With all the colorful, ethnic, embellished clothing out there, the summer makeup look is minimal, with neutral lips and barely-there eyeshadow.
As usual, every trend has its corollary. And also as usual, Bobbi Brown leads the counter movement with a sherbet-y palette of soft pastels to dust on your lids. The look is shimmery, not chalky, young and fun and sweet.
On the west coast, makeup artist Antonia Ivanova reports seeing a bolder manifestation of this color trend in the peacock blues and greens of the new collections from Yves St. Laurent and Christian Dior.
“It’s a great look for women who want to be a little more adventurous and playful with color,” she says. For an easy-to-wear version of this trend, Ivanova suggests “Christian Dior’s blue mascara over brown mascara, just on the tips of your lashes, for an amethyst look.” Other colors she loves: Yves St. Laurent’s green and Trish McEvoy’s auburn.
“This summer’s eye look is heavier than last year,” NYC’s Souraya Hamdi reports. “But not heavy as in black eyeliner. Think ‘sultry woman in jungle,’ with the color trend transitioning from green to blue. Also, everything has more shimmer. But it’s not a glittery look — the shimmer is crushed down, so it almost becomes the pigment itself. The look is very sheer, very translucent.”
Speaking of sheer, women still adore the chips-don’t-show practicality of pale, sheer nail polish in the palest pinks and ladylike neutrals. For toes, footwear leads the way in determining the color trend. Chocolate and beige colors work beautifully with the natural leathers, corked heels and soft metallics of summer.
For brows, think natural but groomed, a departure from the overplucked, overdramatic look of seasons past.
There’s good news for real women with real hair this summer — two opposing trends make it possible to work with your hair texture and still stay right in style.
Sleek, low ponytails are an up-to-the-minute look for straight-haired girls. Wear it to the side, tucked behind one ear. Curly girls can opt for the opposing trend: loose, hippie chick hair, held off the face with clips.
Another trend with great practicality: headbands. If you have curly or unruly hair, an inexpensive headband can get that humidified mane off your face and off your mind.
Headbands are especially useful for haircuts in that awkward growing-out stage. Choose a wide fabric band to tuck stray strands out of sight, and keep medium-length hair off the back of your neck. Of course, straight-haired sisters can pair their headband with a ponytail, or go for that demure schoolgirl look we all know and love.
It’s all about working with your style, your looks, and most of all, your sense of fun!