Spring has finally arrived and to pair with our sandals and new season tie-dye we’ve been eyeing the latest beauty looks. If you (like us) don’t have time to spend perfecting a whole new look, then read on for three easy shortcuts to your spring beauty update.
The New Glossy
After many seasons of matte finish lips and skin, gloss has begun to rise again. Last season we saw glossy lips making quite the comeback and we can now report that healthy, just-stepped-out-of-a-spa skin was a force on the SS19 catwalks too.
Get the Look
When it comes to skin, there’s a fine line between a highlighted, glossy finish and a shiny mess, so prevent the latter by prepping skin properly. Start by deeply hydrating skin with a plumping face oil like Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil which works to boost skin radiance in the long-term, while instantly imparting a dewy glow.
Glossy skin can be quick to fade, so ensure you use a primer to lock down the look without knocking out the radiance. Space NK Pro Artist Arif Khan recommends Cover FX Dewy Skin Primer for glass-like skin. “To apply – warm a pea-sized amount in your hands and press it over the face where you want the strongest glow – the cheekbones and temples – and press any remaining product into the rest of the face, avoiding the t-zone as this will look like a midday shine.” Glossy skin can highlight any imperfections so avoid this with a little foundation only where needed to hide imperfections while still boosting glow – try Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation. “Use a cream blusher for a natural dewy cheek” explains Arif – we like Chantecaille Cheek Gelée. Plus, as Arif explains “it goes without saying the less powder the better for glossy skin. I only use translucent (try Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Powder) to take down shine in the t-zone.”
For a quick lip update swap your matte lipstick for a gloss like By Terry Lip-Expert Shine, or even layer a clear gloss like Nars Lip Gloss in Triple X on top of your favourite matte shade. For the ultimate gloss application take a tip from Arif and “focus the product mainly in the centre of the lips blending the smallest amount onto the corners of the lips. This gives the effect of fuller lips and because you haven’t overloaded lips, your hair won’t stick to your lips as much!”
Pink All Over
Pink was everywhere this season – on eyes, cheeks and lips at Giorgio Armani, in neon eye shades at Rodarte and in a soft blush-tone at Badgley Mischka. A flattering shade that’s easier to wear than you think, pink looks modern, fresh and is perfect for springtime.
Get the Look
Take inspiration from the catwalk and use the same pink hue across eyes, cheeks and lips, Nioka Simmons Space NK Pro Makeup Artist recommends trying Nars The Multiple to achieve this look, “the chunky stick has been specially designed for multi-use on the eyes, lip and cheeks, the best pinks for everyone are Na Pali Coast, G Spot and the famous Orgasm.”
Start with a classic smooth base – try Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 to even out tone and cover minor imperfections – then smooth The Multiple across the apples of your cheeks before blending towards the cheekbone. For lips, take a brush – we like Space NK 304 and build up colour from The Multiple before applying several layers to lips – starting at the Cupid’s Bow. If you’re in a hurry, swipe straight from the tube for a fresh, lived-in look. “I like to apply a wash of colour to the eyelid” says Nioka, “but you can also use it just in the crease or just under the lower lash line for something a bit different. This look works well with a lot of mascara”, we recommend Hourglass Caution Mascara for dramatic lashes.
Bright Graphic Eyeliner
Step out of your black eyeliner comfort zone this season and try a bold new sunshine shade inspired by the graphic designs seen on the SS19 catwalks. We loved the swooping designs at Marni and the bright shades at Dior. For something more wearable, we asked Space NK Pro Makeup Artist Jutheanne Cruz Wild for her top tips.
Get the Look
Jutheanne recommends always adapting your eyeliner to your eye shape. “Look in the mirror and work out what shape would suit your eyelids best; most people look great with a cat eye liner that lifts at the outer corner, but if you have hooded eyes then it’s best to start your graphic eyeliner from the lower lash line before taking it to the corners and upwards.” She adds. The Surratt Auto Graphique Eyeliner stays on all day as it is oil proof so is a great option for anyone prone to oily lids.
When it comes to colour, we say the brighter the better and we’re already sporting Tom Ford Eye Kohl Duo in L’Aventura a deep teal shade. Jutheanne recommends copper eyeliner, such as Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Bronze “to bring out blue or brown eyes, whereas purple – try By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly in Purple Label – enhances green or hazel eyes.” To get the look fast, keep your base simple by swiping on Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick for a unified finish. Next apply your liner to the upper lash line, staying as close to lashes as possible and then gently smudge upwards with your ring finger. For more drama line your lower waterline in the same shade, coat lashes with mascara and finish by brushing eyebrows upwards.