INTO THE LIGHT
THE NEW NATURAL WILL GIVE YOU A HEADSTART ON THAT SUMMER GLOW
It’s the beauty world’s greatest irony: nailing the “natural” look takes a whole lot of work. David Jones showed how it’s done when it sent models down its spring-summer runway with a back-fromthe-beach glow and tousled tresses. In great news for beauty bludgers, their version is (almost) as easy as it looks.
M.A.C senior artist Nicole Thompson gave the smoky eye a seasonal update with a subtle sweep of toasty colour.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Cafe au Chic is too good a hue to save for your pout – it has an equally pretty sheen used on lids.
“The monochromatic ginger/ochre tone is blended all the way over the lids and up through the eyebrows,” Nicole says.
While summer is sure to deliver radiant bronze skin soon enough, you’ll have to do a little extra work in the meantime. This “effortless” look relies on a flawless base. “For the show I used my favourite skin coverage combo of Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and Face and Body Mixing Medium – glowing texture with the coverage every woman wants,” Nicole says. “The complexion is set with a spritz of backstage staple Prep + Prime Fix + spray to set and freshen.”
Aveda creative director Terri RobertsonKirkwood – responsible for Jesinta Franklin’s Iwoke-up-like-this mane – says the trend for tresses is to go with the flow.
“Hair texture has been moving away from beachy or controlled waves,” she says. “We are now seeing textures that become an enhanced take on your own hair. Curl is embraced but not contrived and it’s more about the movement being relaxed, healthy and more natural.”
If you’re like me and air-drying doesn’t deliver runway results, you can give nature a nudge in the right direction. Start by towel-drying your hair, focusing on lifting and squeezing the root area to maximise natural volume.
Split hair in four sections and apply a 10-cent size portion of Aveda be curly style prep or your favourite frizz fighter from root to tip.
If you have stubbornly straight strands or want a stronger finish, tong random sections.
You can get a similar result with a loose blowdry. Use a paddle brush to smooth the hairline and parting, but leave the hair underneath to dry naturally for a more undone feel.