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Backstage Make Up Trends for 2016

This season has moved on from the 'no makeup' look that has previously dominated runways. Get ready for blue eyes, bright lips and false lashes.

Val Garland for Monique Lhulilier | Photo IMAXTREE


Eyes are bold this season but it’s not about heavy makeup, it’s about a ‘pop’ of colour.

Primary colours (yellow, blue and red) have been huge on the international runways and can be seen in eyeliners, coloured lashes and brows.

Marni | Photo IMAXTREE


Lashes have become a real feature from bright hues, to full on and deconstructed. We’re seeing a 60’s revival of the doll lash but with a raw grunge edge - full impact and worn in.

Jason Wu | Photo IMAXTREE


Bright lips are huge this season but the more matte the better. A lot of companies are bringing out a full range of matte colours and matte lip products which transform any existing shade into a matte shade.

Red lips are big but in a youthful, carefree way as opposed to a precise old hollywood look.

When wearing a bright lip, keep all other makeup minimal to balance the bold and add a freshness to the look.

Tom Pecheux for Balmain | Photo IMAXTREE


It’s all about clean makeup; while full coverage has been out for some time in fashion, this season is really about paired back, minimal skin. Clean and fresh.

We’re having a moment for the strobe. Skin should have a natural sheen, that gives the you a healthy, worn in (almost athletic) appearance. It’s the equivalent of ‘rich girl hair’ - you look perfect but not as if you’ve specifically tried, or just walked out of your makeup appointment.

Summer skin is reinvented using subtle warm bronze and peach tones on the skin to mimic the effects of a relaxing afternoon sipping cocktails in the sun. It’s not about a tan, just a glow.

Create dewy skin by only powdering through the centre of the face using a sheer or translucent loose powder. It should look fresh, not oily.

Images from IMAXTREE, found at Harpers Bazarr

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