Now that you are free from the imposing schedule of classes and revision, summer is the time to experiment with your look and turn your attention to the latest beauty trends which have hit the catwalks. Clear your make-up table (or desk of books) and make way for these new looks.
‘Raw’ make-up free beauty
By far the easiest to embrace, this trend is all about keeping the make-up to a minimum and flaunting the ‘just-washed-hair’ look – or if you’re like us, the ‘early-morning-rush’ look. The focus is on keeping skin and lips well-conditioned, with concealer doing most of the work.
For the ultimate luxury at £25, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is the cult favourite for brightening the skin and concealing dark circles. At £5.99, Maybelline Better Skin concealer offers up to 24 hours of coverage. For the perfect base, try No7 Colour Calming Primer Green at £10.50 to neutralise and conceal redness, leaving you with glowing and cared for skin. Now go and enjoy that extra 10 minutes in bed tomorrow morning as you become oh-so-on-trend.
Hot Bright Lips
Matte lipstick is dominating the catwalk, with orange lips stealing the spotlight. By choosing the right shade of orange, from coral to neon, this super-flattering trend will make any plain outfit pop. At £15, Mac’s Morange lipstick is the sought after medium-dark orange seen on the lips of beauty bloggers everywhere. For a perfect dupe, pick up Sleek’s Tangerine Scream at £5. If you’re a pale skinned beauty, try pastel shades or oranges with corals and reds. For those with warmer complexions, go for the boldest shade you can find. If you have dark skin, reach for the oranges with a deep-red or brown base for the perfect pop of colour.
Graphic Black Eyeliner
Inspired by geometrics, the staple cat-eye is under re-design this summer. Keep your face bare and flip the cat-eye around to feature towards the inner corner of your eye for a Japanese-inspired look. It takes some time to master the brush for £7.99 Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, however the gel liner delivers precise application which can last for 24 hours. Why not try creating a clean triangular look with an exaggerated cat-eye flick? Use an eye-pencil to draw a line reaching from the outer corner of your eye and connect it with a second shorter line reaching towards the start of your eyebrow to frame your peepers. Rimmel’s Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil is a beauty must-have at £2.99 for creating soft and smudge-able lines.
Whilst the weather is temperamental, you can keep your look hot with some cleaver bronzing and highlighting tips. Treat yourself to the classic Hoola Bronzing Powder from Benefit at £23.50 for the perfect matte bronzer. For a cheaper option, sweep the £7.99 chocolate-scented Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in Medium/Dark from the top of your cheekbones towards your temples and over your forehead to keep your look sweet. Finally, brighten up with the Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer for £4.99 around your eyes and on blemishes to keep your skin glowing when the weather isn’t quite so bright.