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The Top Beauty Looks for Spring/Summer 2014

Friday, 9 May 2014

Spring clean your make-up collection in time for Summer with our run-down of this season's hottest beauty trends. Check out our top five make-up looks from Spring/Summer 2014 catwalks including tips from MUA Ruby Hammer on how you can recreate the look yourself from hot pink lips, purple eye shadow and feline flicks.

Purple Eyes & Gold Lip
This look is all about contrasting lips and eyes. A super-matte face is the perfect foil to this adventurous look. A wash of pale shadow on the lids. A light purple shade is applied from the crease up to the browbone, blending the edges. False eyelashes are applied on the upper lashes and the lower lashline with no obvious mascara. The cupid’s bow is defined with a hint of gold, which is also dabbed on the bottom of the lower lip.

Ruby's Tips: Eyelure do an excellent selection of lashes to recreate this look. Wait for the glue to get tacky before applying and securing to your lashline. For a wash of purple, try MAC Eyeshadow in Idol Eyes or Beautiful Iris. For lips, use a touch of Maybelline Chromatics Eyeliner in Vibrant Gold softened and blended with fingertips.

Bright Pink Lip
A monochromatic face offset by a vivid slash of colour on the lips. Take the time to create a polished face by using foundation, carefully blended concealer and set with a powder. Brows are left natural, and lashes given one coat of mascara. A hint of warmth on the cheeks. The lips are dramatically lined and filled with a bold fuschia shade.

Ruby's Tips: Use a selection of brushes to achieve this polished look. Use a well-sharpened lip pencil to line and fill the entire lipline and then go over with a matching lipstick. I love Illamasqua’s Lip Colouring Pencil in Indecent layered with Illamasqua Lipstick in Underworld.

Smoultry Sparkle
The overall look is warmer in tone with a bit of a bronzy cheek and “slushy” eyes. The emphasis is on the lower lash line with a bit of iridescence on the inner corners. To get glowing skin as shown here, use a powder bronzer all-over, concentrating on your forehead, cheeks and chin, making sure it’s blended evenly. Use a creamy pencil or crayon to line underneath the eyes in a bold way, and using your fingers to blend and smudge. This look isn’t about looking perfect! Use a paler shade on the inner corner of the eyes. Lips are nude with a hint of balm.

Ruby's Tips: Pick a bronzer from Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder to achieve this glow.
Clinique’s Chubby Sticks Shadowtint for Eyes are perfect for achieving this look and come in a variety of smokey, smudgey eye-flattering shades.

Bare Faced
This is a fresh face showing lots of skin, with the emphasis on the eyes. Brows are groomed but not over-exagerrated as in previous seasons. The upper lids are strongly defined with eyeliner, with pencil used in the water line. The lashes are heavily defined with mascara above and below – almost spikey. There’s a hint of balm on the lips teamed with bare cheeks.

Ruby's Tips: If you’re recreating this look, don’t over-use foundation and go for a BB or CC Cream instead. Use a good black mascara such as Benefit They’re Real, a favourite of mine.

Aquatic Feline
A sophisticated look with a winged out eye for a feline-effect , but with a pop of colour. The skin is semi-matte for a smooth, even look.  Brows are bushed upwards with the emphasis on the outer corners. The upper lids are lined with a dark navy liner and then underneath in a little “v”. Then the upper lid is shaded with a brighter blue shadow, taking it out just on the upper corners. Lips are coloured with a peachy nude with a hint of gloss on the top. Cheeks show a hint of colour.

Ruby's Tips: Whatever base you choose, use a bit of translucent powder to achieve this grown-up look.
I love Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Pencils in Black Navy and Black Plum which you can team with a co-ordinated eye colour to get a similar effect.

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