[By Anastasia Laurie]

It’s all about being experimental and breaking rules when it comes to the preferred color palette this spring. So let go your inhibitions with colors and have fun, there’s no reason not to give this a whirl. Whether you’re ultra low maintenance, or into going all out with your urban war-paint, there’ll be something in the spring/ summer 2018 beauty look books that will work for you. In order not to appear outright clownish or standing out like a rave relic from the early 90s, here are some tricks to pull to getting things just right. Get ready to turn some heads for the right reasons wherever you may be, for life’s too short to be ‘normal’ and blend in, when you can stand out and be noticed in your own unique skin.

Trend Alert#1: Get artsy with geometric nails

Nail artists are calling this trend the fancy pants for grown-ups. Sure it’s fun to not hold back and let your imagination run wild, but if you want to inject a dose of summertime pizzazz to your nails that can look as sophisticated in the office, try geometric designs. The amazing thing about Geometric Nail Art this season is that the design can be as simple or as complicated as you desire. You can draw any pattern you like, or coordinate the color according to your preference, with contrasting colors working well when limited to no more than 3, or opt for complimentary hues as a surefire winner of SS’18.

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Trend Alert #2: Warm red kisses

Red lipstick has always been the quintessential go to color when in doubt and strong red lips against bare skin were a staple in a number of 2018’s shows. For SS’18, the overwhelming red lip trend of the season is forecasted to be warm red lips, with shades of brick red and orange red getting the stamp of approval. Crimson lips enhance your other makeup and give your skin that porcelain perfection that you really crave, be it the shiny or matte variant. For siren lips that are plump, full and supple, go the extra mile to ensure that your puckers are well hydrated. As our lips do not possess sweat glands and lack sebaceous or oil glands needed to produce naturally hydrating oils, they are super susceptible to dehydration when neglected.

If hydration is definitely what you seriously need to glamourize your pout, bestow upon them the “Kiss of Youth” with Revitalift Lips. Via a series of microinjections of an ultra-fine, natural hyaluronic acid, this deeply replenishing, lip-nourishing treatment is your one way ticket to transform dull, lackluster and lined puckers into red carpet-worthy numbers overnight. The main benefits are its intensely hydrating and line-minimizing effects, achieved without overt enlargement of shape and size to gargantuan proportions for exceedingly natural looking end results. Revitalift Lips is definitely more of an enhancement of your natural feature, bringing out your beauty and charm as a better improved version of yourself.

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Trend Alert #3: Technicolor disco grunge

The disco fever is still lurking around like a fashion epidemic, and blue eye shadow is cropping up on runways again this spring, but in totally unconventional ways. Instead of bright cobalt blue straight out of Studio 54, try teal on your lids and swipe on some bright turquoise eye liner. A vibrant blue smokey eye by makeup guru Tom Pecheux was seen at Chanel, with a greenish-blue shade pulled all the way up to the eyebrows as well as heavily applied along the lower lash line. The trick is to go free hand and be a tad smudgy, avoid covering your entire eye in the same bright blue shade that gives the dreaded “garage door” look.

Very often, the upper eyelid skin droops down with age and bedroom eyes are no longer sexy when they are a tad too heavy. Bright vivid shades and all things glittery do not work well as the reflective nature makes them more unforgiving, highlighting skin creases when applied to lids that droop.

When surgical correction is not a considered option, the SmartX Lite Eyes done on its own or as part of the Miracle Eye Reviver Program may be the next best thing for your ocular woes. Aiming to put the twinkle back in your eyes, this ‘eye-opening’ protocol is designed to optimally tighten and lift sagging skin. Bid adieu to droopy eyes and saggy lids, and with clever blending that’s done just right to give you an updated not outdated psychedelic twist, you’re all ready to boogie woogie and paint the town wild in full Technicolor glitterati.

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Trend Alert #4: Lash out in bold

Like kids in the candy store, makeup maestros from Paris to Milan are running amok with every imaginable shade from the Pantone chart. Colored mascara from blue to purple to green is clearly not something you can get away with at the office, but try it for your next night out to ramp up your peepers for a refreshing new dig on retro chic. While spidery eyelashes with clumpy mascara have been a fashion don’t for decades, it’s fascinating seeing this as a huge trend this spring, echoing the overall sentiment of SS’18— “The Only Rule is there is No Rules”. If you want to ease up on the bright color trend, consider using eyeliner instead of eye shadow with your colored mascara. Opt for a neutral shade of eye shadow to keep yourself from tipping over the top, and go for nude or pastel lips to strike a balance to the overall look.

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Trend Alert #5: Bronzed goddess

Bronze makeup is hitting gold this season. The color is indicative that the warmer months are here to stay, so you’ll always look en pointe when you wear bronze be it day or night. The most popular way to rock this metallic hue is to wear it on your eyes, to give you that great warm weather glow of a sun-kissed goddess. While there was a bit of contouring on the runways this season, strobing was the main complexion choice for SS’18 makeup trends.A healthy glow finish on skin is in instead of matte caked or powdery finish, so it’s time to put down the contour kits, brushes, sticks, and wands and go for a more natural look with just a touch of barely there shimmering highlight.

If you aren’t already doing so, it’s time to give your skin some serious TLC. A revolutionary new approach to skin rejuvenation is the BB AquaTouch Laser, a signature lunchtime treatment that resurfaces and replenishes the skin at the same time with the use of gentle yet deeply penetrating non-ablative fractional laser energy to exfoliate and replace damaged, dead skin cells with correction of undesirable skin pigmentation and stimulation of collagenesis at the same time for clearer, firmer skin. Utilizing the 1927nm Thulium which represents a new wavelength that is extremely efficacious at targeting the superficial skin layers for faster clearance of pigmented lesions, the BB AquaTouch laser is the star feature of the Baby Skin Program conceptualized by the beauty experts from the SW1 Clinic  (helmed by Dr. Low Chai Ling, the founder of The Sloane Clinic). Offering salvation to photo- damaged skin, melasma, and troubling aged spots, this superb pigment clearing, skin brightening protocol combines the synergistic effects of Pearl Éclat and LED Red photomodulation therapy with BB AquaTouch Laser for an enviably smoother and blemish free fairness that glows with youth and vitality, remarkably similar to an instant “photo-shop” makeover effect, summertime skin perfection served on a gilded platter.

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