March 11, 2020
Spring/Summer 2020 Makeup Trends with Code8
It may still be a little chilly outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t start experimenting with Spring/Summer 2020 (SS20) makeup trends that graced the catwalks last September. We’ve been waiting for the warmer weather to whip out the colourful eyeshadows and dewy formula foundations that were made famous by some of our favourite makeup artists backstage, including Andrew Gallimore, Susie Sobol and Lucy Bridge, among others. Now that spring is nearly in sight, it’s time to take some inspiration from the fashion world and start playing with beauty products again. Here are the top three makeup trends we’ll be trying.
1. Dewy skin
Our favourite SS20 makeup trend has to be dewy, healthy looking skin. A dewy, natural base was seen everywhere during fashion month- from New York to London and beyond. It started in New York with Helmut Lang and continued in London with Chalayan, A.W.A.K.E Mode and David Koma, before finally making its way to Milan and Paris. Glossy but never oily looking, it’s a world away from the matte complexions we’ve grown used to - but we’re loving it. All throughout fashion month, lead makeup artists were using the award-winning Radiate Beauty Balm to create a fresh-faced natural base.
Thanks to the revolutionary Knead Technology, the formula is easily spreadable with a velvety, second-skin finish, leaving the skin feeling radiant and healthy. If you want to stay on trend this Spring/Summer, then why not try experimenting with dewy looks yourself? To get your own catwalk ready, dewy complexion, apply Radiate Beauty Balm all over the face. Start from the centre outwards for the perfect amount of lightweight coverage.
The Argan Seed Oil-infused formula will nourish your skin while also making it look like it’s lit from within. The best part? This cult favourite also includes SPF15 that will prevent sun damage and the signs of ageing and will last all day long (yes, even during sweaty tube rides).
2. All eyes on the lips
In London, the models on David Koma’s catwalk sported a modern take on the nude lip. Lead makeup artist Andrew Gallimore worked with our Colour Maestro to create the perfect “your-lips-but-better” lipstick shade at our Colour ID Lab, which complemented the dewy and slick finish of the final beauty look. Then there was 16Arlington’s bold brick red lipstick hue, which was matched with glamorous ‘60s eye makeup by lead makeup artist Naoko Scintu.
Or, if you prefer a more defined lipstick colour, try Emilia Wickstead’s vibrant red lipstick instead. A modern matte take on the classic red, lead makeup artist Lucy Bridge created this bespoke shade in our Colour ID Lab to complement the soft, pastel tones of Wickstead’s SS20 collection, which was inspired by Little Women.
Over at Milan's SS20 show, it was all about embracing the natural pigment of your pout. In a move away from the shiny, liquid lip makeup trend, keeping your mouth au natural is the way to go this season. As seen at the MM6 Maison Martin Margiela show, this subtle new season look is easy to master. Take a dab of the Seamless Cover Concealer and smooth it all over your lips to create a lip colour that’s similar to your skin tone. If you prefer a more matte finish, use the brown shadow from the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Lustrous Corduroy’ and pat it on as needed. It’s super blendable and won't stick to the fine lines of your lips but will instead give you long-lasting colour.
At Paris Fashion Week, makeup artist Diane Kendal used the Colour Brilliance Lipstick in the shade “Cappadocia”—a pink with mauve undertones—on models during Lanvin show.
3. Defined eyes
At Helmut Lang, renowned makeup artist Susie Sobol was inspired by the ‘90s grunge movement and skate culture to create an artistic square-winged eyeliner look using the Contour Eye Pencil in Classic Black and Precision Liquid Liner in Carbon Black. Similarly, at 16Arlington, celebrity makeup artist, Naoko Scintu created a completely unexpected and retro eye using white eyeliner. The London born brand, 16Arlington, wanted to transport us back to glamorous 1960’s Italy and did it best with a take on the swinging sixties eye that looked striking but not too stark. You can recreate the trend using the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Jaipur Marbles. It gives a look that’s not as harsh or cartoony as using a white eyeliner pencil, so you can wear your liner to work without getting strange stares. Simply take the lightest pearl shade of the palette, spray it with water and apply to the upper lash using a thin eyeliner brush. The highly-pigmented colour is made using Knead Technology, so it blends easily and also nourishes the skin while you wear it. Multitasking makeup for the win.
Inspired by a recent trip to Kenya, designer David Koma collaborated with makeup artist Andrew Gallimore to create an amplified natural beauty look with iridescent eyes. Gallimore created the ultra-sleek look by using the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palettes in Jaipur Marbles and the Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women on the eyelids.
Meanwhile, over at Peter Pilotto during Milan Fashion Week, the makeup artist Inge Grognard channelled festival inspiration with vivid eye makeup with neon pigments.