Spring makeup brings a fresh glow to eyes and skin
Beauty brands are channeling the natural, no-makeup looks seen in some spring/summer 2016 catwalk shows with products that put freshness and brightness at the heart of the season’s collections.
Just like ready-to-wear trends, spring makeup is all about keeping things simple yet chic.
Regardless of the many themes that have inspired the big cosmetics brands’ spring collections, the one key trend in this season’s ranges is a radiant glow, whether subtly understated or audaciously bold.
The season’s key looks are light and bright, with fresh, luminous skin and radiant eyes.
Radiant skin, softly sculpted cheeks
This season sees plenty of brands release skin palettes with formulations and colours to bring a bright, healthy glow to spring skin. Highlighting and illuminating powders are a must-have, with the likes of Dior and Yves Saint Laurent developing complexion-enhancing shade combinations formulated to correct imperfections and enhance natural radiance. Dior’s “Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens” (€57.50 – RM270.78) is a highlighting powder with an iridescent finish, whereas Yves Saint Laurent’s “Face Palette Collector Gypsy Opale” combines several shades to correct imperfections and uneven skin tone (€49).
The key product in any spring 2016 makeup bag has got to be blusher. For sculpting the face and adding a rosy glow, blusher brings a final flush of healthy colour to any fresh-faced look.
All the major beauty brands have cheek palettes out for this season.
Dr Hauschka, for example, has rebooted its “Rouge Powder Duo” compact, presented in a “Comeback” version with two pink hues that add uplifting colour to the face (€22.50).
Paul & Joe Beauty has two blush options to add a radiant glow to springtime skin, with “Powder Blush” for sculpting (€17) and “Creamy Blush” for a natural glow without highlighting pores (€17).
Eyes get pretty pastels and subtle shimmer
There are even more options out there for eyes. Brands like Lancôme and Dior opt for pretty, spring-inspired looks, with selections of soft, subtle shades, whereas Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent go for bolder, vibrant flashes of colour.
The spring 2016 edition of Lancôme’s iconic “Hypnôse Palette” matches four subtle eye shadow shades with one brighter, stronger colour (€53), whereas Dior gives eyes a bucolic vibe with pretty colours inspired by a garden in bloom.
Dior Beauty’s “5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens” eyeshadow palette is available in two versions for spring 2016 — “Rose Garden” and “Blue Garden”—both offering a selection of garden-inspired shades (€61).
Eyes get a more vibrant flash of colour at Chanel with the “Tissé Beverly Hills” edition of the brand’s iconic “Les 4 Ombres” palette (€51), sporting shades inspired by the sea, vegetation and California skies.
The look can be completed with a classic black mascara, like “Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara” from Marc Jacobs Beauty for XXL lashes (€27.50).
Or why not add an electrifying pop of colour with a brighter shade like Chanel’s “Le Volume de Chanel” mascara in “Ardent Purple” (€32) or Yves Saint Laurent’s “Volume Effet Faux Cils” mascara in pink or green (€33)?