colour yourself beautiful with M·A·C’s spring/summer 15 beauty trends

​From scrubbed and rubbed and made to look like a wild child to make-up that isn’t about make-up, MAC’s director of make-up artistry Terry Barber, breaks down the spring/summer 15 beauty trends, and this season the running theme is what he calls, “the...

by Felicity Kinsella
07 January 2015, 10:50am

Photography Piczo. Marques'Almeida spring/summer 15

Look number 1 is all about the black liner and thick lash classic, but this season they're escaping the bog-standard smoky eye for something more dramatic, as seen at the likes of Ann Demulemeester [Paris], SIBLING and Just Cavalli, with artful brushstrokes and wings rather than flicks, and mascara becoming the whole point of the look rather than just an element. "Just when you thought you put too much mascara on, you add another three layers," elaborates Terry Barber.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Beauty on the spring/summer 15 runways was all about the glow. As MAC's artiste of both metaphors and make-up puts it, "This season was the return to radiance, the return to the glow. There were themes running through the season but you have to get that glow. J Lo has been doing it for years, let's face it, she got it right!" Instead of the colour, this trend is about texture; matt skin against glossy lips or eyes. It's futurism but moving away from the silver panels of what we think we'd look like in the future and instead imagining what we'd look like if we were perfect beings and didn't need make-up. Check it out at Haider Ackerman, Christophe Lemaire [Paris], Jonathan Saunders and Kenzo. Let it shine!

The festival circuit has become integral to our culture and has spawned a whole new look we all embrace for one hedonistic weekend every summer. Colours are washed out, tie-dyed or stone-washed, or the leftovers of a night at the 90s Hacienda or full moon party on the beach. Marques'Almedia got it down to a T. Terry himself created the M'A girls sweet take on psychedelic grunge. Holly Fulton, Max Mara and Meadham Kirchhoff were also feeling the love this season.

Time to address the elephant in the room - natural make-up to defy all the above. Au naturale was probably the most prevalent trend for spring/summer 15, but "no make-up," very rarely actually means "no" make-up. This is about having clean skin, learning how to make cheeks rosy using a primer and a little massage or just a tiny bit of blush, "a little bit of red on the cheek can brighten up your whole life," Terry tells us. It ranges from the clean, to the freckly, to the full on tan ("not a two weeks in Marbella crash tan, more of a glow…") The girls got sun-kissed at Balmain, Jacquemus, Mary Katrantzou, Paul Smith, Proenza Schouler, Simone Rocha and Desigual this season. This is how to be the best you.

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