The latest beauty trends are big, bold and beautiful – start experimenting today for a gorgeous summer ahead
After weeks inside, we’re getting ready to emerge – even if it’s just for a socially distanced stroll with our BFF – and the latest beauty trends are all about celebrating colour, making bold statements and embracing everything we’ve learned about ourselves over the past couple of months.
Beauty in lockdown has been an essential part of coping with such a difficult situation. We’ve realised that selfies are worth getting dressed-up for, and Zoom meetings require a certain amount of lipstick and/or contouring if we want to look good on screen.
Pampering has boosted our wellbeing, helped us sleep and taught us that at-home grooming can be just as exciting and powerful as a visit to the salon. We’ve learned to touch-up our own roots, apply a full head of colour (preferably in the garden to avoid coating the entire house in dye) and we’ve got trimming our fringes down to a fine art.
No surprise then, that the leading trends for summer 2020 make the most of these life lessons, as well as encouraging us to be braver and bolder with our beauty choices: after weeks inside, even a walk in the park is an occasion to experiment with a daring new look.
Here are some of the hottest trends to try right now, whether you’re updating Insta or heading back to work:
Wings for days: winged eyeliner has been big on the catwalks for a while, but this summer it’s going supersize. You do not – repeat, do NOT – need an excuse to try this trend. And if you want to take it to the max, wear your flicks with aquamarine eyeshadow on the lids, a bold and beautiful way to emerge from lockdown life.
If you’re worried about the delicate area around your eyes looking dull, or being prone to fine lines, try Dermalogica’s Age Smart Biolumin C Eye Serum to brighten the eye area with a boost of vitamin C, firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and hydrate and exfoliate for smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Optimal microbiome: A rising skincare trend for 2020, creating optimal skin microbiome will help everything from ageing concerns to acne. According to Dermalogica, the latest scientific research indicates that healthy skin starts with a balance of hydration and a strong lipid barrier. To achieve optimal skin microbiome, try Dermalogica’s Replenish Duo . It contains New Skin Smoothing Cream (100ml), which has a state-of-the-art complex to infuse skin with moisture and works on a molecular level to help reduce trans-epidermal water loss and shield the natural microbiome, and Phyto Replenish Oil (30ml), working in three phrases to strengthen, hydrate and shield for healthy, luminous skin.
Head-turning pouts: Given the impact lockdown has had on real-life dating, it’s no surprise that megawatt pouts are making a big comeback this summer. Physical dates aren’t quite on the cards yet, but many singles are already using dating apps to find potential partners: virtual dating is on the rise – and imagine how many first in-person-dates will be taking place once it’s safe to do so! Get serious about preparing your pout with Avant’s new Hyaluronic Acid Replenishing Lip Serum to intensively hydrate, plump, soften and balance moisture levels without feeling heavy or sticky. Finish with a generous slick of sheer colour and subtle shine from Gatineau’s Perfection Ultime Lip Balm Trio – choose Rose, Cafe or Rouge for a just-kissed flush.
Twisted topknots: Life without hair salons has not been easy – and if you didn’t fancy an at-home-dye-job, you may be struggling with at least an inch of regrowth right about now. Little wonder that dramatic up-dos are dominating Insta feeds; they hide a multitude of sins, from split ends to fading colour. Try twists, topknots and braided buns, elegantly secured with Kerastase Couture Styling Lacque Noire