While we're happy to forecast future trends (you know, in order to prepare our makeup bags), it's even more exciting when we can wear our newest discoveries right here and now. Enter summer beauty trends. The season's styles used to feel tired (think barrel curls and expected updos), but this year they're fresh, graphic, and decidedly modern. Backstage at fashion week, on the streets in our very own cities, and atop the faces of It girls of the moment, we researched and recording our absolute favorites of 2017. Then, we checked in with makeup artist and glossy-eye extraordinaire Katie Jane Hughes for her thoughts on each one.
Below, find the top four summer makeup trends this year, with products you need to re-create each one.
Desert skin is another take on "no makeup" makeup—though slightly warmer and more sun-kissed and windswept. It's clear that women, especially during the summer months, agree less is more when it comes to their makeup routines, understanding that glow and dew create a more effortless, less caked-on look. There's sculpting, highlighter, and blush, sure, but the rest is clean, radiant skin.
"I wanted a natural but slightly unpolished 'warm-glow' effect. … I used earthy and orangey colors so the girls looked like they have spent an afternoon in the sun and the wind," Peter Philips said of the look he created for the Dior cruise show. Inspired by the California desert, he used the rich colors from Dior's 5 Couleurs Palette in Inflame 767 ($62) to get that natural, sun-kissed vibe on the models' lids. He finished it off with Dior's Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation ($50) and blush in shades depending on the complexion of each model.
"Orange and warm-tone eyes are really having a moment," makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes says. We're feeling it as these super-saturated shades allow for a graphic, but still minimalistic, makeup look when you pair it without liner or mascara. Call it coincidence, but the trend may just come down to the utter mayhem that follows each Urban Decay palette launch. This summer, it's all about the Naked Heat Palette ($54). "It's so rich and very chic," Hughes says of the product.
"There is a wave of alien-like glow on the rise—it's fun and kind of futuristic," says Hughes. And while we're not exactly on board with the unicorn obsession currently circulating the interwebs, we are here for a prismatic glow and another trend gaining traction: crystal-infused highlighters. "There are lots of over-the-top powders available, but I love the slightly blue-toned highlighter by Glossier, called Moonstone, for a more sophisticated take on the trend."
As demonstrated by Lily Collins at this year's Golden Globes, clashing colors is everything we've ever wanted in a trend… and more. The petal-pink lids are unexpected yet ethereal, and vinyl, siren-red lips are sexy, bold, and fun. Creating two separate (easy-to-master) looks and mixing them together adds a sophistication to your makeup look without having to master any difficult skills. Needless to say, we're on board 100%.
FYI: This is the summer hairstyle every celebrity is wearing (and it's so easy).