The spring 2016 runways favoured bold gestures, and celebrated unique styles that reminded us of the fun we used to have when experimenting with our mother's make-up as young children. The whole no make-up, make-up phenomenon is still going strong, but the season's colour game was an even stronger one, with shades of blue and pink popping up on the runways at Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Dior. Rather than a frosty, subtle shade of blue, Marc Jacobs offered us a graphic look smudged atop the eyelids accompanied by a sporadic hint of glitter, while at Chanel and Missoni, more than just a hint of blue was applied outside of the lines.
Meanwhile, trends of the '90s also made their appearances on runways, as matte shades of brown adorned models lips' at Givenchy and Burberry. If you needed a break from all the daring colour choices of the season, designers by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, and Isabel Marant embraced a refreshing take on (no make-up) make-up, and healthy, glowing skin, while swirls of tawny blush subtly heightened features at Rodarte, Michael Kors, and Balmain.
Finally, you'll be excited to hear that glitter is back (in many forms). From dense sparkles atop eyelids at Creatures of the Wind, glued-on glitter slightly above the eyelid at Giambattista Valli, and sparkle-coated lips (yes, lips) at Prada, this season proved that glitter is not only appropriate to wear on your face, but it is now appropriate to wear just about anywhere on your face.
Without further ado, we give you the top 10 beauty trends of spring-summer 2016.
From Chanel's pastel blue mask that took over everything from eyes and brows, to Missoni's painterly smudge of cyan, it's safe to say that blue reigns as the colour of the season. To take this trend from runway to real life, opt for pastel shades of blue shadow and blue liner that can be worn under eyes for an added touch of colour.
Whether it's smudged across your eyes, sketched into a cat eye, or meticulously placed on your waterlines, dark eye liner is a must for the spring-summer season. When lining the top of your eyes, use a liquid liner to ensure a smooth, clean line. For the bottom lash line, use a gel or pencil that can be smudged for your desired effect.
Electric shades of red, pink, and oxblood reigned as the lip colours of the season on the spring-summer runways. Save darker shades (like red or oxblood) for more sophisticated looks and nights out, and opt for playful shades of pink to make a statement in your day-to-day life.
The best part about this season's glitter trend? It isn't just confined to your eyes. Swipe a glitter formula or shadow across your eye lids, lips, or anywhere else your heart desires to make a glamorous statement this summer.
This season's colour palette was anything but boring, as Lanvin and Christian Dior introduced a more delicate addition to the season's colour palette: pale pink. Shade your eyes with pale pink shadow, or simply opt for a soft shade of pink lipstick next time you reach for the perfect lipstick.
To achieve the dewy skin trend, skip foundation and apply a layer of moisturizer or Vaseline to your lids, cheekbones, and under eyes. This will give you that coveted, slightly sweaty glow.
For some, freckles aren't just a trend – they're a part of everyday life. But for those who wish to achieved the youthful freckled look, simply use a brown liner pencil or brow pencil to quickly create small spots along your nose. Smudge each spot with your finger for a more natural look.
While it may not be tanning weather quite yet here in Canada, a healthy bronzed glow can be achieved in other ways. Use a powder bronzer to swipe a faux sun-kissed look across your cheekbones, and use the same formula to apply the tawny shade to your eye lids for the ultimate bronzed goddess glow.
That au naturale look is back for yet another season, as designers embrace a refreshing take on no-makeup makeup and healthy glowing skin. To achieve this look, all you need is a little BB or CC cream, mascara, a hint of blush, and a little gloss, and voila!
EXTRA LARGE LASHES
When it comes to lashes this season, the stranger and larger, the better. Whether they're faux lashes, doll-like lashes, or clumpy fringes, heavy-handed mascara application is a must.