Beauty: Step up and take a shine to springtime beauty
Glistening skin, glossy lips and just-got-out-of-the-shower hair: it was all about wet-look beauty on the spring catwalks. Katie Wright reveals how to achieve glowing goddess looks
YOU'D be forgiven for thinking the make-up artists had gone AWOL backstage at some of the SS16 shows, what with models' shiny skin, messy eye make-up and (apparently) soaking-wet hair.
But, as with many a catwalk beauty trend, this raw, undone – but still beautiful – look is actually the result of a heap of products and lots of preening.
So is the wet-look trend best left to the professionals?
Not at all, it's just a case of taking one of these elements and making it work for you.
We've got the experts' advice on how to glisten gorgeously from head to toe...
"It's the East Village girl who's been out all night", is how Francois Nars described his make-up muse at Marc Jacobs.
"There's a lot of shine on the cheeks and eyes – they almost look greasy and a bit tired – but still so beautiful."
If you're happy to go foundation-free like Marc's models, then all you need is a generous layer of extra-hydrating moisturiser. If not, you'll need to add luminosity on top of your base.
"It's amazing what you can do with a bit of shimmer. Just a touch above the cupid's bow on lips, above cheekbones in a banana shape, a bit on brow bone, decolletage and shoulders, make a huge difference to your end beauty look," say Jo Saville & Sophia Price, make-up artists and creative consultants for Boutique at Sainsbury's. "And to give a gorgeous flush to the cheeks, use your finger to pat a glossy lipstick on the apples of the cheeks."
:: Nars Luminous Moisture Cream, £43 (www.narscosmetics.co.uk)
:: Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser, £4.19 (Boots.com)
:: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow, £24 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)
:: Boutique Chock-A-Block Bronzer, £8 (Sainsbury's)
GLAZED OVER EYES
This season, your eyes glazing over is a good thing – as long as it's with make-up, and not because you're being bored to death.
A sheer lipstick or gloss can be repurposed on the eyes too, but your best bet is Illamasqua's innovative new multi-purpose product.
Called The Corruptor, this clear gel can be applied on its own or patted over any eye make-up and left to eat away at the colour, leaving a glossy, artfully eroded look.
:: Illamasqua The Corruptor, £20 (www.illamasqua.com)
PUT ON YOUR LIP SLICK
Clear lip gloss is the obvious choice for juicy, vinyl-shine nude lips, but if you struggle with the stickiness, a lip oil is the answer.
With the additional benefit of moisturising properties, lip oils are lighter and can be combined with a hint of berry-coloured stain in the middle of the lips, for that 'bitten' look.
:: NARS Lip Gloss Triple X, £19 (www.narscosmetics.co.uk)
:: Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil, £32 (www.spacenk.com)
WET BEHIND THE EARS
At Julien Macdonald, the uber-sexy models had their hair slicked back, with ends that looked dripping wet but were actually just soaked with product.
For full-on wet-look locks, TRESemme UK hair ambassador, Aaron Carlo, says: "Mix a gel spray, like TRESemme Make Waves Sculpt & Define Spray Gel, with a serum and comb into the layers of the hair, so the product is really saturated in. But just be aware that if your hair is very fine, the wet look will make the hair look thinner and can reveal the scalp."
For a more subtle shine, Carlo recommends "blow-drying hair with TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Mousse, so the hair doesn't look soaking wet but has natural movement and hold".
"Next, layer with TRESemme Get Sleek Creation Hairspray, for lightweight shine and smoothness," he adds.
:: TRESemme Make Waves Sculpt & Define Spray Gel, £5.49; Beauty-Full Volume Mousse, £5.49, and Get Sleek Creation Hairspray, £5.99 (www.superdrug.com)
"To complement the plunging backs, halternecks and super high hemlines of the main collection, we used multiple layers of the new St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, to create an all-over gleam," explained St. Tropez tanning and skin finishing expert Jules Heptonstall, backstage at Julien Macdonald.
After exfoliating thoroughly in the shower, apply a generous coat of St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil all over the body, using an applicator mitt, wait three minutes then repeat.
Heptonstall advises: "Resist the urge to pat it dry and instead leave the oil to dry naturally to seal the deal on your super sexy, all-over gleam."
:: St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt, £5, and Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, £25 (Boots.com)
TRIED AND TESTED
Our testers find out which silver eyeshadow shines above the rest...
:: MAC Eye Shadow in Electra, £13 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)
"This is the perfect 90s girl band-inspired silver eyeshadow, really highly pigmented, so excellent for a big night out, rather than a casual daytime look. It works very well with lashings of mascara, for a full-on glam effect, and is very long lasting."
:: Givenchy Couture Collection Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in Glorious Silver, £19 (Escentual.com)
"This light silver cream is best applied with the tip of your little finger, and glides effortlessly across your whole lid. It's pale enough for full coverage, and makes your eyelids glow, but you may want to layer it up for a bolder look. It stays put very well too, without too much slicking into the folds. A great little shadow."
:: Clarins Silver Ivory Iridescent Shadow, £19 (www.clarins.co.uk)
"This cream-to-powder eyeshadow is easy to apply, and a really flattering shade for any age. It works perfectly for daytime with a slick of mascara, but can easily be glammed up for the evening by adding an extra layer and some black eyeliner, or blended for a smoky effect. My only wish is that it lasted longer."
BUY IT NOW
Nude by Nature, Australia's number one mineral make-up brand, has landed in the UK, bringing with it nutrient-infused foundations, powders and more. Launching on ASOS.com's growing beauty section, the Nude by Nature Essentials Starter Kit, £39, comprises a primer, concealer, foundation and bronzer. It's the perfect way to try some of the brand's hero products, while giving your make-up routine a spring shake-up.
:: HAIR-RAISING STATS
As with practically every beauty trend in the last five years, we can blame the Duchess of Cambridge: Amazon reports that sales of brown hair dye have now overtaken blonde, and sales of round brushes have gone up by 1,600 per cent in a year, as consumers aim to recreate Kate's perfect hair.
:: THE TAN COMMANDMENT
Reaching for the fake tan for a little help pre-summer? Well don't forget to exfoliate first, or you risk ending up looking streaky, which, according to 64 per cent of women surveyed by SensatioNail, is the ultimate beauty sin. Lipstick on your teeth came second (49 per cent ), followed by panda eyes (48 per cent ).
STEAL OF THE WEEK
Oil-based beauty products tend to be on the pricey side, because extracting oils like argan is a lengthy process, but Gosh's new lip oils are just £7.49 each. Available in four shades, the light, glossy formula imparts hydration and shine.
:: Gosh Lip Oil in Honey, £7.49 (Superdrug.com)