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The New Beauty Trends For SS14

Showcasing the new beauty trends for the season set against the backdrop of a Secret Garden in our exclusive shoot, we got the lowdown on the top trends from the beauty insiders behind the scenes.

Skin Secrets...
As seen at Prada and MaxMara's SS14 shows, luminous, high radiance, ethereal skin is in, so this season get back to the basics and look to your skincare regime to cleanse and clear complexions before applying your second skin. 

Make-up artist Lucy Bridge says; "To get that luminous skin look every day, use a deep cleansing system like the Clarisonic. It smoothes and brightens skin, making it the perfect base for your make-up."

She adds; "Prep skin with a super hydrating moisturiser and/or serum and follow this with a light foundation or BB cream. Chanel Vita Luminere or Dior's BB Cream are perfect for the job."

"To add extra radiance and shimmering contour, apply a highlighter like Tom Ford's Illuminating Cheek Colour to the tops of the cheekbones, centre of the nose and Cupid's Bow."

New Waves...
Hitting the runways at Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane, while the tousled wave is a hairstyle perennial, it takes on a new edge this season in even more deconstructed style.

To recreate those barely-there waves, hairstylist on the shoot Claire Rothstein advises; "To get the volume for the look apply volumising mousse when the hair is damp - about a golf ball size per section - I usually do hair in three sections, then blow-dry upside down until roughly dry. Flip back and smooth with a large round brush. Next, to get that subtle bend, use tongs, straighteners or rollers. For even more volume, try using dry shampoo and finally, mist the roots with a strong-hold hairspray and backcomb in sections with a soft brush. Run fingers through the hair to break up the waves and give more movement."

Nail It...
It's all in the detail when it comes to Spring/Summer nails, and putting a fresh edge on the nail art trend, new graduated nails provide a more elegant effect. Whether a subtle degrade effect or more overt ombre textures, this season's nails are a refined take on the trend.

"Nail art now isn't about illustrations, it's more classic with half-moons and the reverse French mani. It's not tacky or teenage, it's about looking edgy but chic," says nail artist Ami Streets.

"The hot hues right now have to be neutral colours fading into brights, with nails presented in a rounded or squiletto shape - long and tapered with a squared tip."

To get the ombre shades of pink shoot look, Ami says: "Use a small sponge to paint on base colour and then use the edge of the sponge to add on the second shade, applying halfway down the nail, fading down. Apply the top coat when the colour is still tacky for extra effect, and start from the base, with light strokes to help blend."

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