Put a spring in your step with these new beauty trends
From braids to buzz cuts and wet-look hair (and even skin), the SS16 catwalk shows were strictly for the professionals, right? Actually no, says Katie Wright. Here's how to try them at home
It's rare that this happens, but almost every beauty trend that surfaced from the spring/summer fashion shows was summed up by the models at Marc Jacobs.
Damp, dishevelled hair pinned precariously with a barrette; a hint of blue in the corner of the eye; purposely clumpy mascara and 'bitten' lips - it was all there.
Sounds kind of a mess, though, doesn't it?
But, examined in isolation, there were some very appealing elements at work on Jacobs' mussed-up maidens, and techniques that you can - and should - try at home.
GET THE BLUES
Every season has a dominant colour, this time around make-up artists made a beeline for blue, mainly on the eyes.
Missoni's models had opaque cyan eyelids and Issey Miyake's were daubed with aquatic splatters.
TRY IT NOW: Lancome Anthony Vaccarello Hypnose Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Mania, £38, offers a trio of blue hues to play with (www.lancome.co.uk).
ALL DOLLED UP
Wide-eyed porcelain dolls were the inspiration for many a beauty look, but these dolls weren't smiling.
Ice-blue lashes made Mary Katrantzou's models look frozen.
TRY IT NOW: Start with a couple of coats of MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, £19, then add a couple more (www.maccosmetics.co.uk).
HERE COMES THE BRAID
Forget pigtails and fishtails, the spring catwalks took braiding to a whole new level.
At Kristian Aadnevik, stylist Antonio Corral Calero designed an elaborate but artfully undone half-updo.
TRY IT NOW: Grip and volume are essential to master a catwalk-worthy braid, so start with Moroccanoil Root Boost, £18.85 (FeelUnique.com).
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1990
It looks like we've reached Peak Nineties in terms of fashion, and make-up artists have followed suit, with Tom Pecheux declaring "a supermodel from the Nineties" his muse at Moschino.
That means heavy lipliner, brown lipstick, big brows and gleaming skin all round.
TRY IT NOW: Use MAC Lip Pencil in Oak, £12.50, alone or with a slick of clear gloss on top (www.maccosmetics.co.uk).
With all those doe-eyed dolls around, lips mostly took a backseat in the make-up department this season, but there were a handful of notable exceptions.
Anna Sui, Givenchy and Burberry all showed gorgeously dense burgundy pouts, chiming with that going-against-the-grain spring spirit.
TRY IT NOW: Make it matte with Burberry Kisses Lip Velvet in Oxblood, £26 (www.burberry.com).
WETTER THE BETTER
Marc Jacobs' wasn't the only show where models sported decidedly dewy complexions.
At Prabal Gurung and Simone Rocha, foundation was ditched altogether in favour of moisturiser and concealer to let the skin shine through.
TRY IT NOW: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, £20.50, gives ample shine without the weight (www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk).
Flying the flag for individualism, lots of designers abandoned the identikit model approach this season, casting crop-haired beauties alongside the usual Rapunzel-esque girls.
TRY IT NOW: We wouldn't recommend grabbing the clippers yourself, you're going to need a trip to the salon for this one ...