Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends

From the cool and impressive to the weird and crazy, the spring/ summer 2015 makeup trends feature a range of striking and memorable looks that proudly target any style, personality and occasion. While the timeless minimal makeup trend, the passionate red lipstick and mysterious smokey eye look have managed to preserve their strong positions for the new season to come, there are also new exciting and sometimes even eccentric beauty trends emerging that will ensure your absolutely jaw-dropping appearance at any event. Below, we have summed up the best and the most striking of the spring/ summer 2015 beauty trends for you to look through and find inspiration for creating fresh and iconic looks come spring.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #1: Barely There Natural Makeup

No makeup can ever be compared with the perfect no makeup look, mastering which requires a profound skin care first of all, since you definitely want to show off your healthy complexion when going out bare-faced. Placing the focus either on the translucent skin or bronzed complexion, nude makeup was spotted multiple times on the runway during the shows of A-list fashion designers and brands. If in case of Donna Karan it was the warm bronzed skin tone that talked about summer, BCBG Max Azria decided to show the healthy glow of the models’ faces by applying subtle peach blush on the cheeks. On the other hand, Alberta Ferretti and Gucci kept things to minimum, using foundation shades quite identical with the skin tones of the models, which made their skin look translucent and fresh. Classic interpretations of the natural makeup trend were brought forth by Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Thakoon and others, while fashion houses like Badgley Mischka and Rodarte decided to put the stress on powerful brows keeping the entire face bare using minimal makeup.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Natural No Makeup Look

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Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #2: Expressive and Eccentric Eyebrows

Experiments with eyebrows go on in the new season, and if in the past seasons we saw either bushy brows or awe-inspiring bleached looks, the spring/ summer 2015 makeup trends bring innovation and quite unexpected surprises. We still have those perfectly contoured bushy brows and the bleached ones as major trends for spring thanks to the shows of Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli and others. However, it’s the absolutely innovative ways of making brows stand out presented by Rodarte that shocked the audience. The models walked down the runway wearing piercing-like decorations on their brows that looked so edgy and cool. On the other hand, Badgley Mischka also came up with innovative ways of creating powerful brows, dyeing them in pastel shades, from pink to blue. As for Prada, Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood abstract lines of eye pencil instantly draw the attention to those brows!

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Expressive Eyebrows Colorfully Dyed Eyebrows

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Expressive Eyebrows

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Expressive Eyebrows

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #3: Artistic Arrows and Creative Lines

The makeup artists showed great enthusiasm towards eye makeup this time trying to inject an artistic approach to the looks they created. Seems like visual arts had a great influence on their makeup illustrations, and it wasn’t only the unusual forms of arrows that stunned but also the lovely hues used. For the fans of classic winged-out eye makeup the Oscar de la Renta show brought some really outstanding clean flicked out cat-eye looks using black liquid eyeliner, while Prada created the same effect with a black eye pencil. Emilio Pucci put the focus on sophistication lining both the lower and upper lash lines of the models with smokey lines, while at Just Cavalli we saw bare upper lids and bold and expressive black lines emphasizing the lower lash line, which gave a sixties spin to the overall looks. Classic or bold black arrows were also spotted at Saint Laurent, Marchesa, Celine, Dolce & Gabbana and others.

Still, it was Fendi’s sky-blue arrows matched with black eyeliner that stood out instantly, as well as Christian Dior’s pastel green fine lines again applied on the upper lids only. It wasn’t actually ordinary eyeliner applied, but strips of pastel-colored satin cut with a laser in case of Christian Dior, and strips of cornflower-blue leather that Peter Philips used at Fendi. This way the makeup artists wanted to put the emphasis on texture and creativity, showing that makeup isn’t only about ordinary makeup products, but certain innovative tools as well.

