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On-Point Beauty Looks for 2016, Inspired by the Catwalks

Monday 19 October 2015

Following the success of our A/W15 piece, Spindle’s resident beauty expert Jay Pinxie is back with another feature bursting with a slew of new trends to update your look. As one of the hottest hair and makeup artists working behind the scenes at London Fashion Week, she was able to get a first look all the new  S/S16 styles backstage before the models hit the catwalks. Happy experimenting! 


Hi Spindle readers – Jay here!

While the lights may have gone down on LFW S/S16, the inspiring styles, colours, fabrics, hair, makeup and sheer brilliance of the shows will live on till February (when we do it all over again for the A/W16 season). Don’t forget – the trends that come from the S/S16 runways will filter through to street style and the high street way before spring actually arrives, so there’s no reason you can’t have fun with these beauty looks now.

This season, there was a big shift in catwalk makeup, as brands explored lots of experimental new playful ways of using cosmetics. As a result, makeup is becoming more about texture than blending.





That’s right – white eyeliner and mascara are back! Don’t apply like a nice white waterline liner – instead, scrub products into the top or bottom lash lines to give your eyes an alien look. These whites made a really cool statement when ‘popped’ with a small flash of colour, such as red or orange.


ashley isham BLUE BROWS


Graphic Brows

Graphic lines were a strong influence in beauty trends… with so much navy or royal blue being used, it made me wonder if there had been a spy in the camps, as so many artists used dark blue shadows, liners or brow colours. Being a fan of pink or purple eyebrows myself, seeing artists using coloured brows on runway made me very happy! Elsewhere, we saw a reprisal of barely-there or bleached eyebrows, as designers chose models for their ‘nearly gone’ natural brow look. Could this be the end of the vile ‘Instagram eyebrow’? Let’s hope so… fingers crossed for bleaching or concealer usage in high street fashion going forward.




Springtime Sparkle

Best of all the trends was the return of glitter, applied everywhere! Solid glitter eyes and lashes with liner or glitter flashes… spray glitter in the hair and on the body… head-to-toe glitter and crystals… FANTASTIC, makeup is going to be fun next spring!


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The Braidy Bunch

I recommend that us girls will have to have a few slumber parties to get practising the biggest hair trend from S/S16 shows – braiding. On the runways, I saw basket weave braids, inside/outside plaits, French plaits, Germanic-style hooped plaits, fishtails, corn rows, the list goes on… I think I even saw actual weave!!




Get Textured

Other popular styles for hair saw locks built up with height, before being back-brushed into a pony or plait. Key looks include an extremely clean, swept-tight ponytail or dreamy romantic braided hair with a messy texture. Otherwise, loose waves of hair create a casual-chic appeal.


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