December 4th, 2013
It’s the start of the Meteorological Winter this week, so Spring is feeling a very, very long way away. With three long, cold, dark months ahead of us, here at Warpaint we thought what better way to banish the winter blues than finding some Spring ones to inspire.
Looking back at balmy September and the Fashion Weeks, we literally can’t wait for the new season. MUAs were definitely using some blue sky thinking when charting what we’ll be wearing come March.
From the prettiest of pale pastel greens and blues, washed across the eyes to a shock of cobalt or aqua, the runways were most definitely feeling blue. Linda Cantello for Armani was all about translucency, whereas Dick Page using Shiseido for Marc by Marc Jacobs was exceptionally bold with his blue. Cheeks are pretty pale pink and coral; ice-cream comes to mind.
If ever there was one word for this season make-up it would be minimal. Many of the top MUAs went for youthful, dewy no-make-up looks. It’s all an illusion and using the lightest of product mixed with clever illuminators so the perfect natural look is achieved. It was a big favourite with Tom Pecheux for Balmain, Sharon Dowsett for Osman, Francelle Daly for Phillip Lim and Lucia Peroni for Christopher Kane.
Probably because it just makes everyone look fabulous nevertheless the classic red lip is something of an ol’ faithful trend. This season though, the twist is the matte look red. Gone is the sheer shimmer and shine, flat matte is the bang on trend. Gucci Westman loved them so much you saw them at both J Mendel and Beradi. Carole Colombani used them for Alexi Mabille and Tom Pecheux for Altuzarra.
Black kohl is back too, creating rock chic drama or carefully sculpted cat-like eyes. Eyeliner technology and formulation has come on so much, with better designed precision tips, the glidability and consistency have all improved allowing the MUA to literally paint the line as fine or as dramatic as required. The kohl eyes were seen in all their glory at Just Cavalli, Anna Hindmarch, YSL and Versace as well as the inspirational Alexander McQueen.
Our absolute We Can’t Wait fave has to be the tropical colours about to burst upon us. Neon orange, lime green and hot pink all designed to look amazing with a tan and sea sprayed hair. Gucci Westman loved them for Rag & Bone as well as Charlotte Tilbury for Prabal Gurung, Jame O’Riley for Maria Grachvogal and James Boehmer for Creatures of the Wind. But the colours can be seen throughout fashion week at Costello Tagliapietra, Sally LaPointe and D Squared.
Dior has just unveiled their Spring 2014 Trianon Collection. Pretty pastels is an understatement; just think Paris in Springtime. Eyeshadow palettes offer a selection of the seasonal colours in either Pastel Fantasy or Pink Pompadou. Opaline is the perfect mint green as a stand alone shadow and cheeks are rosy pink or coral with Pink Reverie and Coral Bagatelle. Lips range from neutral sheer lipgloss to tropical corals and hot pinks like Rose Diadem or Alegrace.
Continuing the pastel ice cream shades comes Chantecaille’s Save the Bees Collection. The central palette has four shades for eyes and cheek, sky blue and nectar coral are perfect summer colours (£74). The collection also includes eyeliner, lipstick and gloss, available from January.
Givenchy’s Over Rose Collection is very pretty in pink. The Prismissime lip and cheektint palette (£44.50) is an explosion of hot pink whereas the Prisme Yeux Quatuor Eyeshadow (£36) is a collection of shimmering pastel and gold colours. Available in the New Year.
Paul & Joe’s Secret Garden Spring Collection is all about the flowers, each colour and product is named after a Spring bloom. The eye colour trios have a myriad of spring colours to choose from, and we especially like Garden of Flowers (Le Jardin de Fleurs) which is a playful combination of fresh green, flower pink and a touch of lavender (£21).
Elizabeth Arden’s Summer Escape Limited Edition Color Collection for 2014 has taken blue as the accent, which ocean colours threading through. There’s plenty of shimmery gold and nudes, and we love the vibrant coral Color Gloss Stick (£17) for lips, the frosted pink Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter (£25) which gives the cheeks a dewy radiance. For a fabulous blue that’s just a hint of navy the Pure Finish Cream Eyeshadow Midnight Sail (£19) is perfect. Available from February initially only at House of Fraser they’ll then roll out to counters nationwide.
Pinks, purples and pastels are the influence for Shu Uemura’s Bijoux Collection for SS 14. Silk Cushion eye shadows (£19) in Morganite Pink and Amethyst purple are powder to cream formulation and the silvery white pearl mixed through gives the colours an iridescent look. The same texture has been applied to the Silk Cushion blushers (£22). Rose Quartz is a lovely dusky pink whereas Orange Quartz give a sunkissed glow.
Diego Dalla Palma is exclusive to M&S, and packs a punch of intense colour this Spring. Duo eyeshadows are bold and blue and can be used wet or dry to really build up the pigment (£19). The True Lipsticks cover both lip colour trends with an intense shocking pink and a matte true red (£15).
NARS launches Final Cut, Edge of Pink Collection in January. Four blushers from pale lavender pink to peachy coral (£22.50) and four lip pencils in cherry blossom, tea rose, coral and lavender pink (£18). Also part of the collection is the Adelaide Illuminator (£22.50), which adds a lovely shimmer to cheekbone and brow line.
Embracing the neutral beige trend Clinique launches the Limited Edition 16 Shades of Beige Collection. Shadows come in two eight shade palette, NeutralTerritory (£32). Their Cheek Pops are altogether more vivid and their formulation means they go on as liquid but finish as powder. These four new shades, Ginger Pop, Peach Pop, Berry Pop and Plum Pop (£16) give a Just Pinched look.
Clarins Opalescence Spring Collection has rosy cheeks and rosy lips on the agenda. The Multi-Blush Cream Blush (£18) comes in four vibrant shades and the Joli Rouge Brilliant Sheer Shine Lipsticks (£19) has tropical pink amongst the colours. For a sunkissed look without the bronzer, the Face & Blush Powder suits any skin tone giving a lovely summery glow.
The art of luminous skin is the focus for Stila in January. Their new Colour Correcting Cream SPF 20 (£30) is available in six shades and applied using the double-ended blending sponge (£10.50). Stila’s CC has a required green base and gives the skin a veil of even naturalness. The Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer (£29.50) can be applied over the top for a more coverage whilst still maintaining the neutral no-make up look.