Beauty Trends: Spring/summer 2012

By  April 11, 2012
Alberta Ferretti S12 sported athletic inspired make-up

Hey Sporty! At Alberta Ferretti SS12 Diane Kendal for MAC created "beautiful girls" with an athletic edge

Backstage at the spring/summer 2012 shows everyone seemed a little giddy. The make-up teams bounced from metallic eyes to smouldering, smoky creations to braving no mascara looks – they had some serious courage on that day – before applying crayola-esque shades to lips and lids. They even borrowed from the boys and plastered big, bushy brows across the daintiest of heads. But fear-not ladies, each of the looks was in fact a step away from the masculinity of last season and a step towards unrestricted girlie beauty.

Welcome to the spring/summer 2012 beauty trends…

Hey sporty!

Has the beauty pack been rubbing shoulders with sports stars this season? Swapping glitz for a super-fresh, invigorated and healthy glow, the looks radiated ‘I’ve just returned from the athletics track’ feeling. Seen at Christopher Kane, Altuzarra, Alberta Ferretti and Alexander Wang, this is the look to team with your wedge-trainers.

Discover more sporty looks here

Minimal does it

Beauty essentials made a play for the limelight at Missoni, Givenchy and Proenza Schouler. Created using a slick of lip conditioner, a sweep of powder and a touch of blush, stripped-back beauty was the look du jour.


Backstage at Christopher Kane and Giles Lucia Pieroni added a defining touch to feminine faces with brushed-up brows. We love!

See the brows from the shows here

Colour me in

Was someone let loose with the rainbow? Adorning lips, bright blue, grassy green and wine-stained fuchsia stole the show at Mary Katrantzou and Prabal Gurung. Perfectly applied, this array of colours was anything but boring. But it didn’t stop there. Colours swept up towards brows at Vivienne Westwood and across the face at Manish Arora.

Intrigued? See the extreme colour looks here


Quirky liner and a clever use of false lashes created the cutest of spring/summer 2012 trends: cat eyes. Seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Richard Nicoll and Jonathan Saunders, this feline look is sure to be a street hit due to how easy it is to recreate.

See spring/summer’s feline posse here

Barely there

Skin radiated rather than hiding behind masks at the shows, refreshing our make-up bags for the season. In fact, this look was often joined by bare lashes and just a hint of blush on cheeks. Get ready to bare all this season.

Find out how to do barely there here

The metallic fete

Be it bronze, silver or gold beauty palettes showcased their love for metallics. Much like a game of two halves. the first witnessed ore coloured highlighters sweeping-up cheek bones, whilst the other, was all about drama. Applied to lids and beyond, gold glitter took centre stage.

Discover more about the regal shimmer here