With Britain battered by storms and America barely out of its polar vortex, the last thing you’re thinking about is the fact that, technically, spring should have sprung into your wardrobe circa four weeks ago. Diaphanous chiffon and florals may be seasonally stylish but climatically unsuitable, so you can give a hint of spring to your step with an overhaul of your beauty bag.
Two beauty looks dominated the runways for spring/summer. The first was the pretty girl: apple cheeks, pink pout and a smudge of ice-cream pastel across the eye. Your basic Disney princess look, seen at Burberry Prorsum and Dolce & Gabbana. The second entails a glowing complexion and little else. The natural look. Albeit after several hours in several make-up artists’ skilled hands.
The Dior spring beauty collection perfectly encapsulates the first trend; entitled Trianon, it’s inspired by the porcelain perfection of Marie Antoinette. The centrepiece of the collection is a palette shaped like a bow, a tribute to the famous Fontanges ribbon-knotted hairstyles of the French court. Sherbety pinks, pistachio and baby blue are the sugary-sweet colour theme.
Guerlain’s offering for the season is equally pretty. Its signature powder, Météorites Perles, is reinvented in a multicoloured hue. Macaroon shades translate equally well to the nails as an easy way to add a dash of colour. Essie’s latest collection includes apricot and a fragile blue.
Minimalists can keep clear of princess-pretty, and instead aspire to the “no make-up” glow. Eschewing his trademark brights, Tom Ford’s spring is all natural: a collection of sheer lip colours and nail polishes. Healthy-looking skin is key, so a flush of bronzer such as Elizabeth Arden’s Limited Edition version gives a sunkissed glow.