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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NEW MAKEUP TRENDS AND WE HAVE THE BEST TIPS ON WHAT PRODUCTS TO USE TO ACHIEVE THEM. IT’S TIME TO OFFICIALLY WELCOME SUMMER AND MAKE WAY FOR SOME BRAND NEW BEAUTY TRENDS! FROM BOLD LIPS TO FRESH NATURAL LOOKING SKIN – THIS SEASON IS COVERING ALL BASES. HERE’S OUR ROUND UP OF THE TOP BEAUTY TRENDS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2016- WHICH LOOKS WILL YOU BE ROCKING IN THE COMING MONTHS?

1. Blue Steel 

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Get the summer vibes going early with this season’s top eye makeup trend. The colour palatte varies from aquamarine to electric blue. You can easily sport this look by subtly applying a thin line of blue kohl eyeliner pencil along the upper lash line or you can apply to the lower lash line for a bold wraparound effect. If you’re feeling brave! Use a bright blue matte eye shadow all over the lid and finish off with your usual black mascara.

2. Loud Mouth

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It’s time to let your lips do the talking – literally! This look works best if you keep the rest of your makeup fairly natural…you want all the focus to be on your lips. Eye make-up should be kept pretty basic…neutral colours with maybe a touch of eyeliner and keep the contouring and highlighting to a minimum also. The best colours to go for are vibrant oranges and pinks or you could take it a little bit darker and go with deep browns, plum or oxblood. Just remember – It’s all about the pout!  

3. Doll Face

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Ok, false eye lashes can be kind of intimidating at first… but unless you’ve been graced with amazingly long natural lashes then….you’re going to have to embrace the falsies if you want to achieve this look! Think 60’s chick style eye make-up….tonnes of black eyeliner and massive lashes! If you are absolutely against fake lashes then get yourself a black mascara with a thick bristle applicator (avoid plastic bristles) apply 2 or 3 coats leaving about a minute in-between each application- just to let the mascara dry slightly….and try to focus on your outer lashes. If you’re willing to give the false lashes a go….try using individual lashes which you can apply separately to the outer edge of you lash line and then apply your usual mascara. Time to flutter those doll eyes!

4. Starry Eyed Surprise

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Sometimes, everyone needs a little fairy dust in their lives….and this trend is exactly that! Take the low key approach and slick a little glitter liquid eyeliner along the upper lash line- perfect for daytime or a date. If you want to go full on glitterati style for your next night out, apply some eyelid primer or eyelid glue and dab on some loose glitter on top all over the eyelid and finish with mascara.  

5. Nailed It

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Nails have been having “a moment” for the past few seasons and this doesn’t seem to be fading fast. We’re talking “stiletto” style nails…with pointed and squared tips….intricate embellishment and amazing nail art. But the absolute stand out for us is the heavy presence of shattered glass nails. The best thing about these is…they look great on all nail lengths! So no need to panic if you can’t deal with really long nails! You’ll still be able to 100% rock this look. All of these styles are achievable at specialised salons but, if you want a cheaper option most high street beauty stores and pharmacies will soon have a wide variety of false and press on nails…or you could try it out yourself and get creative with some different coloured nail polishes!  

6. Un-touring

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Contouring is still a major major trend and, it’s more than likely here to stay thanks to the Kardashian/Jenner clan. However, this season saw the surprising return of a fresh faced complexion on the catwalk. Take a break from contouring and try just using a light dusting of matte bronzer over your foundation and some rose pink blush on the cheeks for a more stripped back look. Using a gentle highlighter above the cheek and brow bones will still give you that sculpted look but just a little more natural than a full on contoured face.

7. Brow Power

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It’s all about the brows this season. Natural brows are in- so stop plucking and let them grow out as much as you can! Of course some taming will be required (we don’t mean grow out a full on mono-brow.) If you have over-plucked try using some brow nourishing oil which should help your brows grow in a little quicker and just help thicken them up slightly. In the meantime…there’s plenty of products out there to help you get power brows- pencils, powders, waxes, gels. These can be tricky to use without over-doing it and making the brows look really severe but like most make up techniques-practice makes perfect!  

8. Freckled Out

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Believe it or not…….faux freckles are the next big thing! Why wait till your summer holiday for those cute freckles to develop on your face? This trend will only look natural on skin that’s already got a little summer glow so, you may have to dig out the trusty fake tan to pull this one off! All you need is an eyebrow pencil that matches your skin tone….just dap lightly over your nose and the top area of your cheeks…..remember don’t put too much pressure on the pencil and don’t go overboard.

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