Beauty – In full bloom

This sea­son’s sig­na­ture looks are far from sub­tle. From sparkles to pink hues, spring has never looked this bright

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Sparkle is the lat­est craze as seen at var­i­ous fash­ion shows in New York and Mi­lan. At Top­shop, it was ap­plied mess­ily around the eye and smeared across the eye­lid for a grungy ef­fect. While at Un­der­cover, chunky speck­les in vivid shades of blue and green were placed from the lash­line right up to the crease and pulled slightly across the bot­tom lash­line. To make these tech­niques shine, the rest of the face was left fairly clean, with the skin dewy and lips coated with neu­tral shades.


Con­tour­ing is tak­ing a back seat as strob­ing reigns supreme. How­ever , there is a slight twist to the tech­nique – high­lighter isn’t placed over the foun­da­tion, as usual. In­stead, hy­drat­ing serums are lay­ered on, fol­lowed by oils and lo­tions and then to fur­ther boost ra­di­ance, creamy shine-re­flect­ing il­lu­mi­na­tors reap­plied last. It’s all about max­i­mum shine!


An­other beauty trend that’s pop­ping this sea­son is fo­cus­ing on just one area of the face. If you wear a bold lip­stick, the lips be­come the stars of the show and you tone down all other fea­tures. This was well-ex­e­cuted at So­nia Rykiel, MSGM and Haider Ack­er­man. Vi­brant reds, pinks and pur­ples stole the shows, with the face neat­ened with just a lit­tle con­cealer and high­lighter.


There’s noth­ing that screams ‘spring’ like a bit of colour on the cat­walk, right? While the over­all tone at fash­ion weeks stayed neu­tral, a few de­sign­ers splashed colours in neon hues like yel­lows, or­anges, pinks and blues washed over the eye­lids, on the bot­tom lash line and tat­toed just above the cheek bones.


When we think ‘pink’, we think ul­tra girly or, even, doll-like. And this is ex­actly why it be­came this sea­son’s lead­ing hue. Pat Mc­Grath did it beau­ti­fully at Valentino, us­ing a dark shade of pink on the eye­lids, sweep­ing it just on the outer crease, brow bone and up­per cheek­bone. For ev­ery­day use, dust a pink eye­shadow on the en­tire eye­lid and bot­tom lash line and com­plete with fan­ning lashes.

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