A fresh new way to wear bold colour.

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - Pho­tographed by PIERRE TOUSSAINT

WE’RE CALL­ING IT EARLY, but if 2018 has a buzz word, it has to be “trans­parency”, right? A re­ac­tion to the pres­sure peo­ple are feel­ing from the #Metoo and #Time­sup move­ments, gen­der in­equal­ity, equal-pay cam­paigns … be­cause in a world of change, trans­parency is key.

That con­cept could be trans­lated lit­er­ally to the fash­ion world, with de­sign­ers pre­sent­ing strong cases for sheer dress­ing over sev­eral sea­sons now, from sheer skirts to sheer dresses lay­ered over the top of pieces, to see-through plas­tic in the form of boots, rain­coats and even per­spex-cov­ered pony­tails, as at Chanel’s S/S 2018 show.

Ditto for beauty. When Pin­ter­est pre­dicted the top makeup trends for 2018 based on what fas­ci­nated its users, bold-hued eye shad­ows were a sur­prise en­try to the list. In­no­va­tions in tech­nol­ogy mean we’re now see­ing sheerer tex­tures than ever be­fore, thus a way to wear bold colour with­out look­ing over­done. An­other Pin­ter­est pre­dic­tion: lip tints will re­place lip­sticks. Clearly skin is very much in.

The trans­par­ent trend is also ex­tend­ing to the cheek, a fa­cial fea­ture which won’t be over­pow­ered by strong colour when you can ac­tu­ally see what lies be­neath. A stand­out prod­uct to achieve this look is the new Chanel Coco Lip Blush, a clever gel-like for­mula that mul­ti­tasks and looks as pretty on pouts as it does on cheeks. “Its amazing tex­ture is what makes it dif­fer­ent to other multi-use prod­ucts,” says Chanel’s of­fi­cial makeup artist for Aus­tralia,vic­to­ria Baron, who re­lied on it for al­most ev­ery im­age in this shoot.“how it dif­fers is it doesn’t sit on the skin and ap­pear a dif­fer­ent tex­ture,” she ex­plains. “It takes to the skin so the pig­ment and hy­dra­tion is all that’s vis­i­ble. It’s as if the colour has come from the skin nat­u­rally.”

Chanel jumper, price on ap­pli­ca­tion. Styled by KARLA CLARKE

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