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After season after season of “no-makeup” makeup, we’re ready for a change. Luckily, the Spring 2016 runways were packed with colourful beauty ideas that we can’t help but love. With brighter days ahead, it feels only right to borrow a bit of the shows’ upbeat attitude, and the season’s new wave of high-wattage cosmetics are just the things to uplift our mood. 

Now, we’re not suggesting you take the full pantone plunge. But adding a single high-impact touch of confectionary colour into your makeup bag is enough to freshen up your spring style. Here’s three winning ways to dip into the mega-bright beauty trend that offers ample inspiration to shake up your look.


Kelly green winged liner at Monique Lhuillier, a painterly stroke of pink at Dior, and a neon peach lid at Giambattista Valli were just a few of the season’s most memorable eye makeup statements but it was a bright pop of blue that made the most graphic statement on the runway. A swipe of robin’s egg (Marc Jacobs), a smudge of cyan (Missoni), a tight cobalt line (Jonathan Saunders) and two-toned Studio 54-inspired teal lids reminiscent of butterfly wings (Diane von Furstenberg) demonstrated the range of Spring’s blue eye makeup movement. But leave it to Chanel to push the colour into conceptual territory; creating hazy pastel masks that encapsulated both the brows and bridge of the nose. Whether you choose a thin rimming or full-on effect, remember that the new blue is, above all, wearable. 

How to wear it: When wearing eye makeup this bold, skip the coloured lipstick and let your eyes be the focal point.


Classic red; vampy oxblood; shocking pink; and even gold—we saw nearly every shade swiped across lips for Spring ’16. Whether you credit the birth of this beauty trend to certain celebrities’ ever-changing lipstick wardrobe (we see you, RiRi), or the simple fact that it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her point of view (and pout), we’re glad the mouth is having its moment.

How to wear it: If you’re going to buy just one new hue, make it a classic red. From Jason Wu to Victoria Beckham, variations of vibrant cherry, scarlet, poppy and crimson blanketed the catwalks. Just be sure to use a red pencil to outline the lips for a precise, super-clean border—it will make them seem plumper to boot.


Chanel’s chromatics, Narciso Rodriguez’s dusky greys, Rebecca Minkoff’s ombre pastels, Opening Ceremony’s sunny yellow-and-white checkers and Delpozo’s brazen dashes of glitter, prove there’s no wrong way to dip your tips into colour.

How to wear it: Whatever colour you choose to lacquer, one quick way to make your nails look instantly more modern is by painting one simple contrasting stripe. As seen backstage at Marissa Webb and 3.1 Phillip Lim, a vertical line is minimal but makes a huge impact (read: it elongates the nail). Basically, you’re wearing Manolo Blahnik stilettos on your fingertips.