Missoni, All Over Press.

Missoni, All Over Press.

Best of spring beauty

From artistic brushstrokes of eyeshadow to super natural skin, here are the most exciting new beauty trends from the S/S 2015 catwalk presentations. Which one will be your favourite?

SS 2015 at Derek Lam and Matthew Williamson, Getty Images.

Long the colour of royalty, purple reigned supreme on models’ lids this season. At Vera Wang, plummy tones were used to create an all-around smoky eye; at Derek Lam a slick of mauve was applied to the upper lid, then finished off with purple mascara. Bolder hues with a glam vibe were seen at Matthew Williamson on several different skin tones, proving how incredibly flattering purple can be. 

Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni, Getty Images.

Everyone loves a bold lip, and there’s a new take on it this season. It’s still rich and saturated in colour, but you’ll need to ditch the lip liner. Seriously. As seen at Missoni, Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana and Zac Posen, the sultry look is about soft edges. So how to go about it? Simply take your favourite shade and literally press the lipstick on with your finger. You want a stained effect, which looks less “done” but just as audacious. 

Dior and Fendi, All Over Press/Getty Images.

The parallels between art and catwalk beauty got even stronger as makeup artists decided to mimic the brushstrokes of painters such as Joan Miró and Henri Matisse. Deft strokes of mint liner were applied to models’ lashlines at Dior, while pastel leather strips of blue were in favour at Fendi. Acid orange was painted under the eye at Peter Som, and daubs of blue eyeshadow at Rochas contrasted wonderfully with the exaggerated lashes. 

Sophie Theallet and Delpozo, Getty Images.

If you’re planning a nail-art adventure, make sure you visit the realm of negative space, which is a fancy name for showing off more of your natural nail. At Sophie Theallet, it was a French manicure with only a coloured tip, Dion Lee opted for a thin metallic stripe
on each bare nail, while only the half moons were painted in coral at Delpozo. The possibilities are endless. 

Chloé and Isabel Marant, Getty Images.

While good skin is always “in”, for spring it’s all about super natural 
(read: ultra glowy) skin. See the models at Calvin Klein, Chloé, Isabel Marant and Hermès, especially, where there was nary a pore in sight. The key to radiant, plump skin is actually in the prep. You need time to invest, not only in applying moisturisers, serums, masks and the like, but also in learning how to use the products. Slow, circular motions will boost circulation and give you that natural flush we all hanker after. 

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