When it comes to summer beauty, the key is to work with and not against the elements such as sunshine, heat, and humidity. You should also take into consideration your hot-weather activities like lounging by the beach, lounging by the pool, lounging on a boat …. We’ve scoured the runways from the 2016 Spring/Summer fashion shows worldwide to pick our favorite beauty trends that look effortless — because, well they are effortless.
THE WET LOOK
It’s back! This year’s wet-look styles, unlike their 80s predecessors, are anything but sleek and rigid. They’re textured and carefully messy. It’s so easy to do: comb a high-gloss, firm-hold gel through your locks — we recommend Bumble + bumble Gel or Oribe Curl Gloss — then braid sections of it while the gel sets. Unbraid to create that perpetually-out-of-the-pool look.
THAT HEALTHY GLOW
Ditch those contouring creams and your Beauty Blender for now, and embrace the endless-summer complexion. The skin tone should be even, reflecting the light and with a barely-there flush on the cheekbones, creating an ethereal glow. Do this in minutes with our summer must-have, the Smashbox Lit-From-Within Trio, which contains Photo Finish Luminizing Primer, a Halo Highlighting Wand, and Soft Lights Shimmer in Prism.
PEACH, PINK & ORANGE EYES
Nope, these colors are not just for lips and cheeks anymore — as we learned from watching the runways of Altuzarra, Erdem, Lanvin and more. The trick is to go sheer and light with vivid pigments and to use primer for staying power. Our makeup artists swear by Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lid Primer.
BRAIDS FOR DAYS
It’s not as if braids are really a trend anymore … but Summer 2016 is all about upping your braid game, and switching it up. Whether you’re weaving braids into a messy updo (like they did at Valentino) or going rigid with a long rope braid (like they did at Gucci and Public School), your options are limited only by your braiding skills. Hit some YouTube tutorials to pick up new techniques — or better yet, ask any Progressions salon stylist for a new braided look and get a private lesson while you’re at it.
Even if you’re dressing down your hair, Summer 2016 calls for you to dress it back up with bold, eye-catching accessories including bands, barrettes, brooches and tiaras. Dolce & Gabbana did it … so did Rodarte … so did Saint Laurent … and so can you. The trick? No trick. Pick what you like and wear it how you like! (Psst … the Progressions salon store carries killer hair baubles — check them out when you’re visiting.)
Remember, summer chic can’t be minimalist or effortless if you don’t have great foundations such as healthy skin and healthy hair. If you’re lacking in either of those departments, there’s plenty of time for you to consult with a Progressions salon stylist or esthetician to repair any damage, restore health, and usher in summer … confidently and beautifully.