Whether you want to call it ‘bare face’, ‘post-gym’ skin or ‘nightclub skin’, you get the idea. The biggest beauty trend of this season involves fresh-faced, natural skin.
Leave your blotting paper and matte foundations aside, and concentrate on drinking lots of water and applying the right moisturizer for your skin type on a daily basis. If you feel insecure about baring your face, use c a BB cream or light foundation to hide imperfections, as long as the minimum coverage still allows your complexion to shine through.
Peach and rose blushes
The peach blush trend goes hand in hand with the aforementioned dewy skin trend. Long gone are the days of contouring and ‘strobing’ à la Kim Kardashian, and of wasting hours in front of a mirror to create the illusion of the perfect cheekbone.
This season’s trend is all about achieving a youthful and healthy look with a strategically positioned touch of blush. Pretty peach or rose tones applied to the apples of your cheeks will instantly give you radiance and create the illusion of an inner glow.
On the other end of the beauty trend spectrum this year is the dramatic, gothic lip. A dark lip is the perfect way to make a fashion statement, both with a casual day outfit and a sexier evening ensemble. The darker the shade, the more attitude it gives (and the harder it is to wear!). Near-black shades were spotted on the catwalks, as well as blackcurrant and cherry tones. Not everyone can pull off the black lip, but there are plenty of less dramatic, easier to wear berry-tones to choose from.
Graphic/double line eyeliner
The SS16 runways also saw the revival of a timeless make-up classic: the eyeliner. The graphic eyeliner trend encompasses several variations on the classic cat eye flick. Some of the over-the-top variations include the double line flick, the sixties draw-on lower lashes and the thick smudged upper line (think Amy Winehouse). For this last look, it may be easier to use a kohl pencil or to blend with a dark eyeshadow for a statement smokey eye.
The ponytail perfectly complements this season’s natural and understated look. It may look like an easy one to put together, but depending on your hair type and the level of sophistication you want to achieve, it can take some time to get just right. For a “casual” bohemian do, a good trick is not to use a comb but to only run your fingers through your hair, or use a texturizing salt spray. The slicker alternative to the messy ponytail is the tight ponytail, worn both high or low and held in place with a piece of fabric or a ribbon.
Writer: Parissa Venturini @Pari_VV