In the mood to have a little fun with your makeup? Or at the very least switch up the auto-pilot approach youâ€™ve been accustomed to these last few months?
There are plenty of new options on offer right now, and the best part is, most of them are easy, with little precision or expertise required.
We asked Lauren Hegley, MECCAâ€™s Education Partner her tips on the trending approaches to jump on board with right now and her favourite products to create them.
What are some key makeup trends coming into the new season?
For me, when I think of Spring I think of fresh, glowing skin and a pop of colour. With eyes, I see pastel colours being a big trend â€“ fun yellows, lilac, baby blue. NARS does single eyeshadows in fun colours! My top picks are ‘Matcha’ (green), ‘Baby Jane’ (baby blue), ‘Douro’ (yellow) and ‘Sultan’ (purple).Â Simply choose a fun colour and apply it to a primed eye, pressing the desired shadow across the lid, and blending it out with a clean blending brush.
A tip for if you want the eyeshadow to pop, try an eye primer with a very light base colour to make the colour pop! My pick is the Anastasia Beverly Hills eye primer. Eye primer is super important for eyeshadow longevity and stops eyeshadow from smudging. Paired up with a pastel eye, a nice tinted balm works really well.
The Kosas Wet Lip Oil has a great range of tinted lip oils that hydrate and provide a beautiful sheen to the lips. For a more pink nude, try ‘Malibu’, for a more neutral nude, try ‘Dip’ and for a clear lip treatment that you can pair with any other lip product, try ‘Jellyfish’. If pastel colours arenâ€™t for you, try a pop of colour on the lips. Spring is all about fresh, clean looks, think pink and peach.
The NARS Audacious Lipstick is a satin, high pigment lipstick that feel nourishing on the lips and has great colour payoff. For a peachy colour, try the shade ‘Juliette’, and for the perfect spring pink, try ‘Natalie’. This looks great with a complimentary shade of blush swiped across the cheeks.
For that glowing skin, try a cream blush. RMS Lip2Cheek is a coconut oil-based cream product that helps provide the skin with a wash of colour, and provides a glow thanks to the oil base. If youâ€™re just wanting to start with a wash of colour on the lips, try using your Lip2Cheek on the lips and cheeks.
Which trending colours are you picking to dominate?
As mentioned above, pastels for sure. I find people are wanting to experiment with makeup more and have fun with colour! When it comes to choosing colours, there are no rules but if you are wanting a colour that is going to make your eyes pop, you generally want to choose a colour that is completely opposite. For example â€“ colours like colbalt blue, turquoise for brown eyes, oranges and pinks for blue eyes, red and purple for green eyes and yellows and greens for hazel eyes.
The main thing is to have fun! Start off by trying a coloured eyeliner for an effective pop of colour.
Weâ€™ve noticed a lot of pink! What are some modern ways to wear pink now?
Pink can be worn everywhere! Eyes, lips, cheeks, you name it! My favourite way to tie pink into a makeup look is by using a pink blush on the cheeks and using this same colour through the crease of the eye â€“ this ties everything together for a seamless look.
My favourite universal pink blush is Westman Atelierâ€™s Baby Cheekâ€™s blush stick in the shade ‘Poppet’. It works well for all skin tones, and melts straight into the skin. If you have applied to much blush, simply just use fingers to blend out into the skin.
If cream blush isnâ€™t your thing, the NARS Orgasm X blush is a pink shade with flecks of gold, which looks so stunning on all skin tones. Although this trend was born in the 70â€™s, trending is my favourite makeup trend and is trending again much to my delight. Draping is when blush is used to contour, but my favourite way to drape is to bring the blush right up the cheekbone. Start by the apple of the cheek and look straight ahead â€“ the blush should start where your pupil is, and gradually blend it up the cheekbone. This doesnâ€™t only define and shape the face but brings colour and dimension back into the complexion.
Whatâ€™s key with lips right now?
