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Fashion Week trends point to a bright future for beauty

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A 'punch' of colour just on eyes or lips will be key for spring/summer, according to our London Fashion Week beauty experts at Paul Costelloe  

22 SEPTEMBER 2009

We may be heading into autumn, but fashionistas are keeping their eyes firmly on the future with London Fashion Week and its predictions of ‘splashes’ of colour in cosmetics for spring/summer next year.

Make-up artist Attracta Courtney worked the Paul Costelloe show and said she used Clinique products to bring a touch of St Tropez to the catwalk, with a ‘punch’ of colour on lips using a coral coloured lipstick with a slick of matching gloss on top -Clinique’s Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Ambrosia and Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Mango.

“My inspiration was really taken from the importance of colour, not all over the face, but either on the eye or the lip,” says Attracta. “The little splash of colour brings a real vibrancy to the skin.”

Attracta started with ‘semi-matte’ skin, but with a ‘super-matte’ T-zone because she wanted to add a touch of shimmer to eyes to balance the colour being used on lips.

So she dusted powder down the forehead and around the nose to stop shimmer or shine collecting anywhere but around the eye area, smudging Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Cocoa Shimmer and Truffle over lids.

“I really wanted to keep the look modern and fresh around the eyes by leaving the brows natural, so it didn’t look to ‘old lady’ and super polished,” Attracta adds.

Similarly, she avoided false eyelashes which can make the face too ‘done’, but says that using Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, which is “very, very black” makes models look like they’re wearing falsies anyway.

And if you get right into the root of lashes, you give eyes extra definition without having to use liner, Attracta points out.

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