Six formidable makeup houses – Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, and YSL Beauty – reflect a strong comeback of youthful radiance and illumination in their Spring-Summer 2020 collections.
It’s every complexion’s favourite beauty season, undertones notwithstanding. It’s every woman’s colour-season-wish-come-true, no matter her style preference, because radiance and illumination are timeless and always in style, bringing bright hope to dull complexions and faces that are longing for that special brand of ruddiness and vibrancy. This season’s curated colours from Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani Prive, Shiseido and YSL Beauty are proof that beauty truly heals.
Chanel Le Blanc La Fleur et L’Eau Makeup Collection + Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops
The look is sweet in an ethereal, otherworldly way, with a touch of pop-star cool.
Pink never looked as pure and poetic, nor as fresh and healthy. Chanel’s interpretation of Spring 2020 and being in the pink looks like light encapsulated in palettes and vials, and when worn, looks like petals on lips, raindrops on eyelids, delicate and transparent like the wings of fairies.
COMPLEXION Apply Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops, a custom-made radiance highlighter in a light and comfortable texture for any part of the face, to protect, hydrate and create a dewy canvas.
FACE Joue Contraste: Rose Petillant, a bright pinky blush and Gloss Lumiere: Miroir d’Eau, an aqua gloss with flecks of pink raises the rosiness bar.
EYES For sweet yet sexy peepers, Les 4 Ombres: Au Fil des Fleurs in pearly pink, highlighter purple, pink shimmer, sweet satiny rosewood with aubergine accents of mauve; Au Fil des L’Eau in highlighter pink and gold, peach with subtle pink flecks, a sweet pearly grey with a note of blue and a slightly satiny grey.
LIPS Options galore. There’s Camelia D’Eau, a carry-around lip palette for the busy woman to supplement her lipstick carries 4 long-lasting shades: Exaltee (bright pink raspberry), new Prodigious (iridescent rosewood), Palpitante (pink-red) and Fougueuse (pink with subtle flecks of fuchsia); Rouge Allure Ink Fusion: Fleur de Lotus, a sweet coral red, and Pivoine, a pink with slight undertones of fuchsia and Rouge Coco Flash: Eau de Rose, a sparkling sweet rosewood, and Ondee, a bright coral red.
NAILS Le Vernis: Fleur de Peche, a peachy shade with flecks of gold, and Petale, a shell pink with a note of mauve are perfect for super-short fashion nails.
New Wave Energy
Dior Glow Vibes Spring Collection 2020
It’s the rainbow iridescence of an updated version of ’80s glamour. Energetic, high-frequency illumination, a new sparkle and shine that’s more than blush can give. Peter Philips, Dior’s Creative and Image Director was inspired by the vibes of music and pop culture, when he imagined this colour palette for Spring 2020 – of glow-enhancing formulas and electronic wave-line graphic-patterned textures that create positive vibes for the season.
FACE Diorskin Nude Luminizer Glow Vibes in Rosy Vibes (cool pastel pink) and Coral Vibes (warm, glowing coral).
EYES 5 Coleurs Glow Vibes in Pink Vibration (bold yellow, pastel orange and shocking purples) and Blue Beat (aquatic tones, sea greens with pink and iridescent whites).
LIPS For natural enhancement, apply Dior Lip Glow in Pink, Pearl and Ultra Coral on nude lips, and for touch-ups-on-the-go, the travel-friendly Dior Backstage Rosy Glow in Pink, Pearl and Coral.
For colour-intense lips, apply the shimmery, sexy, pop shades of Rouge Dior in Peach Pout, Rosewood Vibe, Coral Cool and Purple Purse.
NAILS To start a new beat, Peter Philips breaks away from the leading shades of the collection for Dior Vernis Glow Vibes, nail lacquers that are oh-so-fun in Smooth (an electric purple), Vibes (a cool emerald) and Perfect Peach (a swinging peach shade that hits all the right notes).
Top these with a coat of pearly pink Rose Pulse and you’ve got an instant visual party on your hands.
Giorgio Armani Prive SS2020: Journey into the World of Ikat
International makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty, Linda Cantello re-imagines the artistry of the East with a modern, wearable, neutral palette that stands out with a pop of neon pink; what she describes as a “3-dimensional enhanced nude” – like nature, but heightened.
