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Dewy glow, layered lashes and bold blue eyes: how to recreate spring's key make-up looks


Whether it’s a statement lip or bold eye, pick one trend and run with it. Estée Lauder UK make-up ambassador Lynsey Alexander puts spring’s key looks in focus

Photography: Adi Admoni
Beauty direction: Joanna McGarry

ss16 make-up how to tuturial: big blue

1. Big blue

Washing away its kitsch stigma, waves of blue eyeshadow framed the eyes at Roksanda, Missoni and Dries Van Noten. The trick to keeping it modern is the shade: “Opt for graphic cobalt or washed-out aqua – anything in between runs the risk of looking like you’ve borrowed from your grandmother’s make-up bag,” warns Alexander.

Step 1: Cover dark circles and blemishes with Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup, £38, Estée Lauder.

Step 2: Swirl a fluffy eyeshadow brush like Eyeshadow Blend Brush, £43, Tom Ford into Eyeshadow in Evidence, £14, Urban Decay and buff onto eyelids, blending slightly over the crease.

Step 3: Line the entire eye with Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Electric Cobalt, £16.50, Estée Lauder and smudge with the sponge at the opposite end of the pencil.

Step 4: Finish with a coat of Double Wear Zero-Smudge Volume + Lift Mascara, £24, Estée Lauder on the upper and lower lashes.

Browse the gallery below to see the full toolkit for this look

ss16 make-up tutorial: red current

2. Red current

A punchy fuchsia-toned red anchored the faces at Acne, earthy terracotta glossed mouths at Kenzo, and a deep currant shade boosted lips at Emporio Armani. The new red rules? Anything but pillar-box. Team with one coat of mascara and dewy, moisturised skin for the most modern way to wear a statement lip.

Step 1: Mix a drop of Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, £17.50, Sanctuary Spa, with your foundation and apply over the entire face with a sponge.

Step 2: Press Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow in Magnetic Rose, £20, Estée Lauder onto eyelids and dab with lip balm for a waxy shine.

Step 3: Scrub the lips with a wetwipe before applying Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Red Ego, £25, Estée Lauder with a curved lip brush like 3.1 My Line and Fill Brush, £13.50, My Kit Co.

Step 4: For a matte finish, lay a single layer of tissue over the lips, brush Perfecting Loose Powder, £28.50, Estée Lauder and top with a second coat of lipstick.

Browse the gallery below to see the full toolkit for this look

ss16 make-up tutorial: layered lash

3. Layered lash

Whether they were clumped in thick blue mascara, dotted with feathery strands or layered with dense extensions, extreme lashes surrounded eyes at Mary Katrantzou, Marni and Louis Vuitton this season. Cut up false lashes, overload the mascara and focus on the centre of the eye; this is glamour at its most rebellious.

Step 1: Coat the lashes with two layers of Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara, £24, Estée Lauder. 

Step 2: Cut 35 Lash, £10.50, Mac into thirds. Apply the middle section to the centre of the upper lashes and the inner third to the centre of the bottom lashes. Loud Brow Bluebird Tweezer, £7.99, Browtician will make the job far less fiddly.  

Step 3: Once dry, disguise the join by pressing the nib of Little Black Liner, £22, Estée Lauder into the lash line. 

Step 4: A slick of lipstick will polish the look. Try Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Desirable, £25, Estée Lauder.

Browse the gallery below to see the full toolkit for this look

ss16 make-up tutorial: dewy glow

4. Dewy glow

Ultra-dewy, post-workout skin shone from the faces at David Koma, Alexander Wang and JW Anderson. It’s where a rigorous pre-show facial meets a streamlined kit of undetectable complexion correctors, to create skin so healthy and glowing it doesn’t need the fuss and show of colour.  

Step 1: On freshly exfoliated skin, apply Double Wear Makeup To Go, £33, Estée Lauder to cover blemishes. 

Step 2: Sweep the Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter £24.50, Estée Lauder over the tops of the cheekbones, along the nose and across the browbones to bring light to the face. 

Step 3: Dab Lip Gloss in Triple X, £19, Nars over eyelids to give them a sheen.

Step 4: Finish by patting Pure Color Envy Lipstick, £25, Estée Lauder onto the lips. Choose a shade one tone darker than your skin to avoid a drained complexion. Brush up brows with Brow This Way Styling Gel, £3.99, Rimmel London.

Browse the gallery below to see the full toolkit for this look

ss16 make-up tutorial: eye blush

5. Eye blush

With just a single posy-toned shade, this season saw make-up artists illuminating the eyes, warming the cheeks and perfecting the lips. “Sweeping a cream formula or moisturising lipstick with a fluffy buffing brush will keep it soft and unstructured,” explains Alexander. “It should be flirty, feminine but more importantly lived-in.”

Step 1: Neutralise any darkness around the eye with Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, £22, then apply Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Pearl, £16.50, both Estée Lauder to the waterline (under the lashes) to brighten.

Step 2: Use your ring finger to press Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Furious, £25, Estée Lauder over the eyelids. 

Step 3: Swipe Setting Brush, £7.99, Real Techniques over the bullet and buff onto the high points of cheeks, then brush a touch of colour on the lips. 

Step 4: Finish with a light coat of Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Brown, £9.99, L’Oréal Paris. 

Browse the gallery below to see the full toolkit for this look

Words: Shannon Peter 
Photography: Adi Admoni
Beauty Direction: Joanna McGarry

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