Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Beauty trends for Spring/Summer 09

The latest trends are out and circulating, thanks to the buzz caused by the international Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan, Paris, and London. If you’re one of the latest-trend posse, I’m sure you’re already channelling in some of the trends to work with your winter wardrobe, for the last of the cold weeks ahead of us.

But, in the spirit of hope (or desperation) for warmer weather, I thought I’d focus on the hair and beauty trends for the spring/summer looks for 2009.

Here’s what the catwalks were saying for what’s going to look hot when the heat arrives this year.

Paris emphasised the lips, with bold, bright colours, and muted shades on the eyes, or light pastels.Paris s/s 09 Carcharel
Teamed with wet look hair, the look is light and fresh, or accessorised with a headscarf, so chic. (Also a godsend for those days when you really can’t be bothered to wash your hair – you know it’s true).Paris s/s 09 Celine

Milan caught the 70s glamour look, favouring smoky eyes and glossy lips. Can’t go wrong with a metallic shade of bronze or gold smudged over eyelids, with well-shaped red lips. So sultry! Contouring was very prominent on the catwalks in Italy for s/s 09. Bronzer under your cheekbones and a touch of highlighter on top, and you’re on your way – practice first, and BLEND, or you might leave your house blissfully ignorant of the fact that you look like you took the animal print thing too far and painted zebra stripes on your face.
Milan s/s 09 Roberto Cavalli
Milan s/s 09 Gucci
The hair, the big blow-dried hairstyles, complete the look, but perhaps we’ll leave that to those with patience (and skill) among us. Meh, bed-hair works for me!

New York’s catwalks had my favourite looks with the classic hippie-chick centre parting, modernised with long sleek, straight or wavy hair.
New York s/s 09 DKNY

Or the asymmetric styles, reminiscent of the 80s. It looks easy to achieve, just go wild with the spray and backcombing and then pin one side back. Emphasised side-partings and volume make a statement.
New York s/s 09 Proenza Schoeler

Gloss is BACK. Apparently no more matt for the New Yorkers! Enhance natural lip colour with pinks, peaches or clear glosses and match with subtle peachy cheeks and eyes. This is The Look for your summer dresses and wedges look! ‘Girly’ never looked so fresh.

Lightly smoky eyes were popular too, with the nudes of last season rolling into this one. Mushrooms, taupes and beiges are hot on the eyelids, with nude lips, and just rub in a bit of kohl to bring out the evening glamour. Now, if only we had NY summer weather…
L: New York s/s 09 Rodarte
R: New York s/s 09 Erin Fetherston

L: London s/s 09 Richard Nicholls

R: London s/s 09 Jenny Packham

London by no means lacked punch! The vibrancy was there, with dark, architectured brows with classic red lips, matt or glossy. Futuristic lip colours, in violets and pinks are going to look hot with your florals this spring and summer, with glossy eyelids and fresh, dewy skin. I’m thinking light pink lipgloss and a bit of Vaseline on the eyelids are going to look wicked with a bikini on the beach.

The wet hair look was big on our capital’s fashion week catwalks too, as were messy up-dos (YAY for the lazy among us). The hippie plaits have faded away, to be replaced with twists, for buns or ponytails. Simple for the day; or neat for an elegant evening look.

And you and your purse can breathe a sigh of relief because the accessories you recently splurged on in Topshop can work with your summer '09 looks too. Fascinators with neon netting, bows, scarves and pins all made a show on the catwalks, so they’ll make a show on the pavements of Britain this spring and summer too.
London s/s 09 Luella

BRING ON SUMMER! (I want to go on holiday now)

Mei your day be great <3

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