Top Tips for Creating This Season’s Elemental Look

There are many mini-trends going on in the beauty world right now, but if you want to follow in the footsteps of the catwalk designers, elemental inspiration is what you need. From the bronzed tones of earth and the fiery red lips of fire to the wash-and-go look of air hair and the high shine of water, this is the road to travel if you want to become a fashionable force of nature this season. To help you on your way, here are some great products and techniques that are perfect for creating those must-have looks.


Down to Earth | Go all Givenchy, Erdem and Giles by opting for the bronzed-goddess look. Create a base for your face with a covering of Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, £24.30 from Debenhams, before going for the glow with a good bronzer, such as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, £42 from John Lewis. Dust it on around your hairline and the edges of your face, but steer clear of your T-zone if you want to avoid a slightly grubby effect. Light up your eyes with a selection from the Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Eyeshadow Palette by Estee Lauder, £44 from House of Fraser. Blend upwards to create a slightly winged shape, and finish off with a smudge of glittering gold close to your tear ducts. Lashings of black Nars Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, £19 from John Lewis, and a nude lip gloss will complete the look.

Red-Hot Lips | This season, red lips are not just for night time. Go for Chanel-inspired orangey-red day lips or true scarlet a la Burberry Prorsum. A perfect shape is essential to carry off the look, so invest in a good lip liner to match your colour choice. Try teaming MAC’s Pro Longwear High Energy Lip Pencil, priced at £15 from MAC, with Poppy Pop colour from Clinique’s Pop Lip Colour range, £14.40 a pop from John Lewis. Keep the rest of your face as natural as possible with just a little foundation and a sweep of mascara to prevent those luscious lips from going into battle with the rest of your features.

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Light as Air Hair | Both Marc Jacobs and Isabel Marant were all about the natural look for SS15. If you can’t face heading out without your make-up, cheat and opt for wash-and-go hair instead. Of course, only the lucky few can actually just wash and go, so invest in a few natural-look products to give your locks a boost without making them look over-done. Try using a root volumising spray such as the £3.99 Keratin Bulking Spray by Richard Ward, available from Waitrose, to give you a bit of added lift, or shun the dryer in favour of a splodge of Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream, £13 from John Lewis, worked through to create a sexy, tousled style.

Shine Like a Catwalk Star | There was unsurprisingly no shortage of shimmer during the spring-summer catwalk shows, ranging from the oiled locks of Prabal Gurung and the lipgloss eyes of Thakoon to Marni’s just-showered complexions and House of Holland’s silver eyes. Get the look by starting with a glossy foundation such as Parure Gold Fluid from Guerlain, available for £47.70 from Debenhams, and then applying a cream eyeshadow over your lids, all the way up to your brows. Try the shimmering shade of Fantasme, £25 at Boots, from Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow collection. All you need then is a thin line of eyeliner, a couple of coats of mascara and a nude gloss such as Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear Lip Gloss, £14.40 from Debenhams, in a shade like Devoted and you’ll be ready to make a splash this summer.

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