In part 1 of the Spring Trend Products posts, we showed you how to achieve two of the most wearable trends on the catwalk, using products we stock. We featured red lips and the colour purple. For this second and final part we will be sharing with you some of our products that we feel are perfect for two more trends, Black Eyeliner and Bronzer.
Although black eyeliner never really dates, it’s on the catwalks that we see how it’s going to be worn in coming seasons. While black eyeliner featured heavily on the catwalks for this Spring/Summer, the classic cat eye flick was nowhere to be seen. Instead, in several high profile shows, models wore their eyeliner on top and bottom lashes, but from the middle of the lash line only, extending out past the end of the eye, only slightly. It’s a modern twist but not too avant garde for those of us who are not models to wear. To achieve such a look, a precision liner is essential, in particular liquid liner or even a gel product with a precise brush. In terms of liquid liners, we would recommend the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eye Liner (£17), its smudge proof, waterproof and long lasting and delivers a sharp precise line. When it comes to gel liners, these usually come in small pots or jars, requiring a precision eyeliner brush with which to paint on your lines. The Sigma Gel Eyeliner in wicked (£10.95) promises intense pigmentation and a fluid-like finish, while the Viseart Longwear Black Eye Liner Gel (£15.95) promises water and smudge resistance as well as long lasting hold.
Models were either bronzed to perfection on the catwalks, or pale and interesting. When it comes to bronzer, it can be easy to get wrong, wearing the wrong shade for your skin or applying too much can be a no no, as well as wearing shimmer finishes in the day time. As a general rule, wear your shimmery bronzers in the evenings, and keep matte finishes for the day. Starting with day (matte) bronzers, we offer the Daniel Sandler Instant Tan (£22.50). It’s water resistant and won’t turn you orange, and is suitable for all skin tones. We also offer the Neve Cosmetics Kalahari Bronzer Powder (£9.95), a loose powder that gives a smooth finish, just dust on lightly where ever you normally catch the sun. For an evening mascara, then don’t be afraid to opt for products with a touch of shimmer. Milani’s Baked Bronzers (£7) come in three shades, Golden, Soleil and Glow. Each shade marbles several shades together for a luminous finish. Also worth a look at are the Everyday Minerals Face Bronzers (£9.95). Available in five shades these offer a range of finishes for a range of different skin tones. From dark through to light, from matte through to positively glowing, for an evening shade we’d recommend the shade Soft Bronzer, described as a lovely translucent bronzer which gives a dewy glow.