Iâ€™m noticing a lot of our makeup brands incorporating active ingredients into their products, and lips are no exception. As such, I would recommend lip products like the Kosas Wet Lip Oil. This features hyaluronic acid, peptides and evening primrose oil to lock in moisture and hydrate while wearing. Another option is the Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Lip Balm, which features a blend of nourishing oils to replenish and hydrate. Lastly, the Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious Glide, this comes in a range of colours with hyaluronic spheres to hydrate and plump, and with vitamin E to protect the lips. The best part? It has SPF15+ to protect from the sun â€“ itâ€™s a win win!
L-R: Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara; Kosas Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss in Malibu; NARS Eyeshadows;Â Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Poppet; Chantecaille Future Skin Cushion Skincare Foundation
Makeup that has skincare ingredients, or just feels good to use, provides a degree of multi-tasking. What are some of your favourites?
Yes I agree! I love using makeup with added skincare benefits. For complexion, I love the Chantecaille Just Skin for a glowy medium coverage look. It has antioxidant protection with green tea and zinc oxide for a physical defense against UV rays. I love using a damp makeup sponge to apply this as it can be built up from a sheer coverage to a medium coverage. If your skin is on the oilier side, try Chantecailleâ€™s Future Skin, this is an oil-free medium coverage foundation with seaweed and charged water to deeply hydrate the skin and a blend of arnica, aloe and rosemary. This is an oil-free option that gives a radiant glow to the skin.
Another great skincare-based foundation is the Kosas Tinted Face Oil, this has a base of avocado and meadowfoam oil, which hydrates and plumps the skin. A tinted face oil can sound daunting for people with oily skin however this really does work for all skin types. Just shake the bottle and apply a few drops with a dense foundation brush or fingers for a flawless complexion.
Drunk Elephant is a â€˜cleanâ€™ skincare brand and they have two makeup products that are a great addition to the complexion. Firstly, the D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, which is a bronzing serum that you can wear alone, mixed in with moisturiser or foundation, worn as a cream bronzer for a fairer complexion or for extra glow to highlight a deeper complexion. D-Bronzi contains antioxidant protection to protect the skin from environmental aggressors, as well as adding radiance to the complexion! Drunk Elephant have also just released a product with a similar concept, O-Bloos which is a peachy, pink serum and can be worn as a blush or highlighter and mixed in with moisturiser or foundation. I would recommend O-Bloos for anyone who wants a natural flush to the skin, and can also help even out rosacea with the peachy golden tones. I personally love mixing them both together with a moisturiser for a sun-kissed, just-been-on-holiday look without the damage from the sun.
6. If we are going to be at home for the next little while or even a low key approach if we are out and about – what are some of your best small effort, big impact approaches?
First and foremost, SPF always. It is important to wear sunscreen everyday to prevent sun damage, even on the cloudiest of days. My holy grail is the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+, itâ€™s oxybenzone-free meaning itâ€™s reef safe, lightweight so doesnâ€™t feel thick like a traditional sunscreen, and vitamin E to nourish and protect the skin.
My go-toâ€™s for low effort but effective makeup looks are a light-coverage complexion, brows, lip balm, mascara and a cream blush. The complexion products I mentioned above are perfect for this no makeup makeup look. The cream blushes I mentioned, such as RMS Lip2Cheek, and lip balm such as Westman Atelierâ€™s Squeaky Clean are also great for achieving this look!
For brows, Kosas has recently brought out a brow range including a pencil and a gel. I love using the pencil first to define the brows, and finish with the gel to add depth to the brow and hold them in place. The Kosas brow gel also doubles as a treatment as it features a serum that helps to grow the brow hair while providing that fuller look.
For mascara, I highly rate the Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara. Itâ€™s a latex-based mascara that doesnâ€™t smudge, and when it comes to removing the mascara, all you need to do is rinse with water and it comes off in little tubes, leaving no residue and doesnâ€™t pull the lashes out â€“ a great alternative to a classic waterproof mascara that can be harsh on the eye area. If this doesnâ€™t sound like your kind of thing, my other favourite is the Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash, which it is a little bit more expensive but is totally worth it! Along with the mascara benefits, it also features lash growth serum and rose de mai oil to nourish lashes. The mascara can be built up for a more full look, but doesnâ€™t make your lashes clump together â€“ highly recommend.
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