Rainbow make-up is the latest beauty trend

This season’s happiest beauty look is all about eye-popping colour. Katie Wright sings the praises of the latest trend. 

Rainbow make-up is the latest beauty trend

Neutrals are nice, but the season’s happiest beauty look is all about the brights. Katie Wright sings the praises of the rainbow make-up trend.

This season’s happiest beauty look is all about eye-popping colour. Katie Wright sings the praises of the latest trend.

MAKE-UP has the power to transform your face, but this season’s boldest catwalk looks will send your mood soaring too, as saturated shades make a case for ditching the nudes, like, NOW.

Plus, this is a trend which spans the winter/spring divide, so it’s worth investing in a few vivid p igments to see you through to summer.

From ravishing red (and, no, not just lippie) to ultra-violet, here’s how to work the rainbow trend in the real world...


Described as ‘explosions of colour,’ at the AF Vandevorst show, powder pigment was dropped at random with a pipette over eyelids.

To soften this daring look, take a shimmery, dark red eyeshadow (or blush, which you’ve probably already got at home) and use your finger to tap it onto to the outer eye corner, then blend out with a blusher brush for diffused, subtle colour which is particularly flattering on hazel and green eyes.

* Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Apex, €19.50 www.debebenhams.ie

* Lottie London Blush Crush in Harry, €6.65 www.asos.com free p&p)


Attention, scarlet lip devotees: try switching out your blue-toned red for a zingy orange every once in a while, and discover the joy of a fruity pout, á la the Proenza Schouler catwalk.

If you’re fair-skinned, a shiny peach or coral shade works best, while matte tangerine and red-orange really pop against olive and darker skin tones.

* Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfector in 04 Orange, €20, Boots

* NARS Audacious Lipstick in Geraldine, €30 www.brownthomas.com


Backstage at I’m Isola Marras in Milan, MAC’s Michelle Magnani blended yellow and orange cream colours to create a custom ochre shade, that was painted over the eyelids and waterline, then gently smudged out.

Magnani added a swipe of hot pink under the eye, but this look is more wearable if you stick with just yellow on the eyes and finish with a sheer magenta wash over the lips.

* MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Genuine Orange, €18.50 www.brownthomas.com

* MAC Chromaline in Primary Yellow, €19.45 www.maccosmetics.co.uk


The ‘urban warriors’ on the Emilio Pucci SS17 catwalk were daubed with a wide slick of emerald paint in the eye crease, creating a fierce flash of colour.

Tone down this gutsy look by drawing a floating green pencil line in the crease and blending it Sixties-style, or use a metallic green liquid liner to trace a sharp cat-eye flick.

* 3ina The Colour Eyeliner 508, €10.60 www.asos.com


At Vivienne Westwood, nails were painted a stormy navy, the perfect shade if you want to go dark in the mani department without going full-on goth.

Give your talons the indigo treatment with Essie’s inky Bobbing for Baubles.

* Essie Bobbing for Baubles Nail Polish, €9.99 www.boots.ie


Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, models’ eyes were ringed with masses of powder blue at Thom Browne.

If you’re blessed with huge, doll-like eyes, this look will totally work on you — if not, a finer line of shadow in a shade that contrasts your eye colour is more flattering.

Complete the look with a dash of baby pink blusher and a pale lip.

(Thom Browne backstage image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics)

* 3ina The Eyeshadow 126, €11.93 www.3ina.com


‘Violet lipstick?!’ You might exclaim, but just a cursory glance at the #purplelips hashtag on Instagram proves a purple pout really is the way forward.

On the Ohne Titel catwalk, the models were given a moody purple hue, which looks gothically gorgeous against a porcelain complexion, but if you’ve a darker skin tone, a brilliant violet, whether matte or moist, will really zing.

* Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in BTCH, €28 www.debenhams.ie

* Nizz Purple Haze Lipstick, €18.35 www.nizzcosmetics.co.uk

More in this section


The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up