As spring fashion starts to blossom in stores, the temptation to banish the bulk and black of winter to the back of the cupboard and shop up a storm for brand new looks is strong.
But every intelligent woman with a head for fashion and economics knows new seasons do not have to equate to expensive new wardrobes.
Instead, identifying a few key trends and investing sensibly is a practice that offers most satisfaction in the long run, both in terms of style and spending.
The Brisbane Fashion Festival offers a great opportunity to preview the core looks for summer, showing collections from leading Australian and international designers, styled by experts.
Here’s our guide to what’s coming up this spring/summer.
Hair stylists continued their love affair with curls when it came to designing catwalk looks for this year’s festival, with tousled, carefree locks featured in most of the parades.
Bob styles were also popular, though that doesn’t mean a trip to the hairdresser to chop off long tresses.
Head stylist Geoffrey Herberg showed us how to create a beautiful summer look with the help of a few bobby pins, some hairspray, hot tongs and lots and lots of teasing.
Designs from Tengdahl, retailer Lylah, Paul Hunt, and Francis Leon show off this season’s hottest hue: blue.
Blue, blue, blue, with splashes of green and tangerine, were the hottest hues on the catwalks this year, delivered by way of punchy blocks or clever digital prints.
Strong colour can be daunting for those who favour muted tones, but full specturums were on show meaning there’s space to find the right shade for you.
Scanlan & Theodore, Easton Pearson, Akira and Pia du Pradal all used variants of the key colour orange in their collections.
Basic black and white remained strong, as it tends to do when designers create with conservative spending in mind, and the array of feminine neutrals we saw come on strong last summer will be popular again.
Paul Hunt, Aurelio Costarella, Tengdahl and Talulah all used neutrals to great effect.
All the make-up for the festival was designed by Australian cosmetics king Napoleon Perdis, though you can recreate the looks without having to buy their full range of products.
Beautiful skin returned as one of the key features of this season, with the look dewy, youthful and fresh. You’ll need a good cleanser, moisturiser, sunscreen, and primer to make sure your make-up doesn’t slip off.
Minimise shine and keep skin in good condition with a mineral-based powder applied to set light foundation and keep you looking satiny throughout the day.
Spend time priming and preparing the skin before applying make-up, which was kept relatively minimal save for bronzer and shimmer cream used to highlight cheeks, jaws and eyes.
Look one, as featured in the Brisbane Arcade parade
Prime · Using Artist Foundation/Base Brush 19b, apply Auto Pilot Pre-foundation Skin Primer to the face. · Prep lips with Auto Pilot Lip Service. Buff the lips if needed using a clean mascara wand. · Apply your first coat of Peep Show Mascara Madame Curl Curl. Base · Using Stick Foundation, apply a small amount onto the ‘feature focus’ area of the face and blend well so it disappears into the jaw line. For best results, use Artist Foundation Brush 19b. · Conceal with the Pro Palette Concealer. Either mix Deep Sand and Light Amber, or layer the shades on the under eye area to conceal darkness/discoloration. Use Eye Priming Brush g10 for best results. · Mix the appropriate shades from the Pro Palette Concealer to match the skin tone and apply to blemishes. Be sure to warm the concealer into the skin with your finger tip or a sponge. · Apply a touch of concealer across the entire eye lid from the lash line to the brow bone and set with a touch of the Mattifying Mineral Primer, creating a base for your eye shadow. · Lightly set the foundation across the ‘feature focus’ area of the face with the Mattifying Mineral Primer. For best results use Polishing Brush 50r. Eyes · Using Sculpting Brush 10r, sweep a blend of Color Disc Trench Coat and Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad #2 Grey through the socket of the eye. For a beautiful blend to the eye, sweep back and forth into the socket and inner bridge of the eye. · Pat Color Disc Trench Coat over the mobile lid using Flat Shader Brush 10b. · Line the inner rim of the eye with Eye Pencil White On. · Apply one coat of Peep Show Mascara Madame Curl Curl to the top lashes. Brows · Comb the brows and define with Eyebrow Pencil Pale Rider. · Hold brows in place with Peep Show Mascara Madame Crystal. Cheeks · Apply the Ultimate Contour Palette Contour shade in the hollow of the cheeks to create definition. For best results use Reflective Contour Brush 20b. · If necessary, apply the Ultimate Contour Palette to the temples, chin and jaw line. Lips · Ensure the lips have been hydrated well with Auto pilot Lip Service. · Wipe or pat off any excess Auto Pilot Lip Service and pat Front Row Red Lip Gloss onto the lips. · The effect is a ‘stained’ lip, so you can use either Flat Shader Brush 10b or a fingertip to apply the gloss and achieve this result.
Look two as featured in the Swim and Resort Wear Parade
Prime· Apply Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum to the face.· Using Artist Foundation/ Base Brush 19b, apply Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer to the face.· Apply Mattifying Mineral Primer to feature focus area of the face using Artist Foundation/ Base Brush 19b.- Prep lips with Auto Pilot Lip Service.· Curl eye lashes with the Lash Curler. Start by pressing the curler close to your lash bed, and then slowly walk the lash curler out.Continue to press the lashes as you walk the Lash Curler out.· Apply your first coat of Peep Show Mascara Madame Prep.· Start at the base of the lash and then work the wand out towards the end ofthe lash in a wiggling motion to distribute product evenly.· Follow with the application of Mesmer-eyes Mascara.
Base· Using Advanced Mineral Makeup, apply a small amount onto the ‘feature focus’ area of the face and blend well so it disappears into the jaw line. For best results, use Artist Foundation Brush 19b.· Conceal dark circles with Pro Palette Concealer. Mix the appropriate shades, or layer the shades and apply to the under eye area to conceal darkness/discoloration. Use Eye Priming Brush G10 for best results.· Apply a touch of concealer across the entire eyelid from the lash line to the brow bone and set with a touch of Camera Finish, creating a base for your eye shadow.· Lightly set the foundation across the ‘feature focus’ area of the face with Camera Finish.
Eyes· Apply Color Disc Clean Slate from lash line to brow bone using Contour Brush 16b.· Pat Color Disc Clean Slate onto the mobile lid using Flat Shader Brush 10b to create a more opaque shade on the lid.· Line the inner rim of the eye with Eye Pencil White On.· Apply Loose Dust Holy Smoke to the lower lash line. Apply using Flat Shader Brush 10b.· Apply 2 coats of Mesmer-eyes Mascara to the top lashes.
Brows· Comb the brows and define with Eyebrow Pencil Pale Rider or a suitable brow product.· Hold brows in place with Peep Show Mascara Madame Crystal.
Cheeks· Add Mosaic Blushing Powder onto the apples of the cheeks and blend up towards the temple using a Chisel Blush Brush 22b. · Highlight the top of cheekbones using Pro Palette Concealer Light Amber.
Lips· Coat the lips with Divine Goddess Lipstick Hess using Lip Brush 2b.· Line the lips using Lip Pencil Nude Awakening.· Finish with Love Bite Lip Plump.
Source : www.gloucesteradvocate.com.au