Perhaps our desire for freedom after our time indoors will push us to be braver with our outfit and makeup choices this season. Especially as the weather hots up and the prospect of having some semblance of a social life this summer doesn’t seem quite as far-fetched as it may have some months ago.
It’s important to remember that even though an array of events may have been cancelled this year – looking at you, music festivals! – dressing up most certainly has not.
If the spring/summer catwalk shows are anything to go by, then our makeup choices this season will be dominated by lots of look-at-me neon shades and the glamour of bygone eras, with a millennial twist of course.
In the Marc Jacobs shows, homage was paid to the body glitter trends of the late 90s, only instead of being slathered in head to toe glitter (Spice World – The Movie I blame you!) it was instead used on cheeks in place of traditional blusher. However, I like to think that they opted for the non-plastic biodegradable type of course.
Neon shades are set to illuminate all summer long.
If you love staying on trend but the thought of wearing glitter on your cheeks fills you with dread, fret not. Other shows saw models donning traditional blusher, only in shades of hot pink – reinforcing that bold statement looks are the way forward this summer.
A ‘more is more’ approach was adopted by Oscar De La Renta; in their Spring 2020 shows, models were sent down the runway wearing swathes of neon eye shadow. Most notably shades of yellow and orange were combined to reveal unashamedly vibrant looks, which calls to mind the makeup of the 90s club scene.
Floating eyeliner is another hot trend which is gracing magazine pages and Instagram beauty accounts alike. The bold cat-flick eye liner which is so synonymous of the mod style of the 60s has been updated in shades of neon which sit higher above the lids. One of the most popular makeup products this year is contours rx lids by design.
But bright colours aren’t reserved for eye makeup alone. Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta is known to create looks which often centre around a statement lip, most notably reds. However, neon orange reds and pink watermelon shades have been popping up on his Instagram of late. Why not add a dose of summer to your usual makeup palette and swap your classic red lippy for a brighter punchy shade? At least till the autumn anyway.
The sun won’t be the only thing you need to shade your eyes from this season. Neon shades are set to illuminate all summer long.
Anastasia Beverley Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol.3 – £68
Who said body glitter was only for festivals? Like we need an excuse to sparkle like a disco ball.
Shrine Biodegradable Glitter, for face, hair and body – £5.95
Vibrant summer looks demand a statement lip. Think bright neon pinks and orangey reds.
MAC Matte Lipstick in shade Candy Yum Yum – £17.50
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in shade Light My Fire – £23