Chanel is famous for its timeless tweed suits and has updated its signature 4 Ombres Eye Palette, €44.50, with colours and textures inspired by the luxurious garments. Mirroring the multiple threads, the shadows’ finishes are available in matte, iridescent, and metallic finishes that are as striking in combination as the weave itself. The new collection comprises eight different palettes. “Tissé Cambon,” named for Coco’s former address, is especially lovely.
Word of a trend for snowy eye makeup may make you blanch but white really can look better than alright. Take the Spring catwalk look Tom Pecheux created for Ralph Lauren by layering the sheer highlighter from Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Palette, €67, over the entire lid.
“It gives a freshness that looks amazing with a tan,” the artist said. Fairer types can get the look with an off-white hue like Estée Lauder Stay-On Shadow Paint in Halo, €23. Avoid picking up the shade with your eyeliner, which looks quite theatrical with all-white lids.
Deep blues (especially cobalts) are some of the rare eye-shadow shades that suit everyone, as demonstrated by François Nars at Spring’s Marc Jacobs show. The artist used cobalt from Nars China Seas Duo, €34, along the lower lash-line. At Antonio Berardi, Gucci Westman used blues from Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Serene, €11.20, on the same area and added lots of mascara to top-lashes to create a “subtle but impactful china-doll look”.
Makeup artist Val Garland lit up the faces on Julien MacDonald’s Spring catwalk with a disco-esque golden glow. Eyes, cheeks and cupid’s bows sported this trend. The key to the look is to keep it glossy, rather than greasy. Add shine only where light hits the face naturally and mattify the skin around the nose, forehead and chin with powder. When using liquid highlighter (or any light-reflecting makeup), less is always more. Dab on sheer layer over sheer layer until you are happy with the effect. Great products for this trend include Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand, €32, and Benefit Sunbeam, €27.50.
Lips become the focal feature for colour this season, a trend pioneered at Saint Laurent and Prabal Gurung. Orange, neon-pink and magenta smackers were the boldest makeup statements on the catwalks and who didn’t notice Angelina’s animé-red lips at the Oscars? This trend is super-easy to achieve, especially as the rest of your makeup ought to be minimal.
Prep your pout with a good moisturiser, such as MAC Prep + Prime Lip Conditioner, €16.50, as brights will highlight any hint of dryness.
My favourite products for this trend include MAC Fleur d’Coral, €19 and any rich lacquer from YSL Beauté’s dazzling Gloss Volupté collection (pictured, below left), €25 each. Creative Director Lloyd Simmonds really went to town: “There are many shades, like a walk-in closet! I wanted to create a range of iconic colours, so drew my inspiration from the historic Saint Laurent colour codes: ‘Opium’ red, coral... The N° 49 ‘Terriblement Fuchsia’ is so YSL!”
Does the BB Cream market need another product? The sisters behind Benefit Cosmetics think so. The brand is a latecomer to this crowded category but has clearly learned from others’ mistakes. The Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector, €34, is described as an all-skin type base but the formula is best for normal to oily faces (moisturising ingredients are minimal).
The brand calls this liquid-cream “bigger than BB,” because it controls greasy shine while remaining fashionably sheer and lightweight. It is also fragrance-free and comes in six shades. The broad-spectrum SPF35 is a welcome bonus and ingredients will not irritate sensitive skin.
Spring polishes are typically ice-creamy pastels but it is refreshing to see OPI (pictured left) working with all the colours of Carnaval this season. The Brazil Collection boasts a range of bold brights with typically amusing names. The fiery “Red Hot Rio” is the destined-to-be-cult shade. “Where did Suzy’s Man-go?” and the banana-yellow “I Just Can’t Copa-cabana” (worn by Mrs Carter in her XO video) are perfect for holidays.
OPI is fashion’s favourite polish brand, not least because the brush and bottle facilitate touch-ups so well. The brand’s non-drip brush is a busy girl’s best friend, depositing full-saturated colour in just one coat. All polishes €14.50.