Balmain Paris spring/summer 2018 mixes cool-girl attitude with exceptional DNA when it comes to achieving that flawless, natural look... Extreme long hair is about to make a comeback....
This has to be one of my favourite key trends from Fashion month as it's super easy to achieve from home. We're talking power ponytails or flat ironed hair with a sleek finish to the I-woke-up-like-this bedhead. Makeup is kept natural with a luminous glow and cheekbone defining contour. To achieve this look you should opt for a natural, light-weight foundation such as Perricone MD No Foundation, Foundation and a light dusting of highlight to the higher points of the face where the sun naturally hits. Hair should be well conditioned using Balmain's revitalising shampoo and this works perfectly for the sleek ponytail finish or if you want to achieve the bed head finish you can always opt for Balmain's texturizing salt spray for texture and volume. Balmain really focused on metallic lip shades this season to pop against the minimal base and dark, smouldering eyes with a smokey finish using a mix of rich, dark metallic tones for a striking effect. To achieve a striking metallic finish to the lips you can buy metallic pigment lipsticks from the likes of Huda Beauty or Gerard Cosmetics, or opt for a homemade version using clear gloss and shimmer shadows to create a unique look.
Just like Balmain and Helmut Lang, Jeremy Scott has a similar approach with a minimal mood where the focus was on each model's innate beauty. This emphasising on clean, natural complexion using hydrating products. My favourite products at the minute to achieve this look is the Ole Henriksen Vitamin C Facial Mist and Serum, alongside the Perricone MD No Foundation, Foundation for a light, dewy finish. Makeup should be kept simple with a light base and focusing on a more natural approach, or you can always opt for a lighter base using a BB Cream. Nails, on the other hand, should be bold with a bright pop of colour to give a high shine finish for a healthy look to compliment the natural base. Hair can be straight or volumised to add more definition to this lightweight look using serums and oils to achieve a high gloss finish.
Neon was another big hit this season with pops of bright-toned shades such as orange, red, pink and acid bright pigments. Phillip Plein nailed this trend exceptionally well with models sporting bold eye-makeup with eye-popping pigment to really make the shades pop against a more natural base. You can always mix this trend up by focusing on the lips with bright matte lipsticks or glosses for spring-summer 18. If you prefer to focus on the eyes then opt for pigmented shades that pop or even glitter for extra dazzle, but remember to keep your base and lips natural so it balances out and doesn't clash. If bold colours aren't to your fancy you can always nail this trend by focusing on nail polish instead, opting for bright shades that really stand out and you can always clash colours by matching fingernails with toenails for a chic polished look this spring.
Alexander Wang opted for bright pinks and lavenders on the runway for a bold finish, compared to Balmain's modern laid-back approach. Gathered loosely with amplified texture to the back, Alexander McQueen really made this style the focal point at fashion week. Valentino took a more chic approach to hair with pretty micro braids and slicked back hair, to a clever romantic back braid and long loose wavy hair at Alberta Ferretti. These looks are super easy to achieve at home and look the part for spring/summer 18 with a chic vibe at the beach or festivals.
Marc Jacobs went bold with liner this season with a variety of dramatic finishes such as this season's hottest trend, dramatic eyeliner with a natural base. The easiest way to achieve the perfect cat eye is to opt for a sharp nib liquid liner such as Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Liner Pen. Helmut Lang went for a bold red lip finished with an ombre effect to the outer corners giving a darker appearance, finished with a bright red to the centre. My favourite eyeshadow palette at the moment is the Laura Lee Pro Eyeshadow Palette, which has a wide variety of shimmer pigments mixed with mattes to create the perfect metallic finish this season, or you could opt for the smokey eye which has been hugely popular every season.
Fenty Beauty was most definitely the one to keep an eye on for spring/summer 18 and the most talked about with its range of stunning bold pigments and natural, dewy foundations. The line compromises of clean, minimalistic packaging and it just looks so chic!! I still haven't got my hands on any of her products as of yet but it's definitely on the cards. The highlights appeal to me with a wide range of shades to choose from!...
What's your favourite Makeup Trend for Spring/Summer 2018 fresh off the runway(s)?
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