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Work the rainbow trend from ravishing red to ultra-violet

Neutrals are nice, but the season's happiest beauty look is all about the bright hues. Katie Wright sings the praises of 2017's bold make-up colours.

Make-up has the power to transform your face, but this season's boldest catwalk looks will send your mood soaring too, as saturated shades make a case for ditching the nudes, like, now.

Plus, this is a trend which spans the winter/spring divide, so it's worth investing in a few vivid pigments to see you through to summer.

From ravishing red (and, no, not just lippie) to ultra-violet, here's how to work the rainbow trend in the real world.

Described as 'explosions of colour,' at the AF Vandevorst show, powder pigment was dropped at random with a pipette over eyelids.

To soften this daring look, take a shimmery, dark red eyeshadow (or blush, which you've probably already got at home) and use your finger to tap it onto to the outer eye corner, then blend out with a blusher brush for diffused, subtle colour which is particularly flattering on hazel and green eyes.

  • Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Apex, £16.50 (www.illamasqua.com)
  • Lottie London Blush Crush in Harry, £4.95, Superdrug (www.superdrug.com)

Attention, scarlet lip devotees: try switching out your blue-toned red for a zingy orange every once in a while, and discover the joy of a fruity pout, a la the Proenza Schouler catwalk.

If you're fair-skinned, a shiny peach or coral shade works best, while matte tangerine and red-orange really pop against olive and darker skin tones.

  • MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, £15.50 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick in Geraldine, £25 (www.narscosmetics.co.uk)

Backstage at I'm Isola Marras in Milan, MAC's Michelle Magnani blended yellow and orange cream colours to create a custom ochre shade, that was painted over the eyelids and waterline then gently smudged out.

Magnani added a swipe of hot pink under the eye, but this look is more wearable if you stick with just yellow on the eyes and finish with a sheer magenta wash over the lips.

  • MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Genuine Orange, £14 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)
  • MAC Chromaline in Primary Yellow, £16 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)

The 'urban warriors' on the Emilio Pucci SS17 catwalk were daubed with a wide slick of emerald paint in the eye crease, creating a fierce flash of colour.

Tone down this gutsy look by drawing a floating green pencil line in the crease and blending it Sixties-style, or use a metallic green liquid liner to trace a sharp cat-eye flick.

  • 3ina The Colour Eyeliner 508, £7.95 (www.3ina.com)

Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, models' eyes were ringed with masses of pretty powder blue at Thom Browne.

If you're blessed with huge, doll-like eyes, this look will totally work on you - if not, a finer line of shadow in a shade that contrasts your eye colour is more flattering.

Complete the look with a dash of baby pink blusher and a pale lip.

Thom Browne backstage image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

  • 3ina The Eyeshadow 126, £6.95 (www.3ina.com)

At Vivienne Westwood, nails were painted a stormy navy, the perfect shade if you want to go dark in the mani department without going full-on goth.

Give your talons the indigo treatment with Essie's inky Bobbing for Baubles.

  • Essie Bobbing for Baubles Nail Polish, £7.95 (NailPolishDirect.co.uk)

'Violet lipstick?' You might exclaim, but just a cursory glance at the #purplelips hashtag on Instagram proves a purple pout really is the way forward.

On the Ohne Titel catwalk, the girls were given a moody purple hue, which looks gothically gorgeous against a porcelain complexion, but if you've a darker skin tone, a brilliant violet, whether matte or moist, will really zing.

Ohne Titel backstage image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

  • Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in BTCH, £20 (www.illamasqua.com)
  • Nizz Purple Haze Lipstick, £16 (www.nizzcosmetics.co.uk)

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