Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get rid of any flaky winter skin, and switch to summer colours and styles in your beauty routines.
To help you on your way, read on for some of the key beauty trends you need to be aware of this summer.
For starters, we’re seeing a big trend on the runway right now (including at Alexa Chung’s recent show), and in magazines, of fresher faces.
Think pared back, “no-makeup makeup” that leaves freckles making an appearance (a la Megan Markle), and glowing skin that shows health and vitality.
To get this look, you need to focus on getting your skin in its best condition. What you eat and drink is very important, of course, so make sure you’re drinking enough water each day; avoiding lots of caffeine and alcohol; and concentrating on eating fresh, unprocessed foods.
Facials are another great way to get skin glowing. While there are many different treatment options available, of late there has been growth in the popularity of derma rolling, also known as microneedling (think of this like a lawn aerator for the face!). It involves the use of a mini wheel which is covered with hundreds of teeny-tiny needles. These prick the facial skin gently to help stimulate collagen production. It has been said to help with acne scarring, too.
Another popular service right now is PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatments. Nicknamed “vampire facials”, because the treatment involves having your own blood injected back into your face, these options have been utilised by numerous celebs, including Kim Kardashian.
Bec, a cosmetic RN from Gold Coast treatment centre Injectable Effects, is one Queenslander currently specialising in the facial. Vampire facials are said to help your skin in numerous ways, by improving texture, reducing inflammation, lightening dark circles, promoting new cell growth and repair, and stimulating the production of collagen.
As for makeup, to get a barely-there look, choose a lightweight option and blend it in with the heat from your hands to create a seamless, natural finish that melts into the skin. Add highlighter for radiance, and a loose powder on your T-zone to avoid greasiness.
Bold, Bright Eyes
Another trend that’s huge right now is bold, bright eyes. That’s right, a little pop of eighties fluoro is making its way into your look! For example, at many of the runway shows recently, including Missoni, there have been models decked out in eyeshadows and eye liner in electric shades like bright blue, pink, green, red, orange and yellow.
In fact, the sunrise orange and yellow shades in particular have been capturing attention in recent months. These bright colors have been seen on celebs such as Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, Rihanna, Zendaya, Vanessa Hudgens, Elle Fanning, Rita Ora, and Selena Gomez.
Numerous cosmetic brands have started releasing special-edition eye makeup palettes in very colourful ranges too, which makes it even easier to follow the trend.
Glitter and Rhinestones
If you’ve always been someone who loves adding sparkle to your life wherever possible, this trend is for you. It’s time to add glitter and rhinestones to your makeup creations.
For example, get glittery lids by embellishing your eyeliner or eyeshadow, or even add glitter or rhinestones to your face in other areas (such as the lips and cheeks) for ultimate twinkle and shine.
Beyoncé rocked this look at Coachella earlier in the year, and the “bling” look has really been picking up steam on the runways of late as well.
If such sparkle is too much for you, get in on the shiny, slick lips trend doing the rounds. After years of everyone obsessing over the best matte lipsticks, shine is making a huge comeback and people are opting for the wet lips look instead.
One reason why is that better technology has made it easier for makeup manufacturers to come up with more luxurious, and less goopy lip glosses, as well as clever oil-based lipstick formulas.
You can wear this versatile trend in a few ways. Pair it with statement eyeshadow at night time for look-at-me glam, or leave it as your single facial statement for all-day style.
To make your glossy lips last for longer, focus on good pout preparation. Keep your lips hydrated and use lip scrubs and balms before applying makeup to ensure it goes on smoothly and then stays put.