15 Summer Runway Makeup Trends You Can and Should Try
Packed with inspiration for everything from new ways to wear mascara to fresh lipstick shades, the most recent round of shows were certainly an antidote to our beauty boredom.
Sick of your go-to winged eyeliner for special occasions? No sweat. Alexis Mabille’s rainbow-esque eyes are both striking and wearable. Want a new way to pep up cheeks? Try Emanuel Ungaro’s faux freckles on for size.
Ahead, we’ve compiled our favourite spring/summer ’16 looks for your viewing pleasure. Better yet, you’ll also find every single product you need to nail each one. Keep scrolling for the summer runway makeup trends you can and should try!
Burgundy may not seem like the obvious choice for statement lips this season, but when paired with bronzed skin, it’s pretty much perfection. Take your inspiration from Miu Miu and add an extra cool-girl element by dabbing iridescent purple at the centre for an ombre effect.
Orange (or coral to be more specific) is a tried-and-true makeup shade, except when we’re talking eyeshadow. Even we were surprised at how soft and lovely it looked dusted on lids at Altuzarra. That Tom Pecheux is just a bit clever, huh?
If you think penciling on freckles is silly, allow the models at Emanuel Ungaro to convince you otherwise. They're definitive proof that when done well, this look is youthful and pretty. To DIY, prep with a lightweight base, then use warm brown liner to create "freckles", scattering them anywhere the sun hits your face. Pat into the skin with fingers for a believable finish.
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux took salon eyelash extensions as his inspiration at Marni, creating seriously fluttery fringes. To get the look, invest in a lash growth serum, and emphasise your results with lash primer and volumising mascara on both top and bottom lashlines.
Okay. This one may look a little nuts at first, but the essence of the look—powder blue eyeshadow—feels fresh and feminine this season. Skip the ski mask shape and keep colour just on lids, and pair with matte skin, defined lashes and balmy lips for a modern (not ‘80s) vibe.
The Kit: Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup ($50); Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effects Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Riviera ($98); Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in Blue Night ($52).
Underliner—it’s everything you love about regular kohl liner (defined eyes), with an extra edge. Prep under eyes with shadow primer, then etch black liner along your lower lashline. Go thicker than you think—you can clean up any fallout with a cotton bud afterwards—and finish with a few swipes of lengthening mascara.
Much has been written about Prada’s gilded pouts, and the (sold out) product Pat McGrath used to create them—Gold 001. While the non-traditional lip shade is definitely mesmerising, it’s possibly a touch OTT for most. For a wearable take, press shimmery gold lipstick into lips for a sheer effect and pair with lengthening mascara and nothing else.
This ‘70s-inspired shadow feels modern for one reason—the texture is transparent. To recreate it at home, go for a wash of something matte (either cream or powder) and apply with a fluffy brush. Blend super-well—the colours should meld at the edges—and keep the rest of your makeup low-key.
When it comes to after-hours makeup, this embellished eye look is no slouch. Perfect for Christmas party season, it'll beat a predictable smoky eye, every time. Go vibrant in lime green or neon orange like the models at Giambattista Valli, or stick with a classic metallic. Not sure how to apply loose glitter? MAC’s Eyeliner Mixing Medium is a backstage fixture every fashion week—blend it with your sparkle to keep everything in place.
You’re probably pretty clued up when it comes to making the most of your bone structure, but there’s a difference between highlighting and the angelic complexions seen at Suno. Unlike regular highlighting (or strobing) where illuminiser is applied to all high points of the face, this look concentrates the “light” at the top of cheekbones and around the eyes. Blend with a fluffy brush for an even more lifelike result.
Scared of coloured mascara? Take Mary Katrantzou’s word for it, it’s an edgy look for summer. Choose a shade that best suits your eyes (blue is striking on everyone) and layer over white lash primer for maximum impact. Alternatively, for a more subtle effect, apply on top of your regular mascara and concentrate the colour at the outer third of your eye. Comb through your lashes post-application to keep things polished.
Bold brows aren’t news, but they do come into their own in summer. Worn with a sun-kissed complexion (and not much else), they’re all you need to feel pulled together. The aim is not to look perfectly primped, so leave the brow pencil in your beauty bag, and go for a mix of powder and thickening gel instead.
If you’re not into coloured lashes, Louis Vuitton’s Twiggy-esque look could be more your speed. It’s easy to replicate—all you need is volume-boosting mascara and strip lashes. For an iteration you’ll actually wear, highlight lower lashes using black kohl instead of individual falsies.
Like cocktails on a sunny Sunday afternoon, vibrant pink lipstick is never a bad idea. Whether this shade happens to be “trending” or not, it always feels fresh worn as an accent to summery neutrals. Blue-based fuchsia can tend to suit pink-toned complexions best, so look for a warmer version if you have olive skin.
Consider this the most lo-fi trend of the bunch. It’s easy to nail at home and you probably already have everything you need to try it (cream blush: tick). The defining factor is in the application. Use a light hand and place colour just on the apples. Finish off with a dab of highlighter on cheekbones for a romantic look.
Opening photo: Getty