MAC Cosmetics S/S16 Make-Up Trends: All Or Nothing

This week, beauty editors and journalists from the UK press gathered to discover the key make-up trends for S/S16. Presented by Terry Barber and manicurist Marian Newman, this season’s theme was called “All or Nothing”.

Make-up artists backstage at the four fashion cities created either minimalist beauty looks that appear like nothing on the face or strong, statement looks that stood out in vibrant colours.


1. All

All centres around strong colours on the eyes but done in a simplistic way such as blending eyeshadow in a halo shape, creating a single strip or eyeshadows layered with glitters. Colours are bright and span the entire rainbow of hues. This season, eyeshadows act as embellishment or jewellery to anchor the face. Lashes were a key focus on the catwalks too, with false lashes chopped and cut up and then re-applied in a “broken” disheveled manner on the eyes. To add attitude to the look, Barber suggests adding a shot of silver to a smoky eye. On the lips, the S/S16 catwalks showcased a range of red tones in both high shine and matte finishes.

2. Nothing

Skin is important in Nothing, with the focus on post gym skin rather than heavy coverage. “Think supermodel beauty but without the coverage,” explained Barber. “It’s extremely feminine.” Moving on from contouring, S/S16 is all about creating a gleam than a glow on the skin as well as adding multi-dimensional shine on the face. Skin has a raw yet refined quality with faces dipped in honey tones. Barber said skin should have a “soft, touchable quality like cashmere.” Skin enhancing colours are important with gold, rose gold and peach key to achieve this look.

 3. The Crossover

On nails, Newman talked about how the ‘All’ and ‘Nothing’ trends are crossed over together. For instance, a simple colour (nothing) is layered with glitter, stones or pierced to create a bolder look (all). Colour and finish on the nails is becoming more considered especially in the Nothing trend. Newman suggests matching nail colours to the eyes or apply 3 or 4 coats of glossy lacquer to create a perspex or underwater effect.

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