Behind The Blue Door

Afternoon Tea | January 15, 2016 |

Fresh faced:

The best summer make up for 2016



If you like your palette earthy and feminine, the New York SS16 runways led the way with a treat for you.

As well as barely-there looks cropping up here and there, the buzz backstage also focuses on bold swipes of colour, interchangeable between lips and lids – and cool, modern touches mixed with classic staples.

Here are our favourite makeup moments from the catwalk, plus the products you need to recreate them.

Tropical dew

The ‘hothouse flower effect’ is probably our favourite label for a complexion. And it’s one that we’re eager to achieve, after seeing the artfully-glossed catwalk faces at the spring/summer 2016 opening ceremony.

With dextrous dabs of Vaseline on Cupid’s bows, cheekbones and eyelids – the models appear to have just stepped out from a tropical greenhouse. Perfect for this season’s grown up floral fashion.

Get the look

We asked model Zara Ann Ridley, who works as a colour stylist for Dior in Newcastle upon Tyne, how to achieve this tricky lit-from-within glow.


Image source: Instagram/ Zara Ann Ridley

“The first trick is to use a primer,” she says, “Dior Glow Maximizer (£28.50) instantly gives a bright complexion and amplifies the skin’s natural light. Next, ramp up the glow using Diorskin Star (£32.50).


Image source: Dior


“With dewy, glowing looks, the biggest concern is keeping it on our faces all day – and it not sliding off by lunch. Our SS16 collection has the most beautiful powder highlighters to set the look. The pigments in Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens are perfect for bathing the face in light.”



It’s official – blue is having a major moment. SS16 shows saw Marc Jacobs sending models down the catwalk with bluebird-dabbed lids, Missoni rocked thick cyan smudges and Jonathan Saunders went for a muted ultramarine liner.

And of course, we can always rely on Lagerfeld to push a beauty trend to its conceptual peak: Chanel’s Adam-Ant-esque pastel masks did just that.

Get the look

How to wear a brash non-neutral? Any way you want. Try injecting a little blue into your everyday look with vibrant flicks in glorious sapphire – a creative take on the standard cats eyes. Or, go smokey with a rich teal blue: Illamasqua’s powder eyeshadow in Intense (£16.50) should do the trick.


Image source: Illamasqua


“Perfect, perfect” red lips

Red lips are nothing new, but this season’s catwalks delivers a staunch presence of the classic. Makeup artists were united on the shade front, with the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Nina Ricci and DKNY finishing faces with a Snow White apple red.

Get the look

From stay-on-all-night matte to patent lacquer, the textural choice is yours. We love Love Bite (£23): a plump, full-bodied red from Charlotte Tilbury. A true red carpet red, it’s also enriched with a secret anti-oxidant to keep lips hydrated.

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Image source: Charlotte Tilbury


Desert beauty

Pots of blush were discarded for smatterings of bronzer this season, with Kors models layering up bronze for a natural, barely-there glow.

Tanned touches didn’t end there, with Gigi Hadid looking like she’d just stepped off a Californian beach onto the runway for Tommy Hilfiger’s unveil.

Get the look

Build up a natural sun-kissed glow with Les Sahariennes by YSL Beauté; a smooth, imperfection-masking bronzer in seven colour-matching shades. A touch of iridescent gold is also ideal for warming up fairer faces.

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Image source: YSL Beauty


Dolly eyes

Mascara has been in sparse supply backstage for the last couple of seasons – great news if you want to shrink your morning beauty routine. But if you’re a fan of lashing out, there’s plenty of large and luminous looks heading down the runway.

Get the look

For an everyday look, load up your lashes with a clumpy mascara à la Twiggy. If you love a heavy lash moment, add these sultry Smoky Layer Lashes by Shu Uemura (£18.50).


Image source: Harrods


Sunset shadows

Makeup artists bucked the conventional pinky lips and cheeks in favour of heavy sunset shades on the lids. Think peach teas, warm corals and flattering apricots – allowing you to put the focus on your lip colour.  

Rodarte’s soft orange shadows lend an earthy aesthetic while Jill Stuart added an element of surprise with vibrant pink blending.


Get the look

Add a youthful contrast to the regular smokey eye trend with a sunset-inspired palette. You can do no wrong with bareMinerals’ shimmer eyeshadow (£15) featuring a range of peaches, roses and taupes. We love ‘In The Buff’, which looks like rays of dazzling sunshine hitting a pristine golden beach.


Image source: bareMinerals


Shop the Story

Channel this season’s palette with the honeys, soft pinks and powder blues of Wedgwood’s Cuckoo Collection.

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