Beauty trends you’ll be bursting to try this spring

Once again, the catwalks delivered a bevy of hair and make-up inspiration for SS17, says Katie Wright.

“MAKE-UP that has been somewhere and done something... Lived!” is how Alex Box described the look at the Veronique Leroy show at Paris Fashion Week last September, and that’s an apt description for the prevailing attitude when it comes to SS17 beauty.

Smudgy black eyeliner was ubiquitous, skin was glowing — almost raw — and even where colour was prominent, there was a real freedom to it.

Hair had an equally unhurried feel, but make no mistake — it takes some doing to look this undone.

Here’s how to tap into spring’s carefree mood...


“Late night or early morning?” was the question Tom Pecheux posed at Rag & Bone, where black kohl liner was smudged beneath the eyes and lips were faintly painted.

Pecheux’s point is that the make-up doesn’t look freshly applied, it appears worn-in, a feeling echoed at countless other shows, from New York to Milan.

* 3ina The Pencil Eye Shadow in 111 Black,€9.27 free p&p


Bright cream eyeshadows made a splash on many a catwalk, from Emilio Pucci’s purple and green painterly daubs, to Haider Ackermann’s acid yellow eyeliner and Victoria Beckham’s azure blue lids.

* Kiko Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow in Pearly Electric Blue, currently reduced to €4.80 from €6.90 plus p&p


The other approach to bold colour harked back to the ’70s and ’80s, as powder shadows were buffed beautifully to create clouds of diffused colour, like the ‘lurex lavender’ shine Terry Barber mixed at Marques’Almeida, and the lipstick red repurposed on lids at Kenzo.

* MAC Casual Colour in High Jinks, €24 


From matte to moisturised, there’s no single rule when it comes to skin this season, but a subtle shine is the finish most make-up artists opted for — not harsh blasts of highlighter, however.

It’s about enhancing your natural complexion — forgo foundation in favour of a few dabs of concealer for the most authentic take on the trend.

* Nars Soft Matte Concealer, Brown Thomas, €30 

* MAC Strobe Cream, €10 (trial size), Brown Thomas 


Elsewhere, hair was swept tightly back, sometimes with a hefty dose of product (Markus Lupfer’s ‘romantic rebels’), sometimes tied or braided at the back (Carolina Herrera’s ‘bow’ illusion was particularly pretty).

Echoing the ’80s, these slick styles deliver heaps of attitude and put the spotlight on the make-up too.

* Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist, reduced to €4 from €7.99, Boots 


Gentle waves were the order of the day at a multitude of shows, with hair stylist Antonio Corral Calero going so far as to call the Temperley look ‘dishevelled’.

This isn’t the kind of hair that happens by accident, however, it’ll take a frizz-fighting blow-dry creme and barrel tongs to create just the right level of dishevelment.

* Moroccanoil Blow Dry Concentrate,€20.45 free p&p

* The Curl Company Enhance & Perfect Curl Cream, €11.49, Boots 


In keeping with the season’s pared-back approach, nude nails were championed widely, but not just pale shades.

Clear, high-shine polish over perfectly preened nails is the defining look of the season — you’d better get a mani booked (and fast).

* Nails Inc. ‘Kensington Caviar’ top coat, €17, Debenhams 

* Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, €13.99, Boots 


Plants you can pop on your patio for summer

A Question of Taste with Cormac Begley

Will Smith lets the Genie out of the bottle about Aladdin

New album of Rory Gallagher's music features unreleased tracks

More From The Irish Examiner