How to Wear This Season’s Brightest Shades

Update your beauty regime with spring's new colour palette


Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
February 14th, 2017

Winter is traditionally the time when we go for deeper, richer shades. And while it might still feel like the middle of December, it’s officially spring in the world of fashion.

This season, acid bright shades are back with a bang. From vivid lip colours at Mary Katrantzou and 80’s style blush at Kenzo to more artistic looks at Max Mara and Proenza Schouler; the runways have been awash with colour for SS17.

It can be tough to know where to start when it comes to wearing bright shades. But for those who want to add a splash of colour to their make-up bag, here are a few top tips.


Mary Katrantzou SS17

The easiest way to brighten up your look and stay on trend this season is by updating your lipstick wardrobe. For the brave, a matte liquid lipstick in orange, fuschia or pillarbox red will create serious impact. For long wear and maximum pigment try Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘Beso’ or Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in ‘Magenta’.

If you’re looking to create more of a meow, rather than a roar (especially during the day!) then choosing a bright shade in a sheer formula is the way forward. With an orange/red shade like ‘Barcelona’ from the LOV Cosmetics LOVful Lip Stylo collection, it’s easy to embrace colour without having to commit to it completely.


Chanel SS17
Kenzo SS17

For a healthy complexion, nothing beats a little bit of blusher. So why not take a leaf out of this season’s looks by changing up the colour of your cheek products? Wearing the shade slightly higher on the cheekbone can help to give a more “lifted” appearance to the face and brighten eye colour too.

Peach and orange work really well to give skin warmth while a pop of pink from the likes of Tom Ford ‘Wicked’ Cheek Colour will perk up a porcelain complexion. Can’t decide what shades to go for? Why not try them all with the new NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette?


Christian Siriano SS17
Nina Ricci SS17

Wearing colour doesn’t have to mean making a bold statement (unless you want it to). Sometimes subtlety works just as well, which is where a coloured mascara can come into play. YSL Luxurious Mascara in Extreme Blue is a fun way to add a little dash of colour to your look without screaming it from the rooftops. Similarly, a green eyeliner like Urban Decay Razor Sharp Eyeliner in ‘Kush’ can look great when teamed with black mascara.

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