Yesterday we took a look at the shoe trends for spring – today is all about the new season’s makeup refresh. And where better to seek inspiration than the catwalks which saw braids given a high fashion twist, purple eyeshadow emerging as the next big thing and the negative space manicure taking its place as one of the chicest nail art trends we’ve seen in ages. Check out our breakdown of the top seven spring beauty trends straight from the runways and the products you need to recreate the newest looks at home.
1. PURPLE HAZE
Looking for an instant beauty update? Get yourself a purple eyeshadow. Backstage at fashion week, makeup artists couldn’t get enough: from delicate lilacs at Vera Wang to washes of grape at Derek Lam and electric purple at Matthew Williamson. Blend beautiful shades of mauve and lavender over your lids and remember to keep the rest of your makeup minimal for the coolest way to wear the colour of the moment.
Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres eyeshadow palette in 04 Lilac Sky, £42 at Debenhams
2. PLAITS, PLEASE
The braid brigade was out in full force on the runways as the humble plait received a high fashion update. Take inspiration from the braids at Erdem and the textured, chunky fishtail plaits at Suno for an easy way into the trend or try your hand at the intricate French plaits seen at Marissa Webb. The best thing about this style is that it works best with textured second day hair, which means you can skip the early morning hair wash and still rock this spring’s hottest hairstyle. Double win!
Living Proof Instant Texture Mist, £22 at M&S
3. NATURAL BEAUTY
We’re used to seeing the au naturale look on the runways during spring, but this season barely-there beauty stepped up a notch with models’ skin left completely makeup free at Marc Jacobs, while a touch of concealer was enough backstage at Proenza Schouler. We love the fresh and radiant ‘no makeup makeup’ at Chloé: simply pick up an illuminating primer, a cream blush and add a touch of mascara to recreate this flawless finish for yourself.
Esteé Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer, £23.50 at House of Fraser
Cremeblend Blush in Posey, £18 at MAC Cosmetics
No Smudge Mascara, £19.50 at Bobbi Brown
4. SLICK CHIC
Slicked back hair stood out as a talking point for the fashion forward beauty crowd and although at first glance it might seem a bit too out there for everyday-wear, the style is actually incredibly versatile. At Alexander Wang we saw the ‘do paired with athletic separates for an updated take on the sports luxe trend, and at Balmain and Proenza Schouler smoothed back tresses added a heavy dose of glamour to proceedings.
Alberto V05 Wet Look Styling Gel, £3.15 at Superdrug
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Styling Gel, £22.50 at Boots
5. THE RETURN OF THE RED LIP
After a few seasons of makeup artists focusing on bright pinks and bold oranges, the classic red lip made a welcome return to the beauty agenda for spring. Backstage at Burberry, makeup artist Wendy Rowe teamed ruby red pouts with bronzed eyes and glowing skin for a sultry vibe, while elsewhere on the runways we saw bold scarlet lips at Zac Posen, just-bitten red at Topshop Unique and deep crimson mouths at Dolce & Gabbana.
Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick in No.18 Ruby, £23 at John Lewis
Sheer Lip in Red Alert, £8 at Topshop
6. NEGATIVE SPACE MANICURES
Will you dare to bare your nails? One of the biggest beauty trends to get involved with is the negative space manicure. With this type of manicure, the polish only covers part of your nail and leaves the rest clear for your natural nail bed to peep through. We loved the simple streak of silver at Dion Lee, the graphic vertical stripes at Misha Nonoo and the half-moon crescents at Charlotte Ronson.
O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Gargantuan Green Grape, £11.95 at John Lewis
4 Way Nail Buffer, £3.50 Models Own
7. CAT-EYE 2.0
This season we saw makeup artists move away from classic cat-eyes and basic black lines and opt for strong shapes and sharp geometrics. At Roberto Cavalli eyeliner was turned upside down with a bold line of black painted below the bottom lash line, while at Prada and Céline blunt-edged and straight wings only taken to the centre of the lid revamped the definitive cat-eye look. So it’s time to ditch the feline flicks, eyeliner is going graphic this spring.
Lancôme 24 Hour Artliner in 01 Black Diamond, £21 at House of Fraser