In case of Peter Som bright orange was the protagonist applied on the lower lash line starting from the tear duct and reaching the center of the lid. Statement-making were also those structural black arrows applied much higher than the upper lash line of the models, as spotted at Giamba. An alternative color was the pick of Nanette Lepore, where cat eyes were created through the use of white eyeliner, instead of black one.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Artistic Arrows

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Artistic Arrows

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Artistic Arrows

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Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #4: Bold Graphic Cat Eye Swoop

If the makeup artists didn’t play with eyeliner and arrows, they went for bold and expressive graphic swoops creating the most outstanding cat eye looks ever. Thus, in case of Givenchy Pat McGrath paired the bleached brows with swoops of taupe applied all over the lids. Max Mara created almost the same effect only instead of neutral tones we saw bright orange. Bright and creative was also the blue cat eye makeup spotted at Honor. While Cushnie et Ochs brought the classic graphic black cat eye makeup, at John Galliano and Jean Pierre Braganza subtle metallic vibes boosted the drama of those statement cat eye looks.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Graphic Cat Eye Swoop

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Graphic Cat Eye Swoop

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #5: Sixties Twiggy Makeup Vibes

Our favorite sixties era in terms of beauty is still on and we adore that fact. Big and expressive eyes and minimal makeup are again trendy, showing the most versatile and timeless looks both for special occasions and for day-to-day wear. At Rochas we saw some Twiggy-inspired full lashes paired with single black dots of eye pencil applied on the lower lash line right in the middle of the lid. Makeup artist Attracta Courtney also opted for ’60s inspired Twiggy-esque lashes for the show of Orla Kiely, matching them with lower liner and cut-crease graphic eye makeup in the neutral tones. As for Julien David, it was the bold liner that gave the sixties look to that pastel lilac eye makeup.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Sixties Twiggy Makeup

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #6: The Magic of Glitter

Metallic and glittery accents form the next important spring/ summer 2015 makeup trend, becoming ideal options especially for those special party nights. Whether you are more into gold, silver or bronze, there is the ideal makeup look for your own taste and personality, since precious metallics and glittery vibes are so hot this spring! Barbara Bui models wore liquid gold eyeshadow with a foil-like effect created in the very middle of the lids, while at Alexis Mabille a metallic gilded eyeshadow was used to create striking cat eye looks. On the other hand, Dries Van Noten showed that glitter could be worn not only on the eyes, but the lips as well, using a stripe of gold on the center of the models’ lips. Anna Sui’s models radiated a bohemian vibe wearing golden glittery lids, while at House of Holland we saw glitter other than gold, sprinkled all over the lids and matched with the bold winged eyeliner. A Detcher showed an even more creative approach to metallic and glittery makeup, using dramatic star appliqués all over the faces of the models. No matter what part of your face you’ll emphasize with metallic and glittery shadows, you’d better keep the rest of your face nude for the most harmonious looks!

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Metallic and Glittery Makeup

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Metallic and Glittery Makeup

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #7: Mauve Eye Makeup

It seems like mauve is the new brown in terms of eye makeup, as it was spotted so many times during the recent runway shows. Capable of making your eyes pop instantly, lovely lavender and mauve eyeshadows were applied in a myriad of manners. While at Derek Lam mauve eye makeup appeared to be quite subtle and minimalist ideal for everyday wear, at Vera Wang things got even more dramatic bringing bold mauve eye looks for those spring nights. Guy Laroche, Mathew Williamson and Tsumori Chisato are some of those fashion houses, which also showed their love for the mauve eye makeup trend for spring.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Mauve Eye Makeup

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Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #8: Bold Blue Eye Makeup

Bright and bold blue eye still takes the center stage in the array of spring/ summer 2015 makeup trends, becoming an ideal alternative for all those, who seem not to like the new mauve eye makeup trend. Especially incredible was the blue eye makeup done by makeup artist Tom Pecheux for Elie Saab, where he layered various azure shades on the upper and lower lids of the models coming up with an uber wow-worthy outcome. At Honor bright blue eyeshadow was used to create graphic cat eye makeup, while the Emanuel Ungaro models walked down the catwalk wearing carelessly smudged light blue eyeshadow all over their upper and lower lids. Holly Fulton kept it simplistic applying a light blue eye pencil to the waterline of the models, while Jean Paul Gaultier demonstrated a gradient blue eye makeup that screamed for attention.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Blue Eye Makeup

