The Five Beauty Trends You Need To Know In 2016.
Earthy hues at Rodarte, Ryan Roche's sleek knots and a plum lip from Burberry.
Our in-house MUA + resident beauty expert Isabella Iasenzaniro shares how to nail 2016's top beauty trends - and how they pair with your favourite labels. Plus, read on to hear her views about Snapchat, contouring and Kylie Jenner's infamous Lip Kits.
T R E N D # 1 - E A R T H Y T O N E S
On the rise for AW16, this trend will add warmth and life to your usual makeup genre. The best part? You can use the same colour for your eyes and your cheeks – who said makeup was hard?
Rodarte created this look perfectly by using NARS Dual-Intensity Palette in Frenzy (also try Love Connection by MAC Cosmetics). Use the bronzed colour on the lid and blend all over, including the socket line. Then in one sweep on the cheeks, you get a highlight and a bronze all in one - voila! Add 1-2 coats of mascara to the top lashes, leaving the bottom clean and fresh.
Pair with C/MEO COLLECTIVE 'Talk It Out Skirt'.
T R E N D # 2 - E L E C T R I C B L U E
A perfect sweep of eyeliner will always remain a go-to for that quick glam fix, but who said it had to always be black? I’m all for the classic vibe, but blue has been finding its way on to the runways of 2016.
To some, achieving that flawless line can be a nightmare but the best advice I can give is practice – it’s the only way (I promise you’ll get better). I like to start at the middle of the lid, get the desired thickness and then adjust later on.
Keep the rest of the makeup minimal, focusing more on creating a dewy, natural finish with MAC Face & Body Tint or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. Create highlights, rather than contours with High Beam Highlighter.
Stick to a balm on the lips, enhancing your natural lip colour.
T R E N D # 3 - K N O T S + T I E S
Knots have been a huge trend in hair, and will continue well into 2016.
Keep hair textured and messy by using KEVIN.MURPHY DOO.OVER firstly in roots, and then in mid-lengths and ends. This will add dry texture, giving you the perfect base for your hair knot.
Work with your natural part or for a more sophisticated feel, use your fingers to pull hair all back and tie at mid-low pony height. Once secured, grab all the hair at once and twist it under, then over itself before threading it through to create a knot. If your hair isn’t long enough, split the pony into two sections and knot -you’ll need some pins to fasten. Straighten out ends for an edgy finish.
Pair with Finders Blow Your Mind Jumpsuit.
T R E N D # 4 - P L U M H U E S
This trend speaks for itself (in other words, let the lips do the talking).
The plum lip is back and I’m excited because it is perfect for the ‘lazy girl’. Strip the rest of your makeup back and if you’re game, even keep the lashes bare - if not, a light lick of mascara works well too - I love Model Co Volumeyes Extreme Black Mascara.
Keep the face radiant as the lips are quite matte - try Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, as it works beautifully under your base or even on its own if you’re having a good skin day.
For the main attraction, Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood has a beautiful plum finish and glides on effortlessly.
Pair with The Fifth Label Walk In The Sky T-Shirt.
T R E N D # 5 - G O L D E N G L A Z E
This trend featured on the nails of models at the Reem Acra SS16 show. It has a understated vibe but is still ultra ‘cool girl’ - call it a twist on the classic nude.
If you usually play it safe but want to spice up your nail game, this is the perfect trend for you. Keep it subtle by adding Blue Pearl Top Coat by MAC to any of your current nail colours; it will add an instant glow and highlight. If you’re feeling a little more daring, try Feuille by YSL.
Pair with C/MEO COLLECTIVE Shine On Dress.
T A K E F I V E
BNKR: Your favourite beauty trend this year? Isabella: So far, I would have to say the single plait. Braids were so 2015, but this year it is all about the sleek pony, finished with a plait. I like when runway trends are easily translated in to real life - it's nice when women can relate to what they see. And it is the perfect ‘dirty hair day’ do.
Kylie Jenner Lip Kits – yay or nay? I think some of the colours look amazing, and matte lipsticks definitely have their place but at the moment I’m feeling more of the balmier finishes.
What do you predict will be huge in the beauty world this year? Crazy contouring is definitely out - 2016 is about stripping it all back. Say bye bye to the clown contouring and so long to the overdrawn lip phase - which might mean for some, a makeup bag overhaul is in need. It's hard to say one specific trend just yet, but the statement lip is definitely sticking around. It's looking as though hues like orange, smokey reds and purple plums are taking the lead, pared back with really minimal eyes, brushed brows and ultra natural skin.
One thing you can’t live without? I can’t live without KEVIN.MURPHY DOO.OVER. It's part dry shampoo, part hair spray. It is freakin’ amazing and a hairdressers kit must have! And also adds amazing texture to waves without the greasiness a lot of texturising products give off.
On your wish list right now? I have my eye on a Philip Lim hand bag - SAVE SAVE SAVE!
Must-follow Instagram accounts? @fshnbnkr - obviously. @purienne_ - one of my all time fave photographers. @georgiafowler - I’m loving her look at the moment. @maggieontherocks - love her inspo vibes.
What’s your Snapchat style? My Snapchat is generally full of my day at work, pretty models, cool photoshoot locations. I’m not great at selfies, so never expect any of those out of me!
See more from Isabella on Instagram @isabellaias.