushing afterwards to diffuse the colour.’

     

    Top tip: ‘Using an eye primer will help brights stay put for longer, make the colour stand out and avoid creasing,’ advises Sascha.

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Words Donna Francis Photography Imaxtree, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Pixeleyes
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