The days are getting longer, brighter and hotter, which can only mean one thing… summer is officially here!
With a new season comes new beauty trends, straight from the catwalk and the pages of Vogue. I’ve rounded up the top 5, covering everything from nails to cheeks, and thankfully there’s something to suit every style. A huge bonus is that they’re all really easy to try at home too!
1. Funky Fingernails
Sported by celebs like Vanessa Hudgens, funky fingernails are going to be huge in the beauty world this summer. With a massive range of new products to complement the new style, there are loads of different looks that can be easily achieved. Jewels are making a comeback from the nineties, except this time around we’ll be wearing them on our fingers instead of our teeth (thank goodness)! Ideal for those who like to get creative, nail art is also on the menu, as are nail foils – they last roughly a week and are easy to apply too!
Top Beauty Tip: When using nail art pens, don’t squeeze to hard – the colour comes out faster than you think!
2. Citrus Lips
Say goodbye to the purple and wine hues of autumn and winter (which were a nightmare to get off your teeth), and hello to this season’s newest trend – orange. Seen on celebs like Cara Delevingne and Jessica Alba, orange lipstick is a great way to add a splash of colour to an otherwise monochrome outfit, or clash with other bright coloured dresses or playsuits on holiday. What’s great is that there are endless shades to choose from, so you can go for a lighter colour for work and a daring one for those long-awaited summer BBQs.
Top Beauty Tip: Exfoliate your lips before using bright lipstick to ensure for smooth application.
3. Bring Back the Bronze
Much like last summer, the bronzing craze has returned, with style icons such as Leighton Meester choosing to ditch their usual makeup routines in favour of some light foundation and a generous helping of bronzer. With a flurry of shades to choose from, there’s something suitable for every skin tone, meaning you won’t end up with a huge make up disaster!
Top Beauty Tip: Use a clear pressed powder on top of your bronzer to help the colour last all day.
4. Rebel Eyeliner
This summer, we’ll all be channeling our inner Audrey Hepburn, with the return of flicky rebel eyeliner. With the likes of Lauren Conrad already on the bandwagon, this trend is sure to be a huge hit this season. It’s easy to do – you just have to master having a steady hand first!
Top Beauty Tip: Use a liquid liner for a clearly defined line, or a pencil for a smokey eye effect.
5. Pastel Eyes
Another trend returning from the 90s is pastel coloured eye shadow, with everything from pinks to purples to blues making a comeback. Kim Kardashian is already sporting the look, and as we get further into the season it’s sure to be huge on the beauty scene. Choose to sweep the shadow lightly over your top lids for a subtle look, or use it underneath your eyes too for a stand-out statement.
Top Beauty Tip: Use two or three different colours for a really bold statement – mix them in before application or apply them in lines one by one.
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