It is hard for designers to go wrong with Spring and Summer beauty. This year was no exception.
From aquamarine eye shadow at Chanel to rosy pink cheeks at Simone Rocha, there was a clear theme of bright colours. I know you may be thinking, bright colours? For Spring? Ground-breaking! But many make-up companies have launched new products to help make classic looks feel new.
Blush is Back
Most of us have focused primarily on contouring and highlighting, with blush being overlooked. The Michelle Williams of beauty products, if you will.
But the SS18 runways proved that this underrated gem is set to make a comeback. A cream blush is a great way to dip your toe into the colourful world of blush.
It also avoids making your make-up feel too heavy in the warmer months. Instead it provides a wash of colour that adds subtle definition to your face and easily sinks into your skin. Glossier’s “Cloud Paint Blushes” are buildable, and have the cutest paint tube packaging.
There are four shades, so they can cater to a variety of skin tones and personal preferences.
You Go Glen Coco
Glass Skin is defined by Christine Chang as “when your skin is so healthy, even-toned, and plumped with hydration that it’s almost translucent, like a shard of glass.”
Obviously, as with all skin based beauty trends, for the best effect, you should focus on your skincare routine.
However, most skincare products take weeks, even months, to reach full effect.
So, while an acid toner and vitamin C serum would be helpful in your quest for glowing skin, there are plenty of products that will allow you to fake it till you make it.
Becca’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation provides the luminosity of their cult favourite highlighters, except with a more natural sheen.
If that still isn’t providing enough radiance for you, then try Marc Jacob’s gel highlighter, as you can use it in the usual ‘highlighty’ places and mix it into your foundation!
Rihanna’s “Stunna Lip Paint” was formulated with all skin tones in mind, so this shade will be flattering on everyone.
As with most liquid lipsticks, it can be a little drying, so make sure to prep with lip balm.
It also has amazing staying power, so you don’t have to worry about it transferring or having lipstick-stained teeth.
Rihanna clearly put a lot of thought into creating a lip colour that could suit everyone no matter what their skin colour, which is impressive, as the same can’t be said for a lot of other makeup brands.
So, if you buy just one new lipstick this year, let it be this one. After all, this is Rihanna’s world and we’re all just living in it.
by Hannah Ahmed (Mearns Castle High School)