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. 

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 


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