Spring into Action | Shake up your Makeup

This year instead of rounding up a lot of new releases and Spring-appropriate bits of makeup I decided to take some inspiration from Spring 2015 runway trends and then dumb them down to the extreme. Most people are not models or makeup artists, so these are four quick and easy takes on runway trends which anyone can do. You don’t have to be skilled or genetically blessed…thankfully.

Bare Minimum / Nude Makeup

I have noticed that makeup has been getting more natural and minimal, to the point where in some cases “no makeup” makeup meant literally no makeup. No mascara, no foundation etc. is fine for runway models but the rest of us have spots to cover, or we look like myopic moles without mascara. Personally the whole minimal makeup trend is one I’m embracing in a big way. For a long time I’ve been wearing as little makeup as possible and it has been so liberating. Try: Hean CC Cream, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors, Dior Backstage Pros.

Berry / Red Lips

This is a bit of an extension of the first trend, but if you’re feeling a bit pale and wan without colour then just add a red or berry lipstick and don’t worry too much about the rest. Berry lips are usually associated with Autumn and Winter, but now they’re a Spring thing. Instead of being perfect just smudge them around the edges so they look a bit stained and lived-in. Red lips can also be more casual and look less ‘done’ when you keep the rest of your makeup very minimal, and they fit in well with the nautical French vibe that is going around. Try: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Envious, Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Primer in Berry , Clarins Rouge Eclat in Berry Pop, Revlon Balm Stain in Crush


Liner is around all the time, but I noticed a lot of winged liner around. Nude lips and winged liner or a modern cat eye remind me so much of the 60s and always feel French to me, I don’t know why. Maybe it reminds me of Jane Birkin and her modern-day counterpart Alexa Chung. There is a lot of graphic liner and even bright eyeliner in the mix (remember Dior’s mint green stick-on liner strips from their Spring collection?) but I think a simple winged liner with minimal nude makeup is always classy and much easier to achieve. Having said that, I know some people struggling with the wings. But practise makes perfect and you have to embrace your individual eye shape. Try: Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Liner, Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Eyeliner, Benefit Push-Up Liner, MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner

Purple Haze

This is pretty cliche for Spring, going back to the pastels, but apparently purple is a trend. You can stick to muted pastel shades or go brighter depending on how bold you’re feeling. I know not everyone likes purple, but it does really accentuate green eyes. All the runway pictures I looked at had purple shadow ringing the whole eye, but if you’re a bit wary why try a mauve shadow just on your mobile lid, or try a purple mascara? Try: L’Oreal Miss Manga Purple Mascara, Clinique All About Shadow Quad in Going Steady, Wet ‘n Wild Petal Pusher Eyeshadow Palette, Estee Lauder Pure Color 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted Berries.

The one thing most of these looks have in common is that everything is nude and natural and just one feature is added. Even out your skintone using your favourite BB cream or foundation, do as much concealing as you feel is necessary, throw on a nude lipstick and a bit of cream blush, a bit of mascara, and shrug off the weight of all that contouring and strobing and elaborate six-shade eyeshadow. Spring is about a fresh start and dropping the weight – whether it is heavy makeup, woolly clothing, chunky boots or those few kilos you picked up from too many pancakes. My theme for the season: less is more.


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