If you are already bored of cleaning your room multiple times, binge-watched the same few Netflix films, and made Dalgona coffee one too many times, you might want to switch up your daily routine by honing your makeup skills at home. All that practice will come in handy as you tackle the highly editorial Spring/Summer 2020 runway beauty trends which go big on experimentation and outlandishness – think coloured brows and facial embellishments – and something that might be out of most people’s comfort zones. Here, we provide you with the cheat sheet to acing these looks so you will be well-equipped with the makeup skills and tools once the circuit-breaker lifts.
1. Euphoria Eyes
Taking cues from the 2019 teen HBO film Euphoria, the eye makeup spotted on the runways were made for the Zoomer generation. Think eyeshadows in My Little Pony colours and applied in intricate shapes and patterns; blinding neon hues; and a pageant-worthy dusting of (loads of) glitter. To recreate a modern rainbow-inspired eye makeup, pair daring eyeshadow shades with coloured mascaras (and eyeliners). Lips are best given a smidgen of balm or gloss and kept in a neutral shade.
2. Monet Eyes
Meet the artsiest makeup trend of the season. The sharp and forceful strokes of the different makeup colours that adorned the lids and brow bones of models at Salvatore Ferragamo reminded us of the spontaneous brush strokes of Claude Monet’s oil paintings. At Oscar de la Renta, this painterly aesthetic continued – this time, eyeshadows replaced eyeliners to gently while dramatically extend out over the lids. Some pointers to note while mastering this technique: go for a raw – rather than a polished finish – with your colours and remember to use a flat brush to attain that paintbrush effect.
3. The Opera Show
Think of this showstopper as a cross between traditional Chinese opera makeup and the ’80s contouring technique called draping. The latter was originated by makeup maestro Way Brandy and featured applying blusher – or any shade of pink, really – onto the cheeks, temples and lids. The effect is dreamy and romantic as seen at brands like Paula Knorr and Pyer Moss, where the eyeshadow shades were extended to the cheeks, blending in with the blush. A beauty pointer: For a more contoured effect, apply a darker shade of blusher to the hollows of your cheeks.
This is perhaps the easiest way to rev up a simple makeup look. The idea is to only adorn certain parts of your face with crystals, jewels and gems, while keeping the rest of your skin clean and natural-looking as possible. While the eyes are the easiest place to start (see Anna Sui), why not be adventurous and play up the different part of your face the way Dries Van Noten did it? The label pasted silver dots on the sides and under the lips, as well as under the eyes for some of the models during the Spring/Summer 2020 show – apparently inspired by the facial piercings that one of its models had on when she came for a fitting.
5. The ‘Illustrated’ Eyes
These eyeliner drawings in unexpected designs, strokes and shapes certainly reminded us of illustrations when we first spotted them on the runways. The cloud liner drawing at Cynthia Rowley would not look out of place at a raver gig/music festival while the exaggerated drawing of eyelashes at Simone Rocha gave the models a femme fatale effect seen in retro ’60s comic books.
6. Coloured Brows
Not to be confused with tattooed eyebrows, this trend will appeal to those into alt beauty looks. It is easily achieved by simply using a brow gel in a light brown shade or a lash primer before applying a coloured mascara over it. For more intensity, use daring eyeshadow shades on top of the brow gel for vivid colour payoff. The best part about all of this? You don’t have to ever bleach your brows.
7. Twiggy Lashes
There are two simple ways to recreate this exaggerated spider-like lashes made famous by the British model in the ’60s. First, draw on your lashes using a smudge-proof eyeliner (you really don’t want it to smudge all over). Second, stick on the eyelash extensions to achieve that dramatic effect.