Although it doesn’t feel like it, summer is just around the corner. That means a host of social events from weddings, a day at the races and garden parties to proms and summer balls.
The biggest beauty statement for summer is nude on the eyes, lips and most definitely on the nails. But do remember one shade of nude on the nails doesn’t suit everyone so you need to take into account your skin tone rather like you with your foundation and concealer.
Nude shades on the eyes need blending otherwise they can look powdery or make the lids look sallow. Plump for a palette of nude shades and blend the darker colour in the crease and highlight under the brow bone with the palest shade.
Florals in fragrance and colour make a big statement with takes on spring and summer flowers seen in lip glosses and lipsticks. But its in the perfume department where the garden of florals blossoms take centre stage. The floral fragrances that once were the associated your maiden aunt are the hottest news on the fragrance scene – especially for brides and the wedding party. This time of year also sees the launch of lighter summer fragrances from your favourite brands so check those out too if you want to stick to your favourite perfume.
Whilst the classic 60’s look is still there for summer it’s taken on a lighter and more natural look to balance with the nude and floral looks. One hot look we will all be aiming for after we’ve seen the film is The Great Gatsby look – again this is based on nude and floral colours.
Eyes are the focus of the season and don’t be afraid to cast away the browns and black liners and try shades of purple, blue or green in a clean liner of colour. Finish with mascara but use only on the top lashes.
And don’t forget its never too early to start your pre-holiday beauty regime. Skin will be dehydrated with the inclement weather so source out a rehydrating product and begin using it now before you hit the beach. Remember moisturising doesn’t stop at the face. Start a body brushing or exfoliating regime and moisturise after every shower or bath.
To kick start your routine we’ve sourced some of the new products on counter that epitomise the new summer trends and will help you look your best through the hopefully long hot summer.
From Estee Lauder comes a new high performance collection of four advanced multi-action cleansers and a refining toner. Each cleanser in the Perfectly Clean range has a multi-action and can be used as a cleanser and mask or a refiner in a choice of foaming or cream products. The Triple Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover has three functionsn and is perfect for taking on holiday.
To set your makeup and give an fashionable luminous look to your skin from Clarins comes a new Mineral Loose Powder. Ultra-fine and lightweight with a velvety soft texture is gives a radiant finish and doesn’t cake or feel heavy on the skin.
From Bobbi Brown there a comfortable long-wear foundation that never looks fake or cakey yet gives up to 12 hours of flawless oil free wear. It goes on the skin smooth and evenly and its completely portable. Vitamin enriched and with silica powder to absorb access oils it comes in 18 shades.
The hottest news on the nail scene comes from Clinique with the launch of their new range of nail polishes. Their new nail enamels have been six years in the making and are designed for sensitive skins. The collection comprises of 12 permanent shades and 9 summer must have limited edition colours.
If you are wanting the high fashion Great Gatsby look then Benefit have a whole new range of options in their new Color Collection that fit the bill. The collection includes a long wearing powder eye shadows, creaseless eye shadows, lipsticks and lip glosses. To get the look we love powder eye shadow in Call My Bluff and Nude Swings with a slick of Fauxmance lip gloss.
Les Senteurs Gourmandes has arrived in Leeds. This French beauty house is renown for its high quality products that don’t break the bank. Their unique collection of vanilla based fragrances are reminiscent of the scents of the countryside in South Western France. The perfumes are crafted around four families – The Orchard, Traditional Vanilla, Childhood Memories and Travel Diaries, each one having all the emotions and sensuality of a true French perfume. Available from Marks and Spencers new beauty hall.
If you love the fragrance of Body Shop’s ingredients then read on. You can now spritz on your favourite fragrance and use it in tandem with your body products. The new Eau de Toilette range comes in eight addictive fragrances including Strawberry, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut and Mango. In 30ml easy to carry