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Fresh Beauty: for Spring 2014

26 February, 2014

Written by Rebecca Barnes in Beauty & Hair

Spring Beauty Trends for 2014

Founder of our favourite beauty online: Beauty Voyage, Beauty Editor and correspondent for titles such as Tatler and The Express: Rebecca Barnes gives us the low down on the key beauty trends to get on board with this Spring. She tells us to be natural and sleek.

Smooth, sleek hair rocked many of the runways this season. Spied at TOPSHOP Unique, Preen and Erdem amongst others, the feeling backstage was that the revolt against texture was fresh and modern. To capture the essence of this look, hair needs to be poker straight and worn off the face – flat hair gives a younger feel so it’s time to resurrect those straightening irons - and finish with a low side parting.

Biker Braids

Intricate, bohemian braids were the bespoke hair look of the season. TIGI session stylists worked with waist-length coloured braids and Mohawk cornrows, twisted round the head for a modern tribal vibe. For an easy way to work this look, take your cue from Eugene Souleimanpictured above) who created the hair for the Antonio Berardi show; his interpretation combined brilliantly crafted braids with organic texture. 

Low Ponytail

It’s time to take it down, as the low ponytail is a key trend (above DKNY-left and right Moschino from SS14 shows last autumn). Less sporty, more luxe, at Les Copains (see below) low-slung ponies glistened with shine. At many of the shows, L’Oreal Professionnel’s styling ambassador, Anthony Turner, applied L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil to the hair, while at Victoria Beckham, Guido Palau focused on simplicity by blow-drying the hair away from the face using BaByliss PRO VolareV1 Hairdryer, securing the ponytail with an elastic band.

Expensive Skin

When it comes to skin, think expensive. Work on achieving a flawless base and dewy finish – textures and formulas are blended to create that lusted after, no make-up, make-up look.

At the Whistles show, models flaunted refined skin with a pop of colour on the cheeks; think 90s rave kid with a wholesome twist. Meanwhile at Sophia Webster (pictured), it was all about the young, innocent and fresh faced, thanks to Revlon make-up artist Lynsey Alexander.

Matte Mouth

Ditch the lipgloss – this season everyone’s talking about a matte finish. Revlon’s Matte ColorBurst Crayon in Striking Spectaculaire was the go-to product of choice at Antoino Berardi, although you don’t have to wear vampy, in-your-face shades to be on trend. At Tess Giberson, make-up supremo Dick Page went for understated colour, using his finger to tap on a neutral rose-beige. He then brushed on Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio in Peach to matte it down.

Pale nails

Natural and neutral as seen at Alexander Wang's SS14 at New York Fashion Week, is setting the tone for nails. At Zoe Jordan, Bourjois So Laque So Glossy in Coton Sur Ton was applied for a clean, soft finish. White is also a major trend; at Band of Outsiders, Butter LONDON global colour ambassador Katie Hughes used two coats of Cotton Buds, finishing with a matte top coat. The classic French mani has also been reinvented and spied at shows including Kenzo and Nicholas K and Sister by Sibling (pictured below), where Butter LONDON Pink Ribbon was used as a base, with Butter LONDON's Union Jack Black painted on in a small eye shape at the cuticle. The nails were worn short and rounded – the shape for this season.

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Spring Beauty Trends for 2014

Respected Fashion Editor Rebecca Barnes has written a guide to the key fashion inspired beauty, nail and hair trends that are worth trying for Spring 2014

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