ALRIGHTY. So, last night was my last day at the tents, and I can firmly say – with a giant bottle of water and Aleve in hand – that I’m glad that it’s over. It’s super fun, it’s super amazing, but it’s super exhausting and my feet are in a locked and upright position for at least a day or two.
But let’s talk about what I spotted backstage and how that will affect your beauty routine. After 22 shows and a whole lot of conversations with makeup artists, these are the trends you’ll be seeing, straight from the people who created them:
This photo from backstage at Vera Wang is pretty indicative of what you’ll see a lot of moving into the coming season, which is the big trend of Nearly Naked Faces. Spring’s biggest trend is that the focus is on your skin and your complexion, as this model (makeup by Lucia Pieroni for Cle de Peau) beautifully demonstrates at Wang. There were many shows where there was little-to-no-makeup on the eyes, some had no mascara (like at DKNY) and the lip was barely there. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for Apricot Blush to make its way into your beauty bag. That natural, fresh-from-the-gym hue is gorgeous on many skin tones and a perfect compliment to sunkissed skin.
This is also indicative of a second trend that comes straight from the late 80’s, which is Cindy Crawford-esque Brushed-Up Brows. Brows are thicker and brushed straight up for a boyish look, then set with brow gel. It’s a big moment for skin, though, gals.
You’ll be using a lot of CC creams, highlighters, concealers and pretty luminizers to get a gorgeous glow. Another example is this shot from backstage at Christian Siriano above, as created by Polly Osmond for Hourglass Cosmetics.
There will also be a good amount of Statement Lips to balance that no-makeup thing, and succulent oranges are back in a big way, as seen on model Jasmine that I shot backstage at DKNY. See what I mean? Glowing complexion, strong brows, but nearly no makeup. This lip, created by Charlotte Willer for Maybelline New York, ColorSensational Vivid Lipstick in Neon Red. It’s a vibrant tomato-orange that’s a great example of spring’s biggest lip trend.
The other big lip trends you’ll see? Beautiful bitten berry colors with dimension, like this look James Boehmer for NARS Cosmetics created backstage at Naeem Khan. The lip is a layering of two different lip colors – NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park with Satin Lip Pencil in Yu over it – but the trick is that loose powder was around the edges of the lips to soften the look to a hazy perfection with a focus on the center of the mouth.
Also, in case you were craving your 90’s-inspired makeup, break out your Veruca Salt CD, because 90’s putty browns are back, as seen on this model at Louise Goldin (created by Hannah Murray for MAC Cosmetics), which was inspired by Vanessa Paradis…
..and the goth lip is back, but softer, as created by Gucci Westman for Revlon Cosmetics backstage at Marchesa. This is a mixture of Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Plum as a base, two different lip colors – Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet and
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore – with the purple shade from the Revlon PhotoReady Eye Palette in Muse from The Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman (coming soon) patted into the center of the lips.
Nails? Pretty much sheer, gals. Nothing to really report. A few special nails stood out, but by and large sheer, easy nails rule for Spring 2014.
Which of these trends will you try?