We love London Fashion Week! The coolest of all Fashion Weeks (in our totally unbiased opinion, of course), LFW always brings the biggest, boldest and most desirable statements for the upcoming season and nowhere is this more evident than in the makeup looks adorning all those beautiful faces. Here’s our rundown of what you need to know about beauty for Spring Summer ‘16.
Pastels are always big in spring but next year we’ll be taking a step away from the sixties-inspired ice cool shades of SS15 and venturing into something altogether more bright and colourful – think a makeup artist let loose in a sweet shop. Don’t worry though, we’re not saying you have to take it as far as the clown-faced models at Gareth Pugh or the girls at Zandra Rhodes who were sent down the runway with childlike doodles all over their eyelids. For a much more wearable take on the trend, opt for small hints of colour here and there; run a brightly-coloured liner around the waterline of your eyes or pop on a bright pastel pink lip tint. If you don’t want to brave the look on your face, take the trend down to your nails with a bright multi-coloured pastel mani (OPI That’s Hula-rious, CND Vinylux in Salmon Run, Morgan Taylor in Lip Service, OPI You’re Such A Budapest, and CND Vinylux in Creekside are all ideal shades for this). If you look like you could be heading to a child’s birthday party, you’ve got it right.
Glowy, dewy, ‘no makeup makeup’ is still going strong in fashion but SS15 will see barely-there styles updated with a little touch of sun next year. Models were spritzed with fake tan then treated to a sweep of blusher or bronzer across their cheeks and nose for the flushed look of someone who’s been out in the sun a little too long (it’s much healthier to do this with makeup rather than the real thing, trust us). To get the look, W7 Cosmetics’ The Honey Queen Honeycomb blusher is the perfect blend of blush and bronze plus it has built-in highlighter for an instant dewy glow – three-in-one? You can’t go wrong.
The New Smoky
While pretty floaty blouses and skirts took their usual place on the Spring/Summer catwalks, SS16 did see a trend for girly pieces to be toughened up with durable materials and masculine tailoring. To match this new spring cool-girl style, beauty looks were toughened up too; models at Vivienne Westwood stomped down the catwalks with mask-like black eye makeup while Topshop’s girl wore smudgy liner and a sultry red lip. To replicate the look, bear in mind that the new smoky eye focuses much more on the lower lash line than before. You can opt for a glam seventies or eighties-inspired look with a neater, more defined smoky eyeshadow palette or follow in Topshop’s grungy footsteps with a more rebellious smear of black kohl eyeliner under lower lashes.