By Jenna Catherine
Want to know what brands are ahead of the colour trends for 2016? We have you covered!
In 2015 the Pantone colour ‘Marsala’ was brought into the limelight: a rich wine red that was perfect for that ubiquitous “Kylie Jenner Lip.” But Marsala’s time is up now with spring on the way, and Pantone has introduced new, softer shades for the new season including hues of peach, pink and blue.
For the first time in history, Pantone has made it easy to follow makeup trends by pairing up with Sephora to create a collection (as seen in the pic, above) that beautifully reflects what’s bound to be hot for spring. Thing is – not a single product there is natural or organic. But never fear: we’ve picked our favourite Spring Makeup with Pantone ‘s hottest shades to ensure your makeup look is bang-on-trend.
Get girlishly pretty with Rose Quartz, a gentle tone that is composed yet compassionate. Don’t fear the ‘Barbie doll’ effect with these shades – these are softly sensual without being sickly sweet.
Red Apple Lipstick Dusty Rose (top right)
Newly released for Winter 2016 is the lip liner in Dusty Rose. It’s the perfect shade to match with all of your now trendy rose lipsticks. Red Apple’s lip liners are all natural, hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty free.
Ilia Beauty Tenderly (bottom left)
Enjoy multi-use products? This multi-stick in Tenderly is a beautiful light pink with blue undertones is the perfect mix of Rose Quartz and Serenity. It can be worn on the cheeks or lips. TIP: Afraid to wear such a light colour on the lips? Place this colour on the inner parts of the lip to create an ombre, which will make your lips appear fuller.
Hynt Beauty Perfetto Shadow (top right)
Prefer a pressed shadow? Whether you are heading to the office or out for cocktails, the PERFETTO Pressed Eye Shadow Single in Pink Quartz, will add a pop of colour. Place it in the inner corner of the eye for a brightened effect, or all over the lid for more drama. Hynt Beauty shadows are vegan, free from toxins, petrochemicals.
Deborah Lippmann La Vie En Rose (top left)
Prefer a little shimmer? The Limited Edition nail lacquer, La Vie En Rose reminds me of the perfect daydream. It’s soft and rosy with a hint of shimmer that is pure delight on the nail. So fitting and perfectly soft and feminine.
100% Pure Rose Quartz (below)
Newly released for 2016, this lip gloss in Rose Quartz, isn’t just any gloss. This gloss contains the semi precious gemstones, Australian Opal, Moonstone, and Sunstone. It will give your lips a gorgeous sparkle! All of 100% Pure’s products are coloured from fruit pigments, so they are guaranteed safe and pure.
Finally, if you are going to change up just one thing in your beauty routine for 2016, make the focus your lips! You certainly won’t want to be without this colour. Desire is the perfect warm rosy pink, and the ingredients are pure luxury. Siren Lipsticks contain pomegranate oil and rose buds that give this lipstick a silky moisture-rich feel, that is rich in colour and quality. This colour is sure to be coveted by beauty enthusiasts around the world!
Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity suits blondes perfectly.
RMS Beauty Inspire (below)
Blue metallic with hints of silver is as airy as a clear blue sky, this eye polish in Inspire will give a glossy look to the eye that is flattering and youthful. This glowing, light reflective finish is made with nourishing certified organic ingredients that makes it double as an eye cream. There is nothing better than skincare and makeup combined!
Priti NYC Bahamas Nail Polish (below)
Prefer to add a touch of colour to your fingertips? Priti NYC is no ordinary nail lacquer. Their Bahamas nail polish (second from left, below) is a perfect Pantone match and its fast-drying, long lasting formula that is also free of the top 5 carcinogens found in ordinary nail polish. Skip the drugstore, and get the Serenity blues with this vegan friendly formula, available online everywhere.
Julep Isabela (top right)
Prefer to add colour to your fingertips? Julep Isabela is no ordinary nail lacquer. The most beautiful Amparo blue crème boasts a breakthrough Oxygen Technology that ensures a fast-drying, long lasting formula that is also free of the top 5 carcinogens found in ordinary nail polish. It’s a vegan friendly formula that contains nail strengthening green coffee extract.
Lavera Naturkosmetik Blue Galaxy (top left)
This multi-toned eyeshadow in Blue Galaxy will add depth and dimension to your eyes. Especially beautiful on brown or hazel eyes, it can be applied dry or with a drop of water to intensify the colour. The shimmer is from all natural minerals, and it’s formulated without harming any animals, making it vegan and cruelty free.
Scotch Naturals Caleigh (bottom left)
The very safest of all nail polishes are water based, have no nasty scent, and are completely safe for all ages. This describes Scotch Naturals to a T. Totally 5 free, this polish is vegan, gluten free, and toxin free. Now if that doesn’t make you want to dance a jig, this polish in ‘Caleigh’ certainly will!
Zuii Organic Seafoam (bottom center)
Seafoam? I’m sensing a trend here with these colours. Doesn’t this put you right on the ocean…? Vegan and certified organic these eyeshadows are full of natural vitamins and minerals. TIP: Do you have blue eyes, and usually pass on blue eyeshadow? Embrace the trend by wearing a blue eyeshadow that is either darker or lighter in colour than your natural eye colour.
Habit Cosmetics Belle Époque (bottom right)
Taking us right back to the Belle Époque is this lovely lavender-blue. It contains myrrh extract, which naturally strengthens the nail. 5 free, vegan, and cruelty free this crème finish will take you throughout the entire year.
Dark and mysterious with a touch of Goth about it, shades that reflect Snorkel Blue are great for a big night out. Makes all kinds of complexions ranging from Celtic to African look uber-glamorous!
