Beauty

SS21 make-up trends done your way

This season’s make-up trends are reflective of how we’ve felt over the past year: slightly bonkers and ever so stoic, with moments of joy and happiness. Wear them how you want and Bring. On. Spring
Blush it all over
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Blush it all over

Nothing brings a face to life like a quick buff of blusher. And at the Blumarine and Valentino shows, it was swept over cheeks, up to the temples and across the forehead – wherever some colour was needed. If ever there was a year to try something new with your favourite blush, surely it’s this one? Looking for a new cheek crush? We love Iconic London Sheer Blush in Power Pink.

If in doubt…
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If in doubt…

… a classic red will never do you wrong. This isn’t a new ‘trend’, this is about a make-up look that can make you feel confident, strong and sure of yourself. It’s pretty much the only make-up models wore at the Hermès and Balmain shows – because, when you find a great red lippy, it’s all you need. Try MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour in Escandalo!

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Smoky gone wrong
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Smoky gone wrong

So many of this season’s trends had something beautifully imperfect about them. Never was this more true than for the smoky eye. At Chanel and Chloé, the eye make-up looked untidy and haphazardly thrown together. Memories of how we all felt last year? But the look is real, wearable, totally achievable and gets better and better the messier it becomes. It’s the smoky eye we’ve all been waiting for. Use XX Revolution XXpress Eyeshadow Palette in XXtinguish.

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Mask lip
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Mask lip

It’s a fact that wearing a mask + lipstick = smudging. And there’s no need to shy away from it. Make like the models at Bora Aksu and wear it with pride and pizzazz. Love our model Amber’s lip colour? It’s NARS Lipstick in Afghan Red.

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All about the eyes
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All about the eyes

Eyes have never been more important, especially in a post-pandemic, face mask-wearing world. So make them pop with some serious colour like they were at Salvatore Ferragamo and Tom Ford. No need to be precise and exact about it: that’s  not what this year is about. We love Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Lagoon.

Pandemic disco
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Make-up: Kim Brown, Nails: Michelle Class, Styling: Anna Woodham, Model: Amber Jean
Pandemic disco

When the world is falling apart, throw glitter at it. That seems to be the approach many designers took this season, especially at Etam and Rixo, where it was all about shimmering metallics and disco sparkle. And we beg you to do the same. It won’t make problems go away, but it’s not a bad place to start. We love Barry M Cosmetics Biodegradable Body Glitter in Sparkler. for a disco-ball look.

• With thanks to Amber @hairfreelife