How to do spring... if it ain’t
Not feeling florals? Pink make you wince? Fiona Mckim has your alternative spring make-up bag (and not a pastel in sight!)
Conventional wisdom suggests that the moment September arrives we all throw on a floral dress, ditch dark polish and go barelegged and barefaced bar a rosy pout or a flush of blush. Meanwhile, back in the real world, most of us have our own style going on and if girly isn’t it, the spring trends are unlikely to affect your make-up routine much. And why should they? The best look of all is inner confidence and feeling like you. But, this being the season of renewal, it does feel like a nice time to freshen up your beauty bag with a new shade or clever texture. So if you fancy an update, but aren’t partial to pretty-pretty, here’s our pick of the best new make-up around.
Just because it’s spring, it doesn’t mean you have to lighten up your base. If you have tone issues like veins and pigmentation, or oily skin that needs proper coverage to withstand midday melt, surely longer, brighter days make proper foundation even more essential? I say stick with the base you know and love, and just freshen it up by adding in a bit of glow. Mix in the Lancôme Custom Highlight Drops, R435 each for 15ml; or spread the lovely soft-focus Clarins SOS Primer in Universal Light, R400 for 30ml, underneath to create a radiant base. For absolute ease, spray on one of the two new MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Shimmers, R340 each for 100ml, to set make-up in place with a pearlescent finish.
Rich red ALWAYS ROCKS
If bold, grown-up lipstick’s your thing, wear the shades you adore in modern, waterlight textures. For a perfect true red, and tons of long-wearing pigment, try Palladio 4ever+ever Intense Lip Paint in Serendipity, R115. New Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush in Burning Berry, R545, is spreadable and sheer on coat one, but can be built-up, and blends beautifully on cheeks, too. A little creamier but still light, Sisley Phyto-lip Twist in Nut, R615, is a perfect red-toned brown in a handy crayon.
A moody MANI
Muted varnish always looks cool. Try these on shortish nails with chic square edges. Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Met My Match, R135, is a bruised purple with a translucent finish. Love red? Try L.O.V Cosmetics Lovinity Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in 330, R115, an unusual burnt terracotta. New to SA, Anny Nail Polish in Miss Burgundy, R100, is hip and sophisticated. Annoyingly, dark polish tends to show every little chip. Protect your hands with OPI Pro Spa Protective Hand, Nail & Cuticle Cream, R250 for 50ml, a hydrating lotion that also keeps nails, cuticles and varnish itself supple so it’s less likely to nick.