I always feel that beauty trends should be taken with a pinch of salt: adopt the ones you fancy, but don’t be a slave to new styles at the expense of looking good and wearing make-up that actually suits you. That said, catwalk trends can be a fun source of inspiration and a great way to experiment and shake up your everyday look. There’s a definitive nod to the 80s this season, but I can confidently say you won’t catch me near a crimper – instead, here are the trends I can’t wait to wear.
Lipstick with staying power
For long-wear, water-resistant lipstick that stays where you want it – not your coffee cup, not your teeth, but your lips – it’s all about the liquid lipstick. Try Smashbox’s Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick (£19, Boots). Available in a huge 20 colours, you’ll be hard-pushed to find one that won’t suit. Deep, dark, cool tones are set to trend, so we’re loving their shade Chill Zone for brave girls ready to make a statement. New to Debenhams, the Kat Von D beauty range offers insane staying power throughout the range, and hands down the Everlasting liquid lipsticks (£16, Debenhams) are some of the best I’ve tried. Less drying than some, with a beautiful colour range. Try Witches to follow the trends, Bauhau5 for a pop of vibrant colour, or Lovesick, for a pretty pink.
It’s all about baby-soft and perfectly polished skin this spring. But don’t worry if you weren’t blessed with a beautifully airbrushed complexion; Smashbox has just launched the mother of all dynamic products in the new Radiance Primer (£30, Boots). Aiming to recreate that beautiful glow of the golden hour, this little pot of magic also hydrates, minimises the appearance of pores and blurs fine lines, wrinkles and everything in-between. Amber and bronze pearls give a hint of colour, and hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates. Use it under foundation for a seamless base, or on its own – but for skin with powdery perfection, Kat Von D’s Lock it Foundation (£27, Debenhams) is my favourite foundation for crazy-easy perfection. This beautiful formula blends so effortlessly, leaving skin ready for blush and bronzer with barely the need for powder – and it promises to deliver 24-hours of wear. As for contouring and highlighting – yes, it’s absolutely here to stay, but go easy and keep it subtle – try Charlotte Tilbury’s FilmStar Bronze and Glow (£49) for a natural glow.
Tools of the trade
Remember when GHD hair straighteners were only the tools of professionals? The more beauty-obsessed we become, the better tools we require, and pro-kit is becoming even more available. If you splash out on one thing this year, let it be a decent set of brushes. This stunning Zoeva Rose Gold Vol. 2 Luxury brush set (£65, cultbeauty.co.uk) provides everything you need for perfect face and eye make-up application, but if you’re looking for something a little more affordable the new Real Techniques MultiTech Collection (From £10, Superdrug) has been developed with a unique point cut, designed specifically for detailing and blending, meaning your look will always be flawless. Talking of tools, the crimper is back with a vengeance! Get your 80s on with the Babyliss Pro Ceramic Crimper (£24.99, hairtrade.com).
The catwalk has been throwing us some vibey eyes, with lashings of colour swept across lids and faces like a new-age art attack. I’m totally on board with this style, but for an everyday look try coloured liquid eyeliners, like the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner (£5.50, boots.com) available in nine amazing shades; it’s an easy way to shake up your look. Try Fire for a hot new style, or Sapphire to keep things cool. Another glimpse of 80s/90s glam, sassy blue eyeshadow is making a comeback. Pop to your nearest MAC counter and grab yourself Pigment pot in Naval Blue (£16) these rich powders give an intense hit of colour, or go for In The Shadows Eyeshadow (£13) for a pressed powder that’s easy to pop in your bag with no spills.
Brows to wow
Gone are the days of the over-the-top Scouse brow, and these days it’s (thankfully) more about well-preened, defined, but natural eyebrows. Brow pencils are great, but can often give a harsh line making them look drawn on. Opt for a pomade or powder for a softer appearance. I’m loving Freedom Pro Brow Pomade (£5, Superdrug) which is £10 cheaper than the famed Anastasia Beverly Hills version, and to be honest, just as good. For an all-in-one option try the Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (£8.49, Boots) which contains a powder, wax, brushes and tweezers. Now, those more advanced in their brow regimen may have heard of microblading. Unlike traditional permanent make-up, microblading is nicknamed brow embroidery thanks to its delicate, artistic effect. Individual hairs are painstakingly drawn on, taking around two hours, and should last from one to three years.