S/S 14 beauty trends and an interview with Maybelline makeup artist

Spring may seem far away but beauty trends from the Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week have emerged on the catwalk to get our faces ready for some better weather.

The colours of candy seem to be making their way to our lips this Spring with shades of neon orange and bright berry. This Spring/Summer you can forget about your statement necklaces because it’s all about the statement lids whether you’re pulling off the cat-eye trend or shading with geometric blue.

Maybelline makeup artist, Kirsten Bassett, gives us her tips on how to apply each trend and her favourite ways to style each style to its best.



Orange Lipstick

There was no shortage of designers opting for various shades of orange on their models’ lips. Designers including Donna Karan, Christian Siriano and DKNY were fans of this fruity lipstick shade.  DKNY Makeup artists mixed Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange and Neon Red to create their perfect shade. Rag & Bone (top) used an electric shade which proves a brighter shade can be flattering on a range of skin tones. Dsquared2 (bottom) used a more tropical coral shade to create a modern take on a 50’s vintage look.

Over to Miss Basset…

“My favourite beauty trend for Spring/Summer 14 is the bold orange lip. It’s the new red lip.

Orange shades are everywhere and I particularly love how much variety there is in this colour. There is a shade to suit everyone and they are all modern and wearable.

Orange lips can be worn matte or glossed.

My favourite look is a matte orange lip as the focus, with minimal eye makeup and a strong brow to balance the face. This look works best on dark haired models with naturally strong/full brows.”

Her tips:

  • Always use a brush to apply lip colour with precision
  • Use a lighter shade in the centre of the lips to give the illusion of a plumper lip
  • Apply lip liner in a matching colour over the entire lip to make the lips last longer
  • Blot for a slightly matte finish or add a clear lip gloss for more of a shine




Blue Eyeshadow

A solid blue shade will give statement to your eye lids from lash line to the crease. Peacock and royal blue were showcased on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week.  At Marc by Marc Jacobs, models wore a rich solid blue shade created with Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour in ice, patted onto lids, and topped with a layer of the Curacao shade from the Shiseido Eye Colour Bar Compact. David Koma (right) proved how royal blue can look just as good as black in a cut out flick look.

Over to Miss Bassett…

“Blue eyes have been the focus for a lot of designers both at London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week.

Bold shades like peacock and royal blue were everywhere from Marc Jacobs to Zoe Jordan varying from subtle liner to full blown eyeshadow.

During London Fashion Week with Maybelline, I created a subtle and flattering way to wear blue that can suit almost anybody. This look was a cat eye flick using blue instead of black.

I used colour tattoo in electric blue with an illamasqua angled brush for the perfect flick.

Her tips:

  • Keep the rest of the makeup to a minimum to keep this look modern and not like an 80’s revival
  • Use blue shades for cat eye flicks too
  • Pat eyeshadow on to eye lids to create a crescent above the creases
  • Layer powdery blue shades to create a disco-like look


Cat-eye trend

It’s time to bring out the black liquid liner because cat-eyes are back again and big for the Spring. The cat eyes were a key feature on the catwalk for Tracy Reese and Dennis Basso’s collection.  As seen in Anthony Vaccarello (top) cut out flicks in a geometric liner give a very modern twist on the cat-eye/ liner look.

Over to Miss Bassett…

“I love cat eyes. Liner flicks will always be in fashion so it’s good to master a precise flick.

The key is a good brush- I love illamasqua angled brush for creating a precise flick. During LFWE I used this to apply lasting drama gel liner (my preferred type of eye liner).

Once you’ve mastered that you can experiment with different cat eye effects- experiment with other liners such as kohl and blend out of the lids for more impact.”


  • Use a good angled brush to create a precise flick
  • Use a thin cotton swab dipped in makeup remover to get a clean line
  • Experiment with different eye liners
  • Blend out of the lids for more impact

Kirsten Basset said: “My favourite beauty trend for Spring/Summers 14 is the orange lip and geometric eyes but not worn together of course. I love bold, simple, block colours and graphic lines, and the versatility of the two looks.”

So say hello to Spring with these new beauty trends and get experimenting!