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #9: Sultry Smokey Eyes

Can we ever do without that sultry, mysterious smokey eye makeup? Hardly, and makeup artists know this well, each season bringing fresh and cool options of smokey eye makeup, including this spring and summer. While Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford and others showed the classiest and most timeless ways of wearing smokey eyes using black and brown shades, some other fashion houses decided to go for unconventional colors and styles for this makeup trend. Thus, at Giorgio Armani makeup artist Linda Cantello mixed grayish and metallic accents with earth shades coming up with a striking look that was harmoniously matched with the sandy-colored lips, the bushy brows and the pale skin tone of the models. At Roberto Cavalli Pat McGrath mixed three different shades ” brown, gray and silver ” coming up with a dramatic smokey eye look that was in a perfect harmony with the perfected nude skin. At Giles, Lucia Pieroni created an inverted smokey eye makeup look using a grayish green eyeshadow, while the makeup artists of Felder and Felder matched the barely there classic smokey accents with the heavily emphasized yellow lower lash line. Effective enough, huh?

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Smokey Eye Makeup

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Smokey Eye Makeup

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #10: Expressive Eyelashes

As the majority of spring/ summer 2015 makeup trends reveal eyes are the focus of almost any makeup style. So if that’s not something extraordinary and interesting created through the use of eyeliner and eyeshadow, than it’s all about mascara! So many makeup artists used colored mascara to make a big statement, while others tried to pinch the lashes together applying ordinary black mascara for the sixties vibe. This way, we have the white eyelashes of Hood by Air matched with translucent contact lenses, the blue lashes of Martin Grant and the black dolly lashes of DSquared2.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Expressive Eyelashes

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #11: Passionate Flaming Red Lips

For all those who prefer to place the focus on the lips rather than the eyes, the spring/ summer 2015 beauty trends bring the timeless and passionate red hues. Thus red lips were the focus of the Burberry Prorsum show, where Wendy Rowe dusted the lips with translucent powder in order to give the perfect matte effect to the lips, as well as to soften the edges. Makeup artist Hannah Murray also created a cool effect for red lips at Topshop Unique, giving them a blurred stain that was reminiscent of the seventies style. A diffused red lip was also the focus of the Andrew Gn show, while Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultier demonstrated luscious glossy red lips. We also love the matte red lips spotted at Zac Posen and Betsey Johnson.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Red Lips

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Red Lips

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #12: Berry Cherry Lips

For an even bolder statement, you can go for wine-stained berry cherry lips, which are equally trendy this spring. Especially striking were the deep berry lips of Dolce & Gabbana, which were diffused around the edges for a sophisticated look, looking so harmonious with the passionate red flower hair accessories used. A similar technique was also used at No. 21, where we again saw slightly smudged and blurred berry lips. At Trussardi the berry lips of the models had a crimson coloring that looked absolutely lovely.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Berry Cherry Lips

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trend #13: Bright and Light Lips

In addition to the red and cherry lips, the runway shows also presented other trendy lipstick shades, both light and bright in order to target any taste and preference. Talking about the most passionate bright lip shades, we should first of all mention those pops of orange, as spotted at Tanya Taylor, Richard Chai Love, Sibling, Christophe Guillarme and Missoni, in case of which makeup artist Lucia Pieroni mixed a red lipstick shade with a pinkish hue, creating a depth of color that stunned. Bright pink lips were the focus of Aquilano.Rimondi and Carolina Herrera.

On the other hand, some makeup artists decided to keep the lips subtle and creative, quite often playing with diffusing effects. This was the exact case of Erdem and Naeem Khan, where a hardly visible stain of pink brightened the inner portions of the lips. Moschino is one of the fashion houses that brought the classic light lip trend, using a pastel pink shade for the ultimate dolly appearance of the models.

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Bright Lips

Spring/ Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: Light Lips

The spring/ summer 2015 makeup trends prove to be diverse and interesting enough to meet the beauty demands of any makeup guru and modern fashioniser. Makeup is the best friend of any woman and these lovely makeup trends are more than friends, since they can reveal the secret beauty recipe for you for looking stunning and impeccable on any occasion!

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Written by Armine Karapetyan
Armine is the founder of website-design-los-angeles.com and an avid fashion lover. When she's not busy examining the latest fashion trends and news, she's exploring a new style for herself or is pursuing new adventures and dreams. Find her on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.