Skin, this SS17, is all about looking glowy and fresh-faced. Your base should allow your natural skin to peek through, have a dewy finish and have plenty of highlighting action going on. In the SS17 catwalk shows, this was definitely the order of the day. From Peter Pilotto and David Koma, to the quirkiness of Mary Katrantzou and Anya Hindmarch, models sashayed down the runway with lust-worthy radiance and shine.
MUA Lynsey Alexander at Mary Katrantzou showed her love for strobing by using liquid illuminators to sculpt the face with light and make the complexion look younger. Over at David Koma, makeup artist Andrew Gallimore wanted the models to look healthy, radiant and athletic. He used a combination of radiance-boosting and brightening makeup and skincare, including a brightening serum, tinted moisturiser, radiance primer and a light-reflecting setting powder.
Makeup artist supremo Val Garland worked her magic at both the Peter Pilotto and Anya Hindmarch shows. At Anya Hindmarch, the look was more about shine than natural radiance. Val used all the slick products in her arsenal to create a slightly wet look. She highlighted the skin with beeswax-based Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Cream, lip gloss and Dr Paw Paw-esque balms. At Peter Pilotto, she wanted the models to look as natural as possible. Skin was heavily moisturised, she popped some gloss on their eyes and brows were softly tamed with an oil.
There’s no doubt that having a clear and wrinkle-free complexion is key to this trend, before you even get started with makeup. However, with this and the right products in your beauty bag, it is an easy look to recreate – whether you want a natural, lit-from within glow or some other-worldly, amped-up shine. Follow my step-by-step guide to create a look that will work for you in real life.
1. Prepping the skin comprehensively is essential. You want to put as much moisture into the skin as possible and lock it in there, to plump up the skin and make your complexion look healthy and well-rested. Use a rich cream cleanser, a hydrating serum, then finished with Charlotte Tilbury’s luxurious Magic Cream (£70) as your moisturiser and the brightening Antonia Burrell Bright & Light Eye Cream (£39).
2. Before applying your foundation, press a liquid illuminator, such as the Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow (£16), onto all the high points of your face with a damp beauty blender sponge. Follow this with a medium coverage, dewy foundation – the Autograph by M&S Illuminating Touch Radiance Foundation (£12.50) is great value – and apply this with the same sponge for a natural finish. Don’t be afraid to go in with a heavier liquid concealer in the areas where you need it – especially if you have dark circles.
3. Now it’s time to highlight. Forget about contouring for this look. Dab some of your liquid illuminator down your nose, along your cheekbones, across your brow bones and in your inner eye corners; then set all this with some powder highlighter for added drama - the Sara Hill Pink Opal Metallic Pigment (£16) is to die for. Add a pop of natural blusher to your cheeks for a little bit of warmth.
4. Finally, apply a thick coat of a sheer high-shine lip gloss (so your own natural lips still show through), a slick of mascara, and tame your brows with some Dr Paw Paw Original Balm (£6.95) on a spoolie.
Invest some time now in looking after your skin, and a little bit of money in getting the right products, and this look will keep you looking right up-to-date and relevant all through the summer months too.
Main Image - Mary Katrantzou SS17