S/S 12 Beauty Trends by Elizabeth Arden
Put on a show-stopping outfit, grab your lippy and be seen in your highest heels, that’s right girls London Fashion Weekend has started.
We’ve linked up with Elizabeth Arden, Official Beauty Sponsors of London Fashion Weekend to bring you the latest trends for Spring/Summer 2012.
Elizabeth Arden has launched their new make up collection ‘Rose Aurora’ which is available exclusively to Debenhams stores and online. The collection is based around two key trends for the season ‘Flower Inspired Lips’ and ‘Golden Illumination.
Watch the video (above) to see how Celebrity Make up Artist, Rachel Singer-Clark creates the key trends using products from the new collection.
Plus, we caught up with Rachel to bring you an exclusive backstage interview.
Sarah Sian: When you create a fresh-faced look, what are your golden beauty rules?
Rachel Singer-Clark: To start with a good hydrated base, apply moisturizer and make sure skin is supple. This allows you to be light handed in application and over cover where necessary.
SS: How do you achieve a perfectly healthy glow?
RSC: Prep skin , then curl lashes, then apply a thin base to skin, and cover any dark circles or blemishes where necessary with a small brush tip. Don’t be heavy handed, to create this look remember, less is more.
SS: What are your tips on choosing the right foundation as you go from winter into spring?
RSC: Depends on your skin type and the climate you live in most importantly. You also need to remember that as-well as changing the base from season to season, you will need to adjust your skin care routine too, as what you skin needs is different from season to season:
For instance, in the winter, you need generally a slightly richer cream to give the best barrier and soothe the skin in the harsher weather, I try to also mix a foundation with a little extra moisturiser to thin texture slightly and apply from nose outwards.
In summer, you MUST make sure your skin-care has a good high SPF factor and you can generally try to have a lighter base so skin can breathe in warmer heated temperatures. Try either a tinted moisturiser or even a light mineral foundation dusting to even skin-tone and matify t-zone for a minimal glossy skin look.
SS: What are your top tips for foundation application?
RSC: I like to use a foundation brush to apply a slightly more precise better coverage. If applying with fingertips make sure you warm the product between finge tips and press into skin, starting near the nose area and working outwards. You will always need to set the base with a slight powder, I LOVE mineral powders as they don’t dry out the skin and give it a glowing radiance.
SS: The pretty flower pastel trend is huge this season. Can you run through how this translates into beauty?
RSC: This spring/summer the pretty flower trend is very beautiful and extremely lady like and compliments the season clothing trends so well. The clothes are bright and airy and uses of texture and sheerness allow the make up to be playful yet still minimal with pops of colour on the cheek, eye or lip.
SS: If your skin is darker can you still do this trend or is it for paler skin/fair hair.
RSC: All make up trends on the catwalk can be translated to any skin-tone. For instance a rose stained pinky lip that may have been used at a show, would look great on the majority of skin-tones. Make sure you brush foundation over lips so they have a slight muted colour which allows the colour to stand out slightly more.
SS: With this trend what should you focus on the most – eyes, lips, cheeks?
RSC: I would suggest focusing on one area at a time whilst making the most of all your features. For instance, you can add a wash of pink to eye lids, slightly enhance cheek bones and brush through brows for a finished look.
SS: How can you translate the trend into a night time look?
RSC: I would suggest applying slightly more colour and make sure you cover complexion with a mineral powder. As temperatures get warm the skin becomes more dewy and this look really looks good when you have control over dewy shine.
SS: Can you run us through a quick day to night look?
RSC: A universal take on the pastel trend would be:
Apply 8 hour daily moisturiser to face.
Curl lashes and apply Ceramide lengthening black mascara.
Clean up any mess.
Apply Ceramide Plump Perfect Cheek Colour in Honey to socket line for a slight enhanced natural shadow and depth to eye.
Apply tinted moisturiser to skin .
Cover any blemishes and under eye fatigue with a concealer.
Apply the same honey colour blush used on socket line onto apply of cheek and dab out towards hair line lifting face.
Powder T-zone lightly with mineral powder.
Press into lip the new Rose Aurora lip colour
To enhance for night time :
Apply the Colour Intrigue eyeshadows duo in pink clove to eye lid, using the paler pink colour of the two onto eyelid and then apply darker onto socket line.
On lash line top and bottom use the smokey eye pencil and smudge in to give slight definition to lashes.
Apply another coat of mascara if need be to accentuate lashes.
Sculpt cheek with the bronze mineral powder placing large blush brush under cheek bone and brush towards ear and hair line.
Press slightly more of the Rose Aurora lip colour for a heavier application.
Quick 30 seconds Q&A
SS: In your cosmetics bag you can’t live without…?
RSC: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant.
SS: This season is all about…?
RSC: Fun, feminine and light application with an end look that looks effortless whilst being quick and easy to do.
SS: What is your ultimate skin-saving solution?
RSC: Make sure you cleanse skin properly every night an take off all make up and residue and apply a good moisturiser to skin every morning.