Spring 2012 Beauty Trends – Alberta Ferreti, Charlie Le Mindu and More..

by Katherine Gould

Backstage at Charlie Le Mindu

As Paris sweeps away the remnants of another successful Fashion Week, we take a look back at some key trends from the last month. We have seen extreme to classic, opulent to understated, each city delivering some of it’s own particular flavor to the international fashion scene.

We also have recommendations of some our tried and tested ‘classic’ products through to some new innovations as well as a few application tips to help you achieve your perfect Spring & Summer look for 2012.

Shaking off the grey winter and getting ready to bare all, it is no surprise that Spring & Summer Trends have a major focus on skin. Textures varied from luminous to wet and disheveled, glosses and creams were commonly used to emphasize the high points of the face.

Moschino by makeup artist Tom Pecheux

At Moschino, Make-Up Artist Tom Pecheux prepped models’ faces with oil before applying foundation and at Max Mara lip balm was added to lids, cheekbones and nose for an ‘ultra fresh’ glow.

Peach shades were commonly used to give the skin subtle, fresh color without looking overly made up. Textures were usually cream or liquid occasionally using finely milled powders.

Products and Tips (Eyes, Metallic)

CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation – Buff this luxurious foundation into well moisturized and primed skin to achieve a polished, flawless look.

Armani Sheer Fluid – Shimmering Beige – Mix with or apply under foundation to achieve fresh, dewy skin.

MAC, Gloss Texture – Apply a small amount to the cheekbones and if you’re feeling adventurous a little to the eyelid – remember to use waterproof mascara.

Alberta Ferreti by makeup artist Diane Kendal

Nars Blush, Orgasm – Dust this ‘cult classic’ lightly on the cheeks with a soft rounded brush and buff for a smooth, radiant glow.

Greasy greys, burnished bronzes and gilded golds were seen aplenty.

Even subtle pigments were amplified by layering with gloss.

Looks ranged from pretty, soft and glowing faces using rose gold, mink, gentle coral, peach and bronze through to a heavily blackened eyes with shades of charcoal, pewter, and blackest-black.

In London, for House of Holland, Lucia Pica used MAC Metal X eye shadows blended over the eyes and swept on the cheeks for a subtle ombre effect.

Andrew Gallimore created a metallic smoky eye with a touch of gold for HOLLY FULTON using cream products and blending outwards to soften.

Products and Tips (Eye Brows)

Charlie Le Mindu

Mac Metal X Eye Shadow, Gold Spice – Prep Eyelids with a Primer before applying cream eye shadow to prevent creasing.

Nars Glitter Pencil, Mudd Club – Layer with eye shadows for an opaque, smudge-resistant look.

OPI Nail Polish, Pros & Bronze – Use a Base Coat to prevent staining and a quick-dry Top Coat. Wipe the neck of each bottle before closing and storing.

Brows were featured again this season; even bleached brows were conspicuous in their absence.

At L.A.M.B, artist Charlotte Willer created a straight heavy brow using a soft black pencil.

Diane Kendal achieved the perfect balance of defined brows whilst still maintaining softness for Alberta Feretti in Milan.

L.A.M.B by makeup artist Charlotte Willer

One of the most stunning looks was a Kahlo-esq brow at Charlie Le mindu; joined at the middle with linear brush strokes (perhaps not suitable for everyday wear) but paired with a dramatic eye and lip, gave the models a smoldering intensity.

Tweezerman Tweezers – Have a professional advise what shape is right for your brows and shape accordingly. Use tweezers to maintain shape. Owning a quality pair of tweezers will save you time and pain!

Laura mercier – Brow Gel – Use alone for a natural, groomed day look or with brow pencil for a strong defined brow.

Bobbi Brown Brown Pencil – Mohogany – Use soft, feathered strokes in order to emulate the shape and direction of the brow. Build the color and shape according to preference.