Put down the dry shampoo. Unthink your eyeliner. DIY your nails. As models have strutted the last runway shows for Spring/Summer ’15, Fashion’s Big Four have revealed an overarching beauty theme: nonchalance at its chicest. Here, Beauticate brings you eight new trends never so effortlessly runway to realway.
1. Betty got Sweaty
Move over dry shampoo, it’s all about mousse for oily-looking definition. Zac Posen at New York Fashion Week, Christopher Kane in London, Marni in Milan and Balmain in Paris (to name just a few), have demonstrated the biggest beauty trend upon us: post-workout hair.
Most Wearable: Christopher Kane
At Christopher Kane, lead stylist Guido Palau framed models’ faces with a subtle oily-looking front section, delicately ruffled around the hairline and tucked casually behind ears.
Fake an hour of cardio slog by dampening the front section, then smooth through a little mousse to create oily-looking texture. Tuck behind ears, then use fingers to ruffle and loosen around the hairline.
We love the alcohol-free and flexible-hold formula from Tresemmé for workable texture.
2. Eyeliner insouciance
Bold but casual eyeliner was everywhere including at Hervé Leger, Libertine, Narciso Rodriguez and Prada. Forget the mastering the feline flick, this look is about bold and graphic, yet imperfect lines.
Most Wearable: Narciso Rodriguez
Lead artist Dick Page created bold and smudgy black framing around the outer half of models’ upper and lower lash line and upward into the crease. Page was inspired by the scruffy style of a punk Debbie Harry. No steady hand needed.
Using a creamy waterproof formula such as Stila’s Smudge Stick, run the nib back and forth into roots of the lashes, working from the halfway point to the outer corner. Build upwards and outwards to create the desired thickness. Use ring finger to soften and blur before it sets.
3. Laid-back Ponytail
The low ponytail was ubiquitous, yet distinct variations proved how versatile this style can be. From the dual-texture by Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang, to crimped sections at Stella McCartney, to tonged ends at Jason Wu, this pony is the anti try-hard.
Most wearable: Jason Wu
This was the most soft-textured low pony, yet dishevelled movement through the lengths lent an air of chic coolness. Stylist Odile Gilbert created this look, inspired by the strong and feminine Charlotte Rampling.
Create a side-part with a tail comb, then smooth a little mousse (for volume) through roots to lengths of dry hair. Using a paddle brush, blow dry in a backward direction (away from the face). Wrap sections around a 2 inch barrel tong to create movement. Mist with a flexible holding spray such as KMS Hair Stay. Tie securely at the nape then run fingers through the lengths for fuss-free texture.
4. The lived-in lip
With tangerine at Tanya Taylor, scarlet at Missoni and merlot at Naeem Khan, the soft-edged, no maintenance lip trend is a minimalist’s best accessory.
Most wearable: Naeem Khan
Inspired by the ‘undone’ beauty of old Hollywood superstars, lead artist James Boehmer blotted a satin merlot shade onto the lips. The colour was concentrated in the centre and diffused outward toward the lip line for a stained effect.
Use a deep burgundy-plum such as Ellis Faas in L102 and pat onto parted lips with tip of middle finger. Build pigment in the centre and work outward to diffuse the colour. Increase longevity by blotting with a tissue to help push colour into the lips.
5. Carefree centre-part
A firm favourite with designers for SS15 was the immaculately sharp centre-part. Temperley, Dolce and Gabbana and Balenciaga were just a few designers to declare the trend. But it’s good news: the wavering centre-part was equally favoured by Diane von Fustenberg, Chloé and Jonathan Saunders.
Most wearable: All three above
Since no SS15 trend report would be complete without reference to Kendall Jenner’s omnipresence, we’ll go with KJ’s relaxed tresses for Diane von Furstenberg
This look is the antidote to effort. With matte texture, random movement and a mussed-up crown, it’s I-woke-up-like-this bedhead. Spritz Eleven Australia’s Sea Salt Texture Spray through lightly damp or dry hair. Tip hair over, flick back, then use fingers to create a rough part between centre of the forehead and the crown.
6. No-nonsense shiny skin
As Alexander Wang models turned sharp left at the top of the runway, light rippled across glistening temples and cheekbones. Shiny skin was also seen at Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Prepare to embrace the I-don’t-care and eliminate your powder.
Most wearable: Alexander Wang
Lead makeup artist Diane Kendal used moisturiser then highlighted and contoured to bring a “strong and energetic” vibe to pared-down makeup.
Use a liquid highlighter such as Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal and gently smooth and tap onto the high planes of the face. Then hook the index finger and nudge it underneath the cheekbone toward the ear. This is your guide for simple contouring. Starting near the hairline, use a synthetic round brush to work a little Stila Bronzing Beauty Balm underneath cheekbone for glowing definition.
7. Raw Nail Art
No polished perfection here. Models at Rodarte sported graphic dirty-looking cuticles. Tibi models wore black dotted lines on one nail of each hand, and at Misha Nonoo, models were given strikingly streaky nails.
Most wearable: Misha Nonoo
Nail artist Traceylee designed a graphic streaked nail. Using a fine strip of paper down the centre to create negative space, nails were painted white then finished with a matte top coat for texture.
A simpler version can be achieved by first painting nails white, then allowing to dry. Take a pointed cotton tip dipped (not saturated) in polish remover and run lightly (and straight-ish) down the middle of the nail for the contrasted effect. Finish with a quick-dry, matte top coat such as Sally Hansen Big Matte for chip-free texture.
8. Bronzed Imprecision
When is bronze ever not on trend? But this is no JLo glow or JBronze for that matter. Balmain, Wang and Carolina Herrera showed us how to simplify the bronzed look with just a wash of bronze pigment on the mobile lid.
Most wearable: Balmain
While Herrera opted for a glossy bronze pigment, the makeup at Balmain was more sheen than shine. The wash of colour across the lid foregoes precise blending and gives warmth and simple definition to all eye colours.
Using fingertip (because you can), apply a cream bronze eyeshadow such as Beach Bronze from Bobbi Brown to clean eyelids. Concentrate the pigment around the lash line, then pat outwards and upwards for a casual, diffused sheer effect.
Story by Sarina Zoe.