Spring/Summer 2017 Key Beauty Looks

Four fashion capitals and a month’s worth of runway extravaganzas, we’ve whittled down 10 noteworthy looks from the catwalks for the season ahead
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Yellow Arrows

The structural hairdo at Haider Ackermann might be a challenge to replicate, but a canary-yellow statement wing is certainly doable. The unusual shade will provide visual interest so feel free to go as big or small as you’d like.

Flush in Spring

At Chanel, the high blush placement is akin to Kenzo’s. The key difference is colour choice. Use pink cream blushes gently tapped in for a subtle finish, and a brightening primer for lit-from-within skin. 

Lip-Lock Lust

At Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, lips appeared smeared from a passionate kiss. Combine sheer lipsticks from the red and coral families and smudge them in with the warmth of fingers. Organic, effortless and easy begets the best results.

Sleety Slick 

At Baja East, grunge and gloss were done pitch perfect for today. Use a liquid eyeshadow to achieve the just-slapped-on effect and top it off with a clear balm or salve to make the wet effect last.

Go Graphic

Emilio Pucci revived the colour-blocking trend – except on the eyes this time. Your shade may happily vary, but use a mix of big and small eye pencils to build the shape and define the line respectively. 

Dial P for Power

Pink is in again, but trust Mary Katrantzou to dial it up a notch in the sophistication department. A hint of purple in your pinks, and in a matte finish, makes for a modern power pout. 

Blue Steel  

An electric shock of teal had us reaching for our novel lipstick shades at Thom Browne’s genius Stepford wives meets aquatic-chic show. Take inspiration from the insouciant way the girls wore funky colours: with absolute panache. 


A wintry glow is the new nude, an ironic twist for the summer courtesy of Moncler Gamme Rouge. The key here is less shine and more radiance: use soft illuminators and highlighters in place of contours and blush to bring light to the face.

The ’80s are calling! 

Take it from Kenzo’s high-key version – part tribute to Bowie and part perfection for disco dancing. Pair orange-leaning blushes worn high on the temples with a strong lip to get the groove going. 

Smoke & Mirrors 

A gritty and metallic smoky eye stole the show at Altuzarra in New York. Wet your brushes to get a high impact pigment payoff from eyeshadows, topped off with a layer of gloss or highlighter. For balance, choose lengthening mascaras for defined lashes sans clump. 



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