MAKE-UP artists at fashion shows have a tendency to get a bit, well, experimental — resulting in catwalk looks that you wouldn’t dream of wearing in real life.
The SS15 shows threw up a fair few of these (fake eyebrow piercings at Rodarte, for instance), but they also delivered some gorgeously wearable trends.
After autumn’s darkly decadent feel, the mood for spring is light and joyful, with hippy waves and groupie girl ’dos mirroring the ’70s fashion comeback.
Red lips return, but it’s really all about the eyes, with pretty purple shadows, bright eyeliners and glittery lids coming to the fore.
These are the top spring beauty trends you’ll want to DIY...
The cat-eye flick ruled the autumn runways, but for spring, it’s time to get adventurous with your eyeliner. At Dior, liquid pastel lines shone on models’ lids, while at Elie Saab, brightest aquatic blue ringed their eyes.
At Peter Som, flashes of neon orange were flecked under the eyes, but the most extreme liner look was at Fendi, where make-up artist Peter Philips cut slivers from the house’s cornflower blue leather hair ties and affixed them on models’ eyelids.
The easiest way to copy this trend? With the brightest eye pencil you can muster, the tip dampened to help deliver a thoroughly saturated layer of colour.
Mac Technakohl Liner in Skyscape, €18 ( www.brownthomas.com )
At the same time as the Seventies style revival, lots of designers sent their model armies out with long, groovy, flowing locks.
At Marchesa, Toni & Guy’s global hair ambassador Mark Hampton created what he called ‘Woodstock waves’, while at Peter Pilotto and Osman, tresses were straighter but still light and ethereal. At Tom Ford, shaggy just-got-out-of-bed barnets declared ‘I’m with the band’, a look you can recreate with a combination of volumising dust and texturising spray.
Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray, €8.99 ( www.boots.ie )
Taking glossy hair and glowing skin to the next level, wet-look locks and beyond-dewy complexions were seen at Temperley and Alexander Wang. Also in New York, with their illuminated cheekbones, flushed faces and slicked back hair, the Thakoon girls looked as though they’d just been for a run on a chilly spring morning.
‘But it’ll just make my hair/skin look greasy!’ I hear you cry. Not so – with the right products. Stick to powder highlighters on the face if you’ve got oily skin, and experiment with a hair pomade, rather than a spray, to get the texture just right.
Redken Water Wax 03 Shine Defining Pomade, €14.30, ( www.feelunique.com )
It’s back. After a season in the cold, the scarlet pout made a welcome return on the SS15 catwalks – but we’re not talking ‘bitten’ lips or delicate stains.
At Zac Posen in New York, a heavy coat of classic red was matched with glossy nails, while in London, a matte ruby shade ruled at Burberry, and Sibling’s doll-like models had pillar box bright mouths.
Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Union Red, €31 ( www.burberry.com , free p&p)
It was declared Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2014, which might be why so many make-up artists made a beeline for ‘radiant orchid’ when designing their catwalk looks (the spring shows happen in September, don’t forget).
At Derek Lam, a wash of pinky-purple covered eyelids, while at Vera Wang, a darker, matte shadow was used to create a twist on the smoky eye.
At Matthew Williamson, Benefit’s Lisa Potter-Dixon used a purple-hued lipstick as an eye colour, which is handy, because it means you can get the exact same colour on your own peepers.
Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour in Fling Thing, €22 ( www.debenhams.ie )
Spring’s most decadent make-up look? It’s got to be the glittery eyes that cropped up at London Fashion Week. At House of Holland, silver sparkled over a layer of grey eyeshadow and a heavily kohl-rimmed lower lid, and over at sequin-obsessed Ashish, gallons of glitter must have been used to coat all the way up to the eyebrows.
A smattering of sparkle is more wearable than you might imagine.
Barry M Dazzle Dust in 103 Eos, €6.99 (Boots)
As the clothing colour palettes were fairly subdued this season, it stands to reason it was all about pale and interesting manicures.
At Manish Arora, pretty pastel shades were chosen to match models’ clutch bags, while at Kenzo, a French manicure pink or baby blue base was shot through with an irregular band of silver origami paper. So load up on sugary shades, shimmering metallics and a nail art brush, and get playful with your nails.
MAC Nail Lacquer in Delicate, €10 (BrownThomas)