The Spring/summer 2016 runways were packed with new makeup trends for the upcoming summer. It seemed, however, that a large majority of the world’s top designers were set on two very specific looks: the vibrant blue eyeshadow and the classic red lips.
Now before we get overwhelmed, as this is a lot of look, these are two separate looks (although, for you bold girls out there I say go for it!). Both of these summer trends are quite strong statements so initially, you might be reluctant to try them. Fear not, we are here to help to ensure you look on trend and confident pulling it off.
The classic red lip is back
The red lips have always been finding their way back into fashion, and they always will. The sexy red lip can be traced back in the 1930s and was made into an iconic look by Marilyn Monroe. To this day it remains as one of the most sensual alluring looks a woman can wear, as red is the ultimate color of passion. This year red lipstick is worn practically on its own. Just tap a bit of concealer where needed and you’re ready,
With the growing popularity of matte lipsticks, red has never been easier to wear for us gals who love a bold lip. Remember, as it is summer we recommend using a warmer shade of red. Cold shades usually work better in autumn and winter time. MAC’s Le Vie En Rogue or the super affordable Pure Red by NYX are both great choices.
To assure the color pops and stays on your lips throughout the day I recommend powdering your lips before applying, this way the color payoff is even stronger. With bold colors I recommend always using a lip liner. Not only does it enable you to draw on the desired shape, the oils in the product ensure the lipstick doesn’t “bleed” into the fine lines around your lips. To sharpen the edges use some light concealer on a lip brush and carefully line the edges.
Blue mood on the eyes
Blue is definitely a statement color. The trick to wearing this like a true fashionista is choosing complimentary shades that go with it. As the eyes will be the center of attention try combining it with a nude lip or some gloss. Also, I would highly recommend using an eyeshadow primer so you don’t have to worry about creasing and smudging.
Blue is a fun color so experiment with the looks you create. Try NARS’s Outremer for a very vibrant smokey eye, or the metallic Riviera palette from Chanel for a more shimmery look. Another option, which was seen on various runways, was to line the eyes with blue eyeliner pencil. A big trend is cobalt blue eyeliner which is applied in the waterline and lining the eyes in a slight cat eye shape. Top makeup artists praise the waterproof eyeliner in Fervent Blue by Chanel.
Summer is the time of the year we relax and enjoy ourselves. Let this season’s trends reflect our playful spirits with these vibrant fun looks!