FACE Prepare and massage skin with Armani Prima Glow-on Moisturising Balm, ensuring the cream is absorbed before adding the base.
Use High Retouch, where needed to create a natural seamless complexion.
Then using Neo Nude A-Contour in shade #21, contour under the cheekbones to sculpt and define the face.
EYES Apply Eye Tint in #23, “Camel Smoke” on the eyelids and create a light wash of natural color.
Curl eyelashes and apply Eyes to Kill Classico mascara in #1 (black) on top lashes only, emphasizing on the outer corner.
LIPS Apply Lip Maestro in #513, “Rose” on the lips and finish by dabbing some Lip Magnet in #515, “Pink” on the center of the lips to create a 3-dimensional effect.
FINISH Powder at the end with Neo Nude Fusion Powder in appropriate light shade.
Estée Lauder Spring/Summer 2020
The season is efficiently focused on brows, lips and a healthy, youthful complexion, with a new brow enhancer, a rich-pigment lip formula that plumps up and treats the lips, as well as a cushion that maintains the freshness and glow of just-cleansed skin.
Get the look:
FACE Achieve a polished, radiant complexion with the easy-to-use, portable Estee Lauder Double Wear Soft Matte Glow Cushion that controls oil, while at the same time, adds a healthy glow to the face.
BROWS Naturally define your brows with Estee Lauder Featherlight Brow Enhancer that makes every user an expert for its weightless, buildable sheer ink that offers feathery strokes so delicate and ultra-fine, you can paint them on between brow hairs.
They are also smudge- and transfer-proof, sweat-, humidity- and water-resistant.
LIPS Lash on lip colours with Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in 44 new and vivid shades that flatter all skin tones and intensities, for any look and style. It comes in 4 finishes of crème, matte, crystal and hi-lustre, across 5 colour families of nudes, reds, burgundies, pinks and corals.
The pigments are intense and multi-faceted to create shape and volume for sexy lips. The feel is also amazing – lightweight yet nourishing, hydrating, luxurious, comfortable and treatment-based, with a Time-Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex with Hyaluronic Acid that boosts lips’ ability to attract, capture and seal in hydration.
In Sync. All Ways.
Shiseido Makeup Spring 2020 Collection
The complexion, as the canvas for any makeup, must always be in synch with all other makeup products. Shiseido’s pretty looks for Spring get their magic from carefully created complexion and lip products: Synchro Skin Spring 2020 Collection of primer, cushion and powder foundation, as well as shimmer gel, lip liner and matte lip colour. Says James Boehmer, Global Artistic Director for Shiseido Makeup, “These formulas were specifically designed to stand up against heat and humidity, while creating a natural finish that looks and feels like bare skins.” That, and vibrant colours on the lips.
Get the look:
FACE Apply Synchro Skin Tone Up Primer Compact, a brightener and radiance booster with hyaluronic acid, antioxidant wild thyme extract and correcting powder that diffuses light. With SPF 24 PA++.
Pat on Synchro Glow Cushion Compact Glow-Enhancing Formula with SPF 23 and antioxidant wild thyme extract.
Or if you prefer something more buildable and blendable, though equally breathable, put on Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation, a breakthrough formula that can be used wet or dry. In 9 shades.
LIPS Line and define with LipLiner InkDuo Prime + Line. 12 shades to go with every Shiseido lippie.
Pucker up for ModernMatte Powder Lipstick, a creamy opaque formula that’s Kabuki-matte yet offers great application control. 7 vibrant shades inspired by Japan’s nightlife.
Gloss on a youthful shine with New Shimmer Gel Gloss, a non-sticky, pearlised finish formula that won’t feather or bleed. 10 shades.
YSL Beauty S/S2020
Tom Pecheux, Global Beauty Director for YSL Beauty, captures the inimitable je ne sais quoi of the women of Paris – timelessly chic femininity, with an indescribable enigmatic attitude. He uses a less-is-more collection to achieve the runway-to-real-day looks. Well-made formulations also mean you don’t require extraordinary makeup skills to achieve them.
FACE All Hours Concealer and a light dusting of All Hours Setting Powder to set the base.
LIPS Tap on the lightweight, buildable Rouge Pur Couture Skin Sheer Matte Shade 106 for French kiss perfection.
All images courtesy of respective brands featured.