Monday, 08 April 2013

Spring Beauty Trends

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With Spring now upon us, the time is ripe to get started on your annual Spring Clean – no, I'm not talking about your cluttered living quarters, I'm referring to your make-up bag!
It's time to retire the harsh metallics and deep hued lipsticks that dominated the winter beauty scene, and welcome a fresh, new make-up look. Here are some of the hottest beauty trends to help kick-start a brand new you.

1. Candy Coloured Lips

Oranges and fuchsias were all over the Spring/Summer 2013 runways, as seen at Prada, Missoni, Giles, and countless others. If you aren't quite daring enough to rock a bright orange lip, go for a softer peach colour instead - a certified springtime classic.

Check out M.A.C's Amplified Lipstick in 'Vegas Volt'; £14, Mac Cosmetics or Givenchy Rouge Interdit in 'Candide Tangerine' (£21, Debenhams).

2. CC Creams

By now you've undoubtedly heard of BB Creams and perhaps have even incorporated a couple into your daily make-up routine. Well, make way for the beauty industry's latest concoction: CC creams! The "CC" stands for "Colour Control" (or "Complexion Corrector", depending on who you ask), and these tinted moisturising creams are designed to brighten complexions and smooth out skin tones. Lighter in consistency than their predecessor, they also boast a higher UV protection coverage (up to SPF 35).

Skincare company Nip + Fab have just launched their selection of CC Creams at Boots this past January. With two shades available (Light and Dark), they retail at £14.95.

3. Emerald

Pantone has declared emerald green "colour of the year 2013", so expect to see this shade everywhere this season. Try introducing this trend into your beauty routine by starting with a nail colour before incorporating this elegant green into your key wardrobe pieces and make-up routine.

Models Own has a fantastic rich green in their 'Beetlejuice' range called 'Emerald Black'; £5, Models Own. Or, for a slightly lighter shade, try Barry M's '284 Emerald Green' nail varnish (£2.99, Superdrug).

4. Matte Is Back

Save the high gloss for summer, this year spring is all about matte make-up. From lips (heavily featured in the Prada, Burberry, and Dries Van Noten shows) to your base, matte products provide a soft, youthful glow that isn't as easily achievable with hi-shine make-up.

NARS Loose Powder is great for providing a natural, silky facial coverage and comes in six different shades; £26.50, Nars Cosmetics. While Rimmel's Kate Moss Matte Lipstick range has your pout covered - try shade 'Vibrant Coral' (£5.49, Superdrug).

5. Bold Brows

Rejoice all ye brow lovers - bold brows are here to stay! If you've yet to experience the joys of good brow maintenance, never has there been a better time to start incorporating a strong brow into your daily look. There is no shortage of amazing products springing up on the market, covering every medium from pencils, to tinted gels, to powder. Find what product works for you to achieve a natural, yet striking look to frame your eyes.

For those on a budget, MUA do a great little Brow Kit that contains 3 different shades for only £3.50; a higher-end alternative is Benefit's 'Brow Zings' kit, which includes a tinted gel for optimum styling and defining (£22.50). To create the perfect fierce arch, M.A.C's Penultimate Brow Marker has you covered (£15).