It’s a new season with a whole new world of want-to-wear make-up. But be warned, the new looks may be gorgeous but they are also pretty uncompromising; however, even with such clear cut trends (colour, Sixties, bright lip, super natural), there is still enough range (from Neon to nude) for us to pick and choose the looks we will want to wear. For the key trends from the catwalks, and how to make them work in real life, here is my guide to the new looks.
Whatever your look this Spring it all starts here with an immaculate polished, spa-perfect skin…Backstage, the secret to getting this perfection was in layering up products rather than relying on one cover-all base. Hydrating serums and dewy moisturisers prep the skin before primer, concealer, and base are blended on, with powder to mattify and luminous highlight for glow on the cheekbone, all contribute to this perfect finish. Light layers, carefully blended ensure the look is of beautiful skin, not beautiful make-up.
Powdered T-zones and a silvery shimmer on brow and cheekbones give that luxe definition to skin; ‘it’s that mannequin finish.’ explains Andrew Gallimore, make-up artist. A perfectly groomed brow or softly lined eye is the only other make-up needed, with lips bare except for balm – any lip colour (in any shade of nude) was dabbed on with a fingertip for the most natural finish.
everywhere from Balmain, Blumarine and Preen to Nicole Farhi, House of Holland and Alexander Wang
Start with fresh moisturised skin – anything hydrating plumps up every skin type; try mixing a hydrating serum like Darphin’s Hydraskin into your face cream for a super skin treat. Save time with this make-up pro trick; backstage they mixed primer 2:1 with foundation to get that real fresh skin finish.
Use a compact powder foundation with a big brush to dust down the centre of the face – it makes a good alternative to loose powder
- Brow gel to give that groomed finish – brush brows upwards for that ‘handsome’ brow – think Carine Roitfeld, ex-French Vogue Editor. Try Benefit’s Speed Brow Gel - Silvery or white glitter-free highlight like L’Oréal Lumi Magique to blend under the outer eye, high up on the cheekbone. - Powder to matte shine – skin has to be velvety. (Daniel Sandler’s Blotting Powder is perfect). - Contour to blend under cheekbones (it’s a blusher free-season), a matte bronzer or taupe cream eye shadow works equally well if blended out. - Lip balm.
Keep skin plump and hydrated with a moisturising skin spritz. Backstage Caudalie Beauty Elixir is the pro’s favourite.

Your Comments (2)

  1. Lucy Flora wrote on Mar 26th, 2013 ...

    Lucy Flora on Mar 26th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    This new nude look only works if you are a) young b )have flawless skin & c) are gorgeous. The rest of us need blusher, lippy and mascara!

    • Kitty on Apr 12th, 2013 at 2:42 am

      You’re absolutely right Lucy, if I don’t wear blusher I look like I’ve just sprung forth from a coffin! I can’t wear bronzer either as that looks simply ridiculous on my pale skin.


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