The best new ideas and must-have products to try this season Beauty style makeup.
Get Jourdan's glow and Gigi's perfect pout this season (Image: Getty)
Spring is on its way, so what more excuse do you need to give your beauty regime a new season refresh?
And ‘refresh’ is exactly the right word for what’s happening this spring, from insta-ready skin, perky, pinch-your-cheeks makeup and lustrous hair tones.
And don’t forget to add in a few luxe accents, from glossed up bronzy limbs to cool metallic ombre nails and luminising booster drops.
Here’s our round-up of the best looks and hottest products to check out right now...
1. Selfie skin
MUA Custom Colour foundation mix and Wonder Vanishing Cream primer
Smooth, Instagram-ready skin is a sweep of the finger away. Not just with photo-editing apps, but with new selfie-inspired make-up that acts like an Instagram filter. MUA Makeup Academy’s professional range has a Wonder Vanishing Cream Primer, £,5, to hide lines, a Setting Powder, £,4, to give a camera-ready base, and Custom Colour Foundation Mixers, £,4 each, to lighten or darken foundation to your perfect shade.
2. Ombre nails
There was a really cool twist on lips and tips at Michael Costello’s S/S show – metallic nails with subtle ombre tips to match the lipstick. ( Barry M Molten Metals collection, £,3.99 each, totally nails this, and there are new spring shades landing soon.) All you need is two polishes, a make-up sponge and a quick look at an online tutorial.
3. Glow drops
Get Jourdan's glow (Image: Getty)
Get spring’s most wanted supermodel gleam by mixing Iconic London Illuminator Drops, £,29.99, into your base and blending a little more on your cheekbones. This product can’t be restocked fast enough since Jourdan Dunn Instagrammed it on her ridiculously glowy skin.
Iconic London Illuminator Drops
4. Hair repair
Give yourself a colour boost (Image: L'Oreal Professionnel)
Boudoir beauty eye makeup kit
According to L’Oré,al salons, a huge 40% of colour appointments involve correcting DIY jobs. Hot for spring ’17 is a new Colour Reboot menu – from £,50 at Hari’s salons – to cleanse out unwanted colour, shift heavy build-up and restore lustre.
5. Perfect lipstick
Gigi Hadid backstage at Giambattista Valli (Image: Getty)
Gigi Hadid’s flawless look on the Giambattista Valli catwalk has made us go all Goldilocks over lipstick. We want bold (but not flat), we want lasting (but not drying), we want bright (but not overpowering). Etc, etc. Luckily, there are so many new ‘just rights’ that brighten, smooth, plump AND moisturise, like Avon Nourishing Lipstick, £,8 , Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipstick, £,9.99 , and Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo, £,26.
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo
6. Luxe tan
Julien Macdonald SS17 (Image: Getty)
Hello buoys! The girls at Julien Macdonald swished down the S/S catwalk wearing what St Tropez called the ‘super yacht tan’ – all rich colour and continental sheen. You can channel it over here with St Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss, £,12 – it’s the French Riviera in a tube.
St Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss
7. Flushed face
Salvatore Ferragamo SS17 (Image: WireImage)
Blush this spring should just look like you’re flushed from the sun. Take inspiration from Salvatore Ferragamo’s S/S show and try Milani Rose Powder Blush, £,8.99. If you prefer a cream, Revlon Insta-Blush, £,9.99, is like a cheek pinch in a stick.
Milani Rose Powder Blush and Revlon Insta-Blush
8. Eastern skincare
M&,S Pure Super Hydrate Pressed Serum
The Korean beauty influence keeps on rolling. Last year it was cushion compacts and sheet masks, this year it’s pressed serums, aka the concentrated power of a serum in the comfort of a cream. M&,S Pure Super Hydrate Pressed Serum, £,14, is the first on the high street.
Collection Volumax Mascara/Liquid Liner
10. Palette pick 'n' mix
Karlina Caune as the face of Elizabeth Arden wearing the Little Black Compact - shade 03 Leaves of Green (Image: Elizabeth Arden)
Who doesn’t love a new season palette? Go bespoke with Elizabeth Arden Little Black Compacts. For £,36, you get two eyeshadow trios (from a choice of 10) and a master palette to store them in. Extra, interchangeable trios are £,19 each.
Elizabeth Arden Little Black Compacts
11. Mindful beauty
Nails Inc is Mindful Manicure
After the car crash that was 2016, no wonder 2017 is about focusing on positive things. You know, like a nail polish that helps you meditate. Big for spring at Nails Inc is Mindful Manicure, £,15, four varnishes infused with crystals for their ‘aura-intensifying, thought-clarifying, healing’ powers. Good vibes, good nails, good times.
12. Hair accessories
Dolce &, Gabbana SS17 (Image: Getty)
The hair at Dolce &, Gabbana’s S/S17 show was all about the accessory, from cute bows and bands to all sorts of floral embellishments. Copy the trend minus the D&,G price tag with Claire’s S/S collection, from £,4.50.
Claire's Copper Flower Bead Headband, £,10 and Claire's Copper Black Baroque Headband, £,8
13. Brighter blondes
Alexander Wang SS17 (Image: Getty)
Blonde is BIG (look no further than the parade of platinum models on the Alexander Wang S/S17 catwalk). One product everyone’s talking about is John Frieda Blonde Perfecting Treatment, £,9.99, a weekly mask that leaves a veil of subtle shimmer on fair hair. Over 15 years in the making, the idea is it makes hair look brighter without needing to physically lighten and damage it.
John Frieda Blonde Perfecting Treatment
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14. Game girl beauty
Sonic The Hedgehog edition of GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment
What’s the most watched thing on YouTube after beauty tutorials? No, not kittens. Gaming. (And not just by nerdy blokes either – 50% of gamers are girls.) Now Glamglow is linking the two trends with this Sonic The Hedgehog edition of GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment, £,39. It’s a high score from us.
15. Gym bunny make-up
Check out Primark's PS workout range (Image: Primark)
Don’t fancy going barefaced in the gym? (One word: mirrors.) You don’t have to, now there’s a hot trend for make-up designed to wear when you work out. The best bargain is Primark PS Workout, a new 11-piece collection of waterproof, sweatproof eyeliners and mascaras, lip balms and foundations sticks – all priced at £,1- £,2.50!
Water Resistence Eye Liner, £,1, Waterproof mascara, £,2, Light Weight Foundation Stick, £,2.50
16. Probiotic creams
Friendly bacteria aren’t just great for your insides, they’re a huge trend in skincare this year too. Just as they strengthen your gut lining, probiotics also strengthen your skin barrier and help calm inflammation. Hot US probio brands Glowbiotics and Tula are launching nationwide next month, and everyone from Pixi to Vichy are including friendly face flora in their spring skin launches.
Glowbiotics Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil and Tula Hydrating Day &, Night Cream
17. Sleek style
Victoria Beckham SS17 (Image: FilmMagic)
Brand Beckham may be in a slight pickle right now, but we are certainly not a bunch of unappreciative you-know-whats when it comes to Victoria Beckham’s S/S17 hair trend. This super-polished look by ghd is exactly how to rework a 90s classic.