As fashion harks backs to the 1990s this Spring/Summer season, natural make up is trending once again. Nude lips and eyes are a popular look and will give your skin a much-needed chance to recover from the party season. One of our favourites is Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Collection, £40.
Fondant colours are back in style – we saw them on the catwalks at Burberry Prorsum, and no doubt they’ll reach a high street near you soon. To match the flurry of pastel coloured outfits you’ll be wearing this Summer, fill your make up box with lavenders, baby blues, greens and yellows. We love this Model’s Own fruit pastel box set (£20) – pastel nails are a great and easy way to keep up with the trend.
French mani with a rock twist
The traditional French manicure is replacing elaborate nail art this year, though many designs have a slight twist on the classic with a metallic embellishment or a black tip. We just love this look, which was achieved using WAH nails products.
Beauty experts predict that 2014 will be the year of the ‘granny perfume’ – i.e. classic scents that have been around for donkey’s years! Scents like rose and jasmine have been reinvented for a vintage feel, but you’ll also see a few old favourites coming back into vogue, such as Trésor by Lancôme. If you’ve got old ones lying about, make sure you check the dates before using them – perfumes typically go off after 12 – 18 months.
This look is great for Spring/Summer because it’s easy to achieve if you have naturally wavy hair, and looks soft and feminine. Salt sprays such as Label M Sea Salt Spray should help you achieve those lustrous curly waves.
Last year we saw the emergence of drinkable anti-ageing skincare products that claim to alter the appearance of your skin from the inside. We’re set to see a lot more of these products this year, like this Pure Gold Collagen 10-day programme, which promises to boost collagen in your body for more youthful looking skin. We’re still not sure if they work or not, but they claim to give you an energy boost at least, thanks to the vitamin supplements they contain.
Taking care of your skin is only half the battle with the advent of anti-ageing haircare products. Caffeine shampoos like Alpecin, which claim to stimulate hair growth and give your hair a thicker, more youthful appearance, have been on the market since last year, but they’re set to really take hold this year, with newer and more innovative ways to battle back the years. Leave-in hair protection and scalp care are also top must haves for 2014.
Bright matte lips
New York Fashion Week ushered in the trend for colour pop, bright matte lipstick and this was continued in London last season. Designers like Mary Katrantzou and Henry Holland sent out their models with statement lips – and it’s not just the models who’ll be wearing it this Summer as the trend trickles through to the high street. If you fancy a more subtle take on it, for a coral or a pink rather than the bright orange seen on the catwalk.
Move over Sweden, the Russians are taking centre stage this year for spa treatments, with Banyas popping up across Europe. These saunas are wetter than traditional saunas for deeper hydration and include being lightly hit with birch twigs to improve circulation.
One of the most important things to add to your beauty box for the spring is good calming salve. The winter weather can take a heavy toll on your skin and an all over salve is the easiest way to repair any dry or damaged areas. Try Selexir Peace Balm, £39.