With wave-tossed mermaid hair, gleaming unicorn highlighter and a sprinkling of glitter – actually, make that gallons of glitter – now appearing everywhere from the catwalks of Couture Week in Paris, to every It girl’s Instagram feed, all things sweet, multi-coloured and mythical are having a moment. Our enchanting beauty looks are both fit for a fairytale princess – and easily achievable, even by mere mortals, taking you on a fantastical journey through your make-up bag to add a little magic to the mundane. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn for a day?
Look 1: Unicorn highlighter
Turn your highlight up to an 11 with a rainbow of pastel shimmer to illuminate your face. Want something more office-friendly? Look for a hue that enhances your natural undertones. Dark skin shades shine with blue or purple shimmer, while olive and tan glow with a yellow or golden bronze highlight. Pale complexions are framed with a hint of peach or pink.
Aurora Glow Kit, Dh225, Anastasia Beverley Hills; Pearlizer Sheer Pigment in Pearlette, Dh135, MAC ; Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Dew You?, Dh180, Marc Jacobs; LongEyes+ Active Mascara, Dh49, Kiko Milano; Diorskin Star Concealer in 002, Dh161, Dior; Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm, Dh158, Urban Decay; Base Lait-Creme Concentrate, Dh99, Embryolisse
Color Hit Nail Polish in Enchanted Island (green) and Proposal in Paris (pink), Dh25, Sephora
Look 2: Princess eyes
Wow with dreamy eyeshadow that features creamy clouds of pastel shades drifting across your lids. Best of all, the freehand watercolour look means that you can add as much or as little colour as you’d like, with smudging only enhancing the look.
AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in 59, 111 and 114, Dh82, Inglot; Supracolor Interferenz Palette, Dh141, Kryolan; Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Deja Blue, Dh100, Marc Jacobs Beauty; Hydra Pro Eyes Moisturising Eye Contour Serum, AED119, Kiko Milano; Dazzleglass in Extra Amps, Dh130, MAC; Bronzing Powder in Golden, Dh135, MAC; Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35, Dh120, MAC; Traceless Foundation Stick in Caramel, Dh315, Tom Ford; Hydra Pro Matte Matifying Moisturising Fluid, Dh125, Kiko Milano
Look 3: Mermaid hair
Unlike The Little Mermaid’s underwater dealings, there’s zero commitment to getting lush mermaid locks for yourself. This Kevin Murphy hair chalk will shampoo out, making it ideal for a one-day flirtation with quirky hues. Use the white Colour Bug on brown and black hair before adding a colour for maximum impact – the pale shade creates a canvas for the bright colours to pop.
Color Bug in Pink, Purple, Orange, White, Shimmer, Dh80 each at Marquee (marquee.ae), Kevin Murphy
Look 4: Ombre lips
This lip look melts together juicy shades of fuchsia, purple and orange for a lip-smacking pout with Lisa Frank vibes. Use a small, soft brush to gently blend your lip colour for a smooth hue transition, and add a garnish of glitter if you’re feeling extra bold.
Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork, Dh115, MAC; Le Marc Lip Creme in Georgie Girl, Dh150, Marc Jacobs Beauty; Cremesheen Lipstick in Sweet & Sour, Dh104, MAC; Pigments, Dh135, MAC; Dazzle Dust in #16, Dh22, Barry M; Oil Control Lotion, Dh163, MAC; Hydra Life BB Creme in Sunny Amber, Dh340, Dior
Look 5: Rainbow liner
Channel somewhere over the rainbow for this eye-catching twist on bright eye-liner. Use four to five of your favourite colours to trace a bold eyeliner flick, and pare down the rest of your make-up to let your eyes do all the talking.
Nail and Body Art Spangles in 22, Dh85, Inglot; Eye Liner in Tecnico, Dh79, Collistar; Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Blossom, Dh25, NYX; Second Skin Cream Blush in 330, Dh150, Make Up For Ever; Pro Sculpting Brow Palette, Dh165, Make Up For Ever; Lustre Lipstick in Touch, Dh104, MAC; Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Dh205, Laura Mercier