Every season beauty editors wait with bated breath to see what the makeup and hair geniuses will create for the world’s biggest fashion houses during Fashion Week. There are moments when something truly never-seen-before happens and those shows are oh-so special. However, generally there will always be repetition on a theme. Hello, classic red lipstick.
But don’t read this as meaning that nothing is new. Slight nuances and tweaks will make this season’s red lip slightly different from last’s. And that’s what trends are all about. Looking at past influences and adapting them for the here and now. For we will still be talking about red lipstick in 10 years’ time, but with 10 years of inspiration behind it, it will look different, and you will feel different wearing it.
So here is our pick of this season’s trends to feast your eyes on, take inspiration from and wear the way you want to wear them. And we decided to leave red lips alone (even though they are huge this season, the key is to go for a suede effect – somewhere between a hint of gloss and matte) for no other reason than orange lashes piqued our interest more.
Glow to Go
Shows: Isabel Marant and Balmain
Why: It’s the look that supermodels get away with effortlessly (mainly thanks to being 16 years old and having the best facialists and makeup artists plumping and preening their skin) but season after season the beauty element that transcends all shows is an effortless glow and seemingly perfect complexion. Low-key beauty looks will forever be chic when it comes to the catwalks, but it also requires the most amount of work as tired eyes and stressed out skin take more effort to diminish to allow the luminosity and glow factor to take centre stage.
How: Before you can even think about applying any type of makeup, your skincare regimen needs to be just so. This is all about exfoliating regularly to slough away dead skin cells and to let your skin get plump and begin to get its glow on. Next come the antioxidant-packed serums to get your moisture hit and to instantly get to work on smoothing out fine lines. Then a skin illuminator, either in a primer or moisturiser base. Finally you can start to apply makeup. A touch of concealer where required and a lightweight foundation to give a slight uniformity to the skin. Finish with the most sheer of blushes and highlighter to create the illusion of a glow that’s coming from within.
Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Dh137
Lancôme Custom Strobing Drop, Dh175
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Dh165
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, Dh213
Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo, Dh394
The New Au Naturel
Shows: Missoni, Preen and Tommy Hilfiger
Why: It sounds trite to write that your hair looks best when you work with what you’ve got, but it’s true. And that’s what the chicest catwalks showed off this season. No uniform curls, no traditionally set blow-dries and definitely no robotically straightened hair. In short, hair that wasn’t 100 per cent perfect. Real-life hair, thank goodness for that.
How: It’s all about looking at how your hair behaves naturally and then tweaking it ever so slightly to create an ever better shape. So, if your hair naturally curls at the mid-lengths then nail those easy-going beach waves using your straightener. If your hair is poker straight, a spritz of a strong-hold salt spray on damp hair and then air drying will create texture and oomph. If your frizz is just that bit too much to deal with then a great blow-dry spray and great blow-dry action will create smoothness without losing shape.
Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Dh137
Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Concentrate, Dh397
Shows: Dior, Dries Van Noten and Prada
Why: Having a failsafe look is all very well and good, but sometimes it’s good to push your beauty limits and try something completely different and a little bit scary. That’s where colour comes in. This season’s catwalks were not just about a hint of colour here and there. Colour was bright, fluoro levels in fact, and it was worn boldly. And we encourage you to do the same. Of course, life is not a catwalk so you may want to rein it in a little by confining colour to just one zone. This also prevents it looking too Halloween-like and more of a style choice. The meek should start with nails and eyeliner. Those feeling braver should go for mascara and cheeks.
How: There are those that say certain skin tones should only wear certain colours, and while there is an element of truth to that, when it comes to this level of pigment and brightness, rules go out the window. How liberating. So we say choose the most neon product you can find and wear it proudly and unabashedly.
Dior Diorshow Pump ’n’ Volume in Coral, Dh150
Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencil in Torch Z
Shows: Chanel, Philosophy and Temperley London
Why: We’re used to sweeping bronzer all over our face for that instant sun-kissed glow, but this season it’s all about taking a golden-bronze hue over the eyes. And the best thing of all is it suits everyone and every eye colour, making your whites look whiter and your peepers, more sparkly.
How: Obviously you can stock up on the latest shimmering, bronze-hued shadows that are on every beauty counter across the country, but you can also dig out your favourite bronzer and use that instead. Just make sure it has glittery particles in it – this is not about a flat, matte effect. Grab a fluffy eye shadow brush and buff it all over the lid, taking the colour to just under the brow bone, as makeup guru Charlotte Tilbury did at Temperley.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in Bette, Dh125
Marc Jacobs The Crease Brush, Dh165
Shows: Moschino and Miu Miu
Why: The height and volume of 60s-inspired hair is never far away from the catwalk, but in keeping with this season’s slightly-less-than-perfect vibe, the beehives and coiffed curls were more relaxed and ever-so not symmetric this season, which makes us love it even more.
How: Backcombing is your hair’s BFF for these looks and because it’s not about creating a perfectly honed shape, you can be more haphazard and random with your placement. The key is getting as much height at the crown as possible so work on slightly dirty hair, which will also help give it more staying power, and hairspray. Lots of it. Then it’s just about teasing and shaping the hair into the position you want it to be and securing with hair grips.
Hair by Sam McKnight Easy-Up Do Texture Spray, Dh101
Oribe Flat Brush, Dh590