When it’s cold, I have a tendency to hibernate. Living in England, means much of the year I am draped in coats, going from work to sleep, and possibly drinking some wine with friends in between. I get lazy, my makeup stays simple, and I pretty much wait to feel pretty until the sun starts peeking out from between the newly leafy trees. After months of grey, miserable, and cold, London weather, it's finally brightening up! My calendar is filling up with lunches, garden parties, barbeques and general summer merriment. So finally, I get to bring out my brushes and get pretty.
There were some really strong beauty trends on the SS15 catwalk, and one of the most prominent of these, was the graphic eye. Eyeliner is somewhat always in; everyone has that friend who manages perfect, winged liquid liner daily, or looks naked without a black flick dancing from their lashes. But now, it’s time for eyeliner 2.0. A variety of liner looks were championed on the catwalk and by makeup legend, Pat McGrath. Just Cavalli showed a perfect example of getting lower liner right; straight, bold and dark.
The dark graphic eye is striking, but it also works beautifully with colour. Think, Dior’s ‘Pastel Eyes’, created by Dior Makeup image director, Peter Philips using laser cut patches of satin. Or Fendi, whose show was host to an even more striking look, a bright blue graphic eye created using leather from the collection. You just use eyelash glue to stick on your fabric liner and that’s it, perfect for people who struggle with drawing it on. I had a go at the graphic eye this weekend. I went for the dot look from the Rochas runway (a staple look for Zoe Kravitz) and it turned some heads. A girl I didn’t know even tapped me on the shoulder at the bar to say how much she loved it!
One of the simplest ways to update your look for Spring is the centre parting; it’s SO easy and it looks SO good! Designers like Thierry Mugler and Saint Laurent showcased, simple, straight, centre parted hair on the runway. Use a serum to create an ever so slightly wet look (and banish flyaways) a la Balenciaga. It may be Cara Delivigne's signature hair style but, British model, Sam Rollinson shows shorter haired girls can do it too.
The final trend that is essential for this summer is body adornment. Tattoo transfers are no longer sticky little comic book pictures you peel out of a piece of bubble gum. They are all grown up! Tommy Hilfiger used luxe tattoo transfers on models such as Kendall Jenner in his SS15 show, and they made a big appearance at this years Coachella. And if you’re more into piercings than tats, go Dries Van Noten and wear a faux lip ring, or ear cuff! Feeling really out there? You could even do a James Kaliardos (Rodarte’s SS15 fashion show makeup artist) and wear multiple brow rings.