Ok so maybe it’s not saving the world but in turbulent times we have to grab the simple pleasures where we can. Buying a new lipstick; trying a new style of eyeliner; adding a bit of glitter: It’s all about feeling good and having fun. Like those therapeutic colouring books for grown-ups come to life.
Wear what makes you happy.
In the nude
Here’s one to start you off gently. Or not, as we all know that creating a natural, healthy complexion can be the hardest look to pull off. A good skincare routine is a fundamental basic here but give your complexion a helping hand with a primer. Try the new Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 Minute Priming Moisture Mask and The Smoother Universal Protecting Primer, both available from June, or, Origins Flower Fusion Hydrating Sheet Masks. These offer a great quick fix to get your skin glowing pre-make-up. Alternatively, use your usual serum or moisturiser but spend an extra couple of minutes massaging it into the skin to boost circulation and create radiance. A tinted moisturiser (such as NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint which also works like a BB cream) is a great friend to the clean skin look. Then all you need are groomed brows (the Benefit brow collection is fantastically wide-ranging with the tools to create great brows whatever your style and shade), a slick of natural lipstick (bareMinerals Gen Nude lipstick range) and really you’re good to go. A stroke of skin-tone appropriate eye shadow and a bit of eye liner or mascara for definition = optional.
To all things in life there is a balance. A yin to the yang. To counter the clean skin look let’s go all-out crazy on colour. This season, it’s all about choosing one bold statement shade on one feature and going for it with confidence. The Spring/Summer catwalks had yellow, neon pink, sapphire, orange and aquamarine on display but the choice is yours. If you’re looking for inspiration, MAC Cosmetics is not shy when it comes to colour with its dazzling rainbows of highly-pigmented eye-shadows, blush and lipsticks. Nyx is another brand which offers a kaleidoscope of colours and whose products come with a price point that allows for a little random experimentation. Recently bought by L’Oréal, look out for Nyx coming to travel shopping soon. We’ll keep you posted.
Drawing the line
First up on the latest way to wear eye liner is a slight variation on the classic smokey: the smudgy eye. Good news for those of us whose precise application techniques don’t quite make the grade. A little more free-form than its smokey cousin, the smudgy eye can be created by blending a dark eye shadow out from the lash line right up to just past the crease.
For a more polished look, go for an elongated flick taking the liner along the upper lash line and extending out past the corner of the eye, finishing with an upwards flick. Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner or L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Eye Liner Ultra Precision help with getting that line exactly where you want it.
Another way of modernising your eye liner this season is to ditch the black and go for navy blue instead. NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg has a Kohliner in Navy.
Remember the ’80s? They say if you can remember the first time something was in fashion you’re too old to revisit it but we say rules like that don’t wash any more. If it suits you, if you want to step out of your cosmetic comfort zone, or if it just brings you joy, embrace the Dynasty-esque over-the-top nature of ’80s make-up. Back in the day, all the drawing and shading and blending of so many different colours under your Lady Di fringe, your bubble perm or your mohican could have earned you a degree in graphic design. For the modern update: coloured mascara, fuchsia lipstick and bright blush – see below.
Showing the other cheek
The recent role of blush has been to add a glow of healthy radiance to our complexions. It has been playing the role of bridesmaid to the main focus of eyes and lips, its ultimate achievement to be that people wouldn’t think you were wearing any. That you just have a pretty bloom in your cheeks due to your healthy, happy life (and with special mention to the global phenomenon that is NARS Orgasm Blush, due to a permanent post-coital glow).
Now is the time for blush to step into the limelight. In a trend that works in tandem with the ’80s revival, blush is coming to the party as the guest of honour adding a bold sweep of colour right across the cheek. For highly-pigmented colour try Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil.
Is there any beauty trend more life-enhancing than sprinkling glitter over yourself? By literally adding sparkle to your face you are adding sparkle to your life. Surely. We won’t dwell for now on how you will be finding said glitter for weeks to come in the most unexpected places. Maybe that’s part of the fun. Everywhere you go, you will leave a trail of shimmering particles like a real-life fairy.
For the truly audacious, there is the glitter lip: Apply a creamy lipstick to lips and then press in the sparkles. MAC Glitter works well. Bright colours work for an attention-grabbing showgirl look but you can also scale down the Vegas by opting for a more neutral colour and adding just a subtle amount of glitter.
Sporting a matching lip and eye has been a beauty no-no for a while now but as with all things its time has come again. Whether you are deliberately going for a perfectly polished look or wearing your matching shades accessorised with an ironic hipster shrug it’s a look that is pleasingly neat and tidy. If you like your make-up trends to come with a political viewpoint this is perhaps the most obvious reaction to a world turned on its head. Where there is chaos let painting your face bring order.
High Gloss Effect
The big selling point of this trend is that it has the effect of making your eyes look bigger. That and the fact that it can be achieved by a quick slick of Vaseline.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream also works well: Apply your preferred shade of eye shadow and then use your ring finger to dab Eight Hour Cream over the top. Don’t overdo it, a little applied in the middle of the eyelid will do the trick.