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!)

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Editor’s Letter -

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.

Get GLOW­ING

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.

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