With summer around the corner, now is the perfect time to update your beauty routine. After all, it's the season of weddings, vacays, hot dates, and happy hours galore—why sport the same expected look? To help you turn up the heat over the next few months, we picked our favorite runway-inspired makeup trends for summer—and broke down each one so you know exactly how to try it for yourself.
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Orange may be the new black, but it's also the new red when it comes to your lips. At the S/S '14 runway presentations, matte neon orange lips were as ubiquitous as gorgeous models. Which is to say: everywhere. From Rag & Bone and Prabal Gurung, to DKNY and Creatures Of The Wind, the electric tangerine pout reigned supreme. Gucci Westman used Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick ($8) in Carnival Spirit on the models at Rag & Bone, inspired by the World Cup this summer in Brazil.
To get the look, make sure you're working with a super-hydrated base (exfoliate and moisturize with a balm beforehand). Start by outlining lips with a liner that matches your lipstick, then apply the color with an angled lip brush to ensure precision. We like Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lip Color ($6) in Electric Orange, the shade used backstage at DKNY. Keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum with a hint of pink blush and a defined brow.
Another color having a major moment of late is lavender, along with a host of related gradations like lilac, violet, and orchid (the Pantone pick of the year). Take inspiration from Scottish designer Holly Fulton’s summer show, where pastel lavender eye shadow made for a decidedly '70's feel without feeling dated.
To recreate the pretty-in-purple look, swipe a lavender shadow, like Mac Eye Shadow ($15) in Beautiful Iris, from your eyelid to your brow bone—but leave a sliver of space above your lash line before beginning the color. Make sure to prime your eyelids first (we love Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion ($20), since a lighter pigment is more prone to fading. Pair with a subtle peachy-nude lip to let those eyes do the talking.
Taking pigment out of the equation all together, one of our ultimate must-copy looks this season is the "I woke up like this" (cue hair flip)—made viral thanks to Queen Bey, but also one of the chicest summer runway trends debuted at Balmain, Emilio Pucci, and Narciso Rodriguez.
The ideal base for the look is clear, healthy-looking skin, which is why primer and concealer are your best friend. Opt for a skin-perfecting primer like Too Faced's Primed and Perfect ($30) to even out skin tone and minimize pores, then conceal blemishes and redness with a creamy concealer, apply a glow-inducing foundation (we love Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation ($62), and lightly fill in your brows. Finish off the look with a pinky-beige lipstick and light brown mascara. Lastly, own it. Because you can't really seem like you woke up like that without the confidence to match.
There is such a thing as baked-and-bronzed done right, and if there's a season to do it, it's summer. To replicate the glowing look shown to perfection at Donna Karan and Michael Kors, start with using a mineral foundation all over your face to even your skin. Brush a matte bronze powder, like Michael Kors Sporty Bronze Powder ($50) in Glow, over your cheeks, temples, and forehead, then layer a peachy-apricot blush along your cheekbones to enhance warmth.
At Rodarte, Stella McCartney, Derek Lam, and Zadig & Voltaire, black eyeliner was re-imagined in ways that would make a cubist proud. At once futuristic and mod, geometric and alternative, the trend is proof that you can turn your eyelids into a covetable work of art—without looking clownish.
Our favorite iteration was the deconstructed cat eye at Zadig & Voltaire, which is most easily recreated with a gel liner that’s specially formulated for graphic eyeliner art, like Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($24) in Black Ink.