Skincare and make-up in 2014: a close symbiosis

With the spring season almost at the corner, the pace of launches of new skincare and make-up collections, ready to storm store shelves, is gaining momentum. These collections feature new formulations derived from always more advanced and amazing technologies, but also and more importantly, new colour trends. Skincare and make-up seem to be evermore intimately linked. Overview…For the face, brands rely on a natural make-up look and a skintone with a subtle dewy finish. Dior, for example has launched DreamSkin, a new addition to its Capture Totale range. This skincare is aimed at a wide and varied female public as it adapts to all skin types and suits all ages.

Dior’s innovation in this skincare stands in the incorporation of two species of flowers picked from Dior’s gardens. The Longoza extract from the gardens in Madagascar helps to combat wrinkles along with loss of radiance and firmness, while Opilia extracts from Burkina Faso gardens reduce redness, dark spots and tighten pores.
But innovation does not stop there, Dior also uses bio minerals that are capable of copying the optical properties of the epidermis. Through the action of these bio minerals, the complexion is evened up thanks to a clever play of colour mimicry, thus interacting on the general appearance of the skintone.

Dior has developed this product with the aim to create the first anti-aging skincare by promising a firmer, smoother and more radiant skin while ensuring a natural matte finish.

To stay in the dewy finish trend, Armani will introduce this month a highlighting fluid, the Fluid Sheer Radiant Pigment, with a light texture and coverage. The interesting point in this product is its versatility: it can be used both as a make-up base, a corrector or even a blush depending of the chosen shade.

The multi functionality of this make-up product comes from its translucent formula, which is available in different shades acting as correctors or primers to restore the brightness of the face thanks to its slightly glowy finish.

BB Creams and CC Creams, still riding high

Although BB Cream and CC Cream are no novelties, brands continue to devise new formulas. Like for example Estée Lauder’s Double Wear All Day Moisture Makeup Broad SPF30. This BB cream offers a protection against UVAs and UVBs and guarantees a long-lasting hydration while illuminating and unifying the complexion. Its oil-free formula is particularly suited for combination to oily skins. And the Physician Formula brand is not outdone with the forthcoming launch of its Bronze Booster Glow Boosting BB Cream. Available as a cream or a balm its combines all the advantages of a skincare with in addition, an immediate sun kissed effect. The formula contains fatty acids, vitamins C and E, which are proven antioxidants, and carob tree extract, a complexion highlighter. As far as CC Creams are concerned, Jill Stuart will launch its CC Cream in March.

Multiple looks

On the side of eyes, eyeshadows are very rich in pigments and colours are very close to chocolate brown shades which can be spread on a palette ranging from bronze to copper. Like MAC’s palette, Neutral Eyeshadow, inspired from Urban Decay’s palette, Naked, whose third edition was launched on January 21st. The MAC palette consists of 15 eyeshadows offering a choice glittery and matte finishes to create a multitude of day or evening looks. This palette is available in two undertones: a warm and cool tone, to adapt to all types of skin tones. This palette will be on sale in March 2014.

During the same period, Physician Formula will launch its Shimmer Strips All-in1 Custom Nude Palette for Face&Eye, to achieve a total face and eyes look, as its name suggests. With the help of its twelve eyeshadows and the instructions highlighted on the packaging it all becomes very fun and incredibly convenient to use. Following the example of MAC, Physician Formula also makes this palette available in two undertones.

Long live pinks!

Although nude tones revolve mainly around chocolate brown colours, 2014 will stand out with the introduction of pink as a new nude colour. We have a confirmation of this trend looking more closely at this year’s Spring/Summer collections, particularly Yves Saint Laurent’s Flower Bloom collection which was launched in January as well as Dior’s Diorsnow collection, scheduled for next summer where pink, the featured colour, comes in all possible shades. Pink also takes centre stage in blush ranges, like in Chanel’s new collection that contains a blush with a cream formula and a powdery finish making its application very easy and natural. For brighter pinks, the Gerbera collection from Clinique will introduce, next March, a range of blushes with pinks to suit and enhance all skin types.

The Retrolook!

The Retrolook still has quit a few adepts from one season to another and 2014 is no exception; this year the whole eye area is worked differently using a combo Kohl-liner mascara. Graphic or blurred, there’s a Liner to suit all tastes. Lips keep their relatively flashy, pop colours, like orange (tangerine, coral) or fuchsia nearing sometimes lie de vin.

Shu Uemura launched Calligrah : ink, a liquid eyeliner shaped like a brush for an easier application with the advantage of having a refill.

The Yard Remedies Mascara from Niel’s caught our attention with its fully organic paraben-, silicone-, and BHT-free formula. A lengthening and volumizing mascara enriched with omega and argan oil along with white tea antioxidants extracts.

Physician Formula and its kohl kajal eyeliner trio enables to revisit the retrolook using it on the entire eye area for a smudgy look, available in three colours, black, copper and bronze, where the natural colours mentioned above are used in the retrolook.

Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipstick scheduled for spring 2014, is innovating with its formula containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate the lips and keep them moisturised for nearly six hours, says the brand. Colours come in 20 shades ranging from nude to more pigmented colours. In the same vein, Bobbi Brown will launch its High Shimmer Lip Color Collection.

Sisley proposes, like Clinique, new lip pencils. These Phyto Lip Twist pencils guarantee hydrated and nourished lips with two finishes available depending of the application. A light glossy finish or a more marked colour by overlaying the two applications.

Also in glossy finishes, Yves Saint Laurent launches its Gloss Volupté acting both as a gloss, a moisturising balm and a top coat to match the make-up you want to adopt.
There are also some pastels for a more subtle colour block look, the eyeshadows covering the entire eyelid with a very light colour shade or following the lash line much like an eyeliner. Colours that can also be found in Dior’s spring 2014 collection, Trianon inspired by Queen Marie Antoinette, giving the whole a very feminine and stylish atmosphere (late January – early February).

The packaging of Paul & Joe’s collection also caught our attention with its freshness and the use of colours recalling the pastel trend.

Scented nail polish!

Nails now dare new colours, and nail art mostly focuses on revisited French manicure: with graphic lines, reversed French manicure and bright colours. Revlon innovates with its collection of scented nail polishes. The spicy colours of the Yves Saint Laurent collection, La Laque Couture stand out and are expected for December 2014. OPI has announced and presented its collection reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro, a nod to the summer Olympics in Rio in 2016. And to pamper our nails, Ciaté offers a efficient and mild nail polish remover with chocolate scents and enriched with vitamins E and C.