Axiology Beauty Blue Lipstick (top left)
Feeling a little daring? This deep blue will rock your world, and turn heads. Not for the faint at heart, this formula is vegan, all natural, and keeps lips soft for hours on end. Axiology prides themselves for being free of palm oils and in fact donated 6% of profits in 2015 to the Orangutan Foundation. Dedicated to beauty and saving the planet, makes this blue lipstick our top choice for 2016.
Pacifica Beauty Aquarian Gaze Mascara (top right)
A cult favourite, is the Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara. This formula doesn’t budge. From the pool to the beach, to special events, you can be guaranteed that this mascara will hold up. Choose the colour Deep to create a contrast and really brighten the whites of your eyes.
Kjaer Weis Blue Wonder (center)
Blue Wonder, this deep rich blue is extremely flattering and will work for all eye colours and skin tones. Not to mention this lux refillable packaging is to die for. Made in Italy, this eyeshadow contains nothing artificial, is vegan, not tested on animals, and is certified organic.
Hynt Beauty Sweet Midnight (bottom left)
Sweet Midnight is the best all around blue eyeshadow palette. It contains a medium shade, a darker blue for the outer corner, and the more neutral shade, perfect for blending in the crease. Made with jojoba oil, these eyeshadows smooth and moisturize preventing dryness. Vegan and all natural, the PERFETTO Pressed Eye Shadows are some of the best in green beauty.
Trust Fund Beauty Got Yacht? (bottom right)
Money, mansions, and fast cars… that’s what Got Yacht? is all about. Sounds perfect for the fun navy that Pantone intended Snorkel Blue to be. Fun aside, this formula is free of all of the nasty chemicals, vegan and cruelty free,
Mocha shades are a beauty staple, and suit almost any skin type. Most organic beauty brands have quite a few products in this shade, be they eye shadows, blushers or lipsticks. Here’s my pick of the best.
Hynt Beauty Blonde Eyebrow Definer (top left)
Ready, set, brows! This Blonde eyebrow definer is perfect for those with light brows, but don’t fret, Hynt Beauty has a vast colour selection from light to dark, to help define and smooth your brows into shape. A well-defined brow can actually make you appear younger, did you know that? Tip: Use a slanted brush to define the edges of the brow, and then fill in with short strokes to mimic little hairs.
Dr. Hauschka 04 lipstick (top right)
Argan oil makes this lipstick ultra rich and moisturizing, and the colour 04 nature shimmer will last all day. Free from synthetic preservatives, it’s made from raw organic ingredients, and it’s also considered fair trade. This colour paired with a neutral eye is perfect for daytime, or add some drama with a smokey eye to take it to make heads turn and jaws drop.
RGB Nail Polish Toast (center)
Looking for the perfect neutral that will go with any outfit? Look no further. Toast by RGB is a modern taupe. The formula is 5-free, vegan and cruelty free will work whether you are a fashionista or minimalist. The chip-resistant formula makes it perfect for no fuss, high shine nails.
Lily Lolo Laid Bare (bottom left)
This eyeshadow palette in Laid Bare describes the Pantone colour, Iced Coffee perfectly. From dark roast to light, you will find it all right here. 100% natural, vegan, non-GMO, and organic, this palette is perfect for the even the extreme purist. The compact is sleek and ideal for all of your planned travels this year, but doesn’t sacrifice on performance. Blendable and silky, they are the perfect addition to any makeup lovers collection.
Ilia Beauty Sweet Jane (bottom right)
Sometimes black liner can be, well a little harsh, but not Sweet Jane. Sweet Jane is creamy and bendable. Shea and coconut butters make it healing and help protect the eye area. TIP: For a quick no fuss look, trace the lash line and gently smudge upwards. This will create a soft but defined eye. For a more sultry look, do the same to the bottom lash line.
Peachy shades look amazing on blondes, but also enhance darker skin -imagine wearing these products in the summer with a tan!
Lisa Noto Burberry Blusher (top left)
Cremeuse et compact, Burberry is peach perfection. Made from organic plants, containing antioxidants, this colour boasts a beautiful hue that can be worn year round. Perfect for bringing to life dull Winter skin, or perking up Spring and Summer cheeks.
Treat Collection Dazed (center top)
Dazed describes exactly how I felt when I laid eyes on this lipstick. This colour will pair perfectly with anything Snorkel Blue. A blue eyeshadow and a peach lip is classic and sophisticated. This colour is lightweight and moisturizing and contains natural UV protection, making not only a jaw dropper, but also good for you.
Tata Harper Very Vivacious (top right)
When I think luxury, Tata Harper certainly ranks at the top of my list. This Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Vivacious will give a pop of colour that looks natural and youthful. It contains Spanish Lavender and Lipoamino Acid Technology to promote a plump, volumized appearance.
W3LL People Grapefruit (bottom left)
A long time favourite of mine is the Bio Extreme Lipgloss in Grapefruit. The natural winter mint and spearmint blend makes it a lip gloss/breath freshener all in one. This coral peach has a slight golden shimmer, and contains coconut, aloe and grapeseed oils that will sooth lips and add shine.
RMS Beauty Saturated (bottom right)
Smile! Saturated and luxurious, this polish will give a professional finish and it’s made to be free of harmful chemicals. Enjoy this colour? It also comes in a matching lip and cheek tint.
Juice Beauty Blushers (below)
Smile! Saturated and luxurious, Juice’s blusher/bronzers come in a variety of peachy shades. These mineral based compacts are free of harmful chemicals and give a professional finish – no wonder they’re endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow!