Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends

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It's time to update your make-up bag - the new season is here. Luckily, Spring's new beauty mood is fresh, pretty and full of wearable catwalk trends. From bold brows to bright green nails, find inspiration in our gallery of the best runway beauty looks to try this season, compiled by our beauty assistant Anita Bhagwandas. Which trend will you try?

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  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Athletic Skin

    Rather appropriately for Olympic year, this season's skin trend is 'Athletic' - but we don't mean dripping in sweat. Models' skin was toned, smooth and glowing with health at Doo Ri (pictured), Chloe and Peter Pilotto. Think Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby (but without the sweat and blood) or Britney in the I’m a Slave For You era.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Colour Wash

    Subtle washes of watercolour-style, 1920’s esque shades at Etro, Balmain and Erdem allude to an artsy carefree attitude.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trend: Neutral Metallics

    Think groomed New York socialite meets Hanoi Rocks (an eighties Finnish rock band) for this wearable metallic trend, by opting for a palette of nature-inspired hues, seen at Lanvin.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trend: Neon

    Acid colours on fingertips and lips is the bold way to make a statement this season. Try bright yellow nails like Katy Perry - we’re thinking Las Vegas lights all the way.

  • Spring/Summer Beauty Trend: Bold brows

    The new brow is serious and heavy with a stylised edge. Think Lana Del Rey meets Eva Green.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Bold Eyeliner

    Liner makes a spectacular comeback this season, whether it’s the double line at Marios Schwab or the plump revivalist flick at Jonathan Saunders (pictured).

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trend: Baby punk

    Henry Holland made tough femininity come alive, by pairing edgy flat-topped hair with a feminine ponytail. This is England’s Kel is the pretty punk poster girl.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trend: Green Nails

    Green is the nail colour of the season, whether it’s an emerald forest green or a pastel 50’s inspired hue.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Braidy Bunch

    From the Chola-style cornrows at Sass and Bide to the long low-slung plaits at Ashish (pictured), school girl braids are given a fashion make-over this season.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Retro up-dos

    Victory Rolls, pompadours and quiffs made a resurgence, with fifties up-dos led by Gautier and inspired by Rita Hayworth (pictured).

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: The undertuck

    The Hitchcock femme fatale reined at Jill Sander, with hair tucked under itself into a chic roll.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Bare lashes

    Jessica Chastain has been seen bravely trailing this season’s no-mascara trend, and barely-there lashes were out in force on the catwalk, like this Missoni look.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Flowing waves

    Sonia Rykiel (pictured) and Cacharel softened curls into the flowing waves that have become Kate Hudson’s classic look.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trends: Dark femininity

    Soft feminine shades on cheeks, nails and fingertips conjure up images of traditional English rose gardens, but with a hint of underlying darkness.

  • Spring/Summer 2012 Beauty Trend: Coloured hair

    Meadham Kirchoff’s candy coloured whimsical hair shades made us think of Gwen Stefani circa 2000.


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