It was a real delight to have sustainable brands join us in London on 18th June at HomeGrown Club to celebrate slow fashion. One jewellery brand dominating the luxury sustainable market is Nigerian born brand DOLA.
Sustainable business models are changing rapidly as the consumer is being informed more transparently where their wallet can negotiate better choices for suppliers.
Colour blocking is the sartorial art of blocking colours together in a stylish way without being unappealing to the eye. The latest spring summer collections were beaming with colour blocking outfits during fashion week. Soft colour blocking seems to be the most desirable look but not so obvious in how to achieve it.
We reveal how inspiration plays a role in the art of colour blocking and where you can draw ideas.
Check out the different ways colour blocking can look both soft and endearing this season, without travelling too far to feel inspired.
Pick colours that are not too contrasting
To make colour blocking “soft”, you simply pair neutral and pastel colours rather than bright colours. In other words, make sure that the hues that you’re blocking reside in the same camp: in this case pastels with pastels.
Pick Elements Of The Colour Wheel
For colour blocking, it’s often useful to pick certain areas of the colour wheel and pair these colours together. For example oranges and reds will pair well together as they lie next to each other on the colour wheel.
Add colour through accessories
If colour isn’t your go-to when selecting your outfit, but you feel like you want to start including it in your style, then adding colourful accessories is the best way. It fully embraces the soft colour blocking trend as well as broadening your outfits.
Try Tonal Colour Blocking
One of the most effective looks of colour blocking is tonal focusing on one specific colour. If pink is your favourite colour, then try not pairing vibrant pink jeans with a pastel pink top for the perfect summer look. It's dramatic and combines the coveted “soft” element.
Jo McLaren, Head of E-Commerce at N.Peal a luxury cashmere brand commented “...This summer it’s time to dial it down a bit and opt for soft colour blocking with pastel and neutral tones. Our tips can help you nail this latest fashion trend, without worrying that you’ve overdone it.
If you don't feel inclined to consult the colour wheel, look to nature. Particularly flowers such as tulips for pastels and vivid tones inspiring you this season.
N.Peal have recently launched a range of colourful clothing with Pantone, in celebration of all things colour. Find their pastel palettes to romance the soft colour blocking trend this season on the N.Peal website.
We think you'll love pairing pastels with knitwear brands this season, right this way for other brands to dazzle the eyes.
When designing this collection the three founders couldn’t stop imagining themselves at ‘long lunches when you just stay all day’ to ‘when you wake up in your outfit after dancing all night’, and ‘people watching, whilst sipping rosé’ to ‘balmy evenings watching the water’.
Want tips to achieve the coverage you need on your hotter dates booked this summer? We know and desperately want to avoid the common pitfalls of melting globs of eyeliner and oil build up. If that already sounds like your worst nightmare, then keep reading. We got your back.
We share some hacks that address the heat of your destination, whilst feeling confident your makeup will not be letting you down.
We will be honest, if you want real peace of mind, you should consider rocking a natural look, even for the beach and boat parties. But don't worry, we’ll show you how and top secrets when packing for your travels.
The best way to make your makeup sweat-proof is to choose the right products and wear less makeup concentrating on skincare. Summer holidays on beaches are incredibly relaxing and so much more accessible as restrictions have been lifted.
1. Choose The Products Carefully
Choose waterproof products and special summer products before the season. Switch to oil-free moisturisers during the daytime to control melting makeup. Choose toners and serums with extra hydro-boost during summer to better moisturise. Selecting products with SPF of more than 30 helps you get protection from the sun. It is better to use less makeup and soak the skin in aloe vera and rosewater when on vacation. Don’t worry too much about any acne or imperfections on your face while on holiday. The fresh air will dry out acne and salt water does wonders!
Avoid bronzer and highlighter as it will give a sweaty look on your T-zone, and try to brush light pink on those areas.
2. Waterproof Eye Makeup And Milk Soaked Cotton Pads, Yes We Said Milk!
Use a good foundation and give the skin some rest from heavy makeup during your holidays. Avoid wearing winged liners or eyeliners in summer, and go with thick false lashes and mascara. It avoids the black goo spreading underneath the eyes after a few hours. Wear DIY waterproof fake lashes and mascara to get the best results during summer or beach holidays. Lilac St, Trish McEvoy, Eylure, and Sweed offer top-quality thick lashes. Clean your eyes at the end of the day with cotton soaked in milk to remove all the impurities and keep the sensitive area hydrated.
3. Experiment With Your Skin, Its As Unique As You Are
A moisturiser every celebrity swears by, might make you extra sweaty because our skin type is unique. A foundation that makes your friend look like a queen might melt in no time on your skin. Experiment with products that suit your skin during the summer and check which product
makes you sweat less. If you feel the products like serums and day creams irritate the skin, mix a small quantity of them with aloe gel and apply it on the face. It will control the harsh chemicals harming your sensitive skin, and you can still reap the benefits of high-end summer makeup. Try the waterproof versions of top makeup products to test whether they suit your skin during summer beach holidays.
4. Sweat-proof Tips- Primer Is Key To Set The Canvas
Many occasions require you to wear sweat-proof makeup, like summer weddings, special beach parties, and that holiday with your loved one on a romantic retreat. The best way to start is with a good primer before the foundation to make the makeup last long. Airbrush primers are the best because you can spray them to get an even coat on the face. Wear the primer on the eyelids before applying eye shadow to make it last long without smudging. Use a dusting powder with sunscreen on your face for touch up to control sweating. Choose a dewy makeup finish instead of too much shine, and go for more vibrant shades of pink and brown.
5. Things To Remember, Go Lighter Without Compromise
Red lipstick and deep-colored eye shadows or cheek tints are great for a party but not in summer. Use the same stain on your cheek and as eyeshadow to get a no-makeup, natural pinkish glow in summer. The pink contouring technique is best for spring and summer rather than getting shiny cheekbones that make your face look extra oily. Avoid using too many products in summer and choose products that serve many purposes at once. Tinted moisturisers avoid the need for foundation, and you don’t need a concealer with a sheer cover primer. Less makeup product usage automatically creates a natural look suitable for vacation and controls sweat.
6. Secrets For Non-sweaty Summer Makeup
-Always swap your costly lipstick for a lighter lip stain that goes well with any lip balm.
-Use a rose water-based setting spray and spritz often to avoid dullness on the face.
-Avoid powder blush and go for cheek stains in summer as they will not dissolve in the sweat quickly and last for a long time.
-Buy travel-sized products to check which one suits your skin first before investing too much in costly skincare or makeup.
-Touch up regularly and use blotting paper on your face to suck up extra oil before applying dusting powder.
It's about preparing the skin first, with good products and blending with natural ingredients to help them absorb and adapt to the conditions.
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