Tangerine lips at the Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2012 show ©AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT

(Relaxnews) – Stuck in a beauty rut? Seek inspiration from this guide to this season’s most wearable make-up trends and how to achieve them.

Navy smoky eyes

While the smoky eyed look has been around for seasons, it’s been freshened up for Spring/Summer 2012, with designers ditching black and gray and favoring navy blue. As well as being popular with labels including Rodarte and Emanuel Ungaro, navy shadow is far more flattering on older eyes than the darker shadows, which can emphasize wrinkles, and a smudge of blue liner often helps counteract redness. Watch YouTube beauty guru Pixiwoo’s navy blue smoky eye tutorial here: http://youtu.be/eOR1eeJ2BTY

Metallic eyeshadows

After already making an impact during the Fall/Winter 11/12 season, metallics dominated the Spring/Summer 2012 shows, with Fendi wowing with its gold and silver leaf eyes, Just Cavalli favoring shimmering gold shadow, and flashes of metallic shadow sweeping from the corner of the eye throughout the crease only for a futuristic look at 3.1 Phillip Lim. For beauty fans wanting a more subtle take on the trend, Cupcakes and Cashmere blogger Schuman offers her guide to adding a metallic hint to a classic smoky eye: http://youtu.be/NmtgKm_tOMU


Before forecasting firm Pantone declared Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for 2012, corals were all over the Spring/Summer 2012 runways, with labels ranging from House of Holland to Rick Owens embracing the trend, and the latter sending models down the catwalk with minimal make-up except for tangerine lips. Pinks, peaches and corals emerged as key colors for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 beauty looks, with make-up artist Lisa Eldridge offering her guide to working with the pretty tones in the French fashion brand’s latest collection here: http://youtu.be/T7NdFVL7U3I.

Statement lips

Keeping the eyes and cheeks pared down, many labels including Prabal Gurung, Mugler and Betsey Johnson chose to make an impact with bold lips for Spring/Summer 2012. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add instant punch to your look, and can be classic (à la Christian Dior matte red) or gothic (like the dark purple seen at Anthony Vaccarello). Here, Lancôme make-up Artist Tarek Abbas offers a guide to creating a bold pout with the brand’s latest Rouge in Love lipstick line: http://youtu.be/aQj1ynxcksI.

Bronzed cheeks

The tan is back. While the likes of Tracy Reese and Christopher Kane opted for a peachier blush and DKNY went for coral tones during the Spring/Summer 2012 shows, Michael Kors was one of many labels including Rag & Bone and Timo Weiland to champion the sun-kissed cheek trend, placing golden bronzer high up on the cheekbones. Watch how make-up artist Dick Page created the glowing look for the Kors show here: http://youtu.be/JoBjPZOnZHI.