And so once again, the beauty agenda for the next Spring has been set. Hair and makeup was as varied as ever but natural, youthful, healthy beauty shone through with splashes of vibrant colour on the lips and eyes.
Going for Gold
The golden years are back. A seventies style glow was seen in force at Topshop Unique, House of Holland and Donna Karan. Dolce and Gabbana and Dior extended the warm golden tones to the eyes with the latter even introducing metallic painted brows. Meanwhile, Dries Van Noten used gold thread on the lashes for a sexy, shimmering look. Keep the look fresh and incorporate gilded accessories for the ultimate in chic extravagance.
Get the look: Sweep Laura Mercier Pressed Bronzing Powder, £26, where your skin would naturally catch the sun for a soft, golden sheen.
Anthony Vaccarello showed us that makeup can both minimalist and fun. More angular shapes were seen at Chanel and Prada with white liner stealing the show at Kenzo. Line up and get graphic!
Get the look: A precise eyeliner is imperative to master this trend. The no smearing, no caking, NARS Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner, £19 has it all!
Raw and Exposed
It’s no surprise that Spring/Summer is all about being as fresh as a daisy. But this season makeup is stripped back to the bare essentials – Balmain, Marni, Sportsmax, Chloe and Alexander Wang all showcased little more than a few pinches of the cheek. Fear not, we have the cheats to allow mere mortals to take on the trend.
Get the look: If you are brave enough, look to the barely there Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £28. Otherwise, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 provides the perfect blend of skincare and makeup.
Nail art isn’t going anywhere according to the breath of styles at the shows. Standouts include the religiously adorned House of Holland talons and the floating nail art seen at Jean Pierre Braganza. We spotted recurring matte, stripes & nude themes. Wear short and round to nail it!
Get the look: Serge Lutens Nail Lacquer in Faux Semblant, £40 is the perfect nearly nude shade. Use on its own or as a base for layers of fun.
If Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone and DKNY were anything to go by, lips are destined to offer a pop of colour this spring. The hot hues ranged from orange and pink to a fresh, bright red which we have fallen head over heels for. Meanwhile, a variation of last season’s ‘Petal Pout’ was seen in the multi-hued, blended tones at Creatures of Comfort, while textured lips were talk of the town at Givenchy.
Get the look: Lancôme’s L’Absolu Nu Lipstick, £22 ensures all eyes are on your precious pout.
Pretty in Pink
Fushia and lilac hues were washed over eyes for a pretty yet punk vibe at Burberry, Rochas and Dolce & Gabbana, whilst the shadow was so subtle at Balmain, Marni and Emilio Pucci, that it veered more towards nude.
Get the look: Layer the Yves Saint Laurent’s Ombre Solo Eye Shadow, £21 as you wish for varying flushes of the pretty hue.
‘Art attack’ was the phrase coined by journalists in reference to the painterly makeup seen everywhere. There was peculiar but oddly beautiful face splattering at Val Garland and ornately painted black eyebrows at Céline. The sequin-sewn face masks at Givenchy were of course the showstoppers, along with the Monet worthy multi-coloured eyes seen at Chanel. Proof that the face will be used as any kind of canvas in the quest for statement beauty!
Get the look:The highly pigmented NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Fashion Rebel, £25 is reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s pop art. Be brave and bold!
Hair Casualists vs Hair Conservatives
Take your pick, textured and tousled or smooth and straight – two contrasting styles battled it out in the hair stakes! On one side of the spectrum, loose surfer style waves set a relaxed tone at BCBG, Mulberry and Christopher Kane, while sleeker, more conservative dos impressed at Donna Karan, Jason Wu and Anya Hindmarch.