Spruce up your Beauty Routine with These Trends

As the weather starts to warm up and flowers begin to bloom, it’s time to forgo wintry colour palettes and embrace the bright, fresh and pretty colours of spring. 


The new wave of metallic make-up can be used in a myriad of ways when you want to add a little glamour to your day or night look. From a subtle hint of dazzling silver eyeliner to an incandescent smoky eye, now is the time to sparkle and shine. Warm golden tones, are particularly popular this season and will complement all eye colours.

Try: Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow Multichrome in Incandescent ($70) gives eyes a radiant 3D effect; Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Amethyst ($38 from Mecca Cosmetica) creates a dazzling stare in a vibrant violet hue.


It’s easy to have fun with colour this season as eyeshadows, eyeliners and mascaras are here in every shade of blue imaginable. Steady your hand and try a sleek winged liner look. If it’s statement blue eyeshadow you’re fond of, start with a primer to ensure your look stays put. Add a subtle sweep of colour across your cheeks and a touch of gloss on the lips to finish the look.

Try: NARS Eye Shadow in Showgirl ($30 from Mecca Cosmetica); Chanel Stylo Ombre et Contour Eye Shadow in Bleu Nuit ($62); Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Vinyl Couture in I’m the Trouble ($66).


If you’re tired of matte lipstick drying out your lips, you’ll be pleased to hear that matte lip colours are making way for high-shine formulations this season. But forget about the sticky gloss formulations of yesteryear – next-generation lip glosses deliver plenty of shine without being overly sticky. And unlike matte lip colours, glossy shades can create the illusion of plumper lips. Vinyl-inspired shine will be one of the biggest beauty trends of the season, which means new formulas won’t sacrifice serious colour pay-off. If you’re after something more demure, however, look for clever gloss formulas with the added benefits of nourishing and hydrating properties to keep lips in tip-top condition.

Try: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in No. 69 ($66); Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Rose Crush ($59); NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Abruzzo ($41 from Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica).

Three Beauty Innovations to try in October

Our style and beauty editor, Nicole Saunders, rounds up three of the best new beauty innovations to try this month. 

New Dimensions

Finding a mascara brush that dispenses just the perfect amount of mascara to enhance lash length can be tricky. Fortunately, Chanel has turned to the world of 3D-printing to find the solution and banish clumpy lashes once and for all. Beauty world first, Le Volume Revolution ($65), features a 3D-printed mascara brush which has micro-cavities printed in the brush that is able to absorb mascara. The innovation not only means the ideal amount of mascara is applied to lashes, but you don’t have to re-dip your brush between applications. Clumpy mascara will well and truly be a thing of the past as each bristle has been printed so precisely in a millimetre scale to volumise and define lashes.

At Long Last

Anyone who has ever wanted long, healthy hair knows that it’s not always easy getting tresses to grow. Split ends and unwanted breakage get in the way and often it feels like your hair simply isn’t growing. Enter one of the most cutting-edge beauty innovations of the year: the Kerastase Extentioniste range – there’s an in-salon component ($35) and take-home care system (from $49). Harnessing a powerful fusion of creatine and ceramide, Extentioniste strengthens hair from the inside and from roots to ends to enhance overall hair health. The result is stronger, longer hair with less split ends and breakage.

Peel Power

Skincare innovator Dermalogica is proving that you can get serious results in the comfort of your own home with new Rapid Reveal Peel ($159). Designed to combat dullness and fine lines that appear as skin starts to age, the at-home peel, which consists of 10 individually package peels and a travel bag, restores radiance and youthfulness to the skin. Phytoactive alpha hydroxy acids slough away dead skin cells, fermented plant enzymes enhance skin tone and Australian caviar lime extract smoothes and brightens skin. After just one application skin appears healthier and more luminous.


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