Beauty update from Pretty Easy!

Summer Beauty… Bright Colours

Colour blocking is a particularly popular trend in clothes this year but it’s also de rigueur in the land of beauty, so if you’re a fan of bright shades then this is the time to play around!  Many cosmetic houses have taken the trend for show stopping colour to their hearts, bringing out collections filled to the brim with a variety of sweet shop inspired shades encompassing everything from warm reds to fresh citrus hues. Whether you choose to embrace the trend fully or keep things simple with a splash of accent colour there’s something for everyone in these new releases… 

Givenchy Acid Summer Collection

Elegant French fashion house Givenchy have cranked the volume right up when compared to their normal fare as the brand new Acid Summer collection is quite simply a hotbed of bright, eye catching neon shades to die for whether you want a splash of colour for lips or eyes. The amazing 9 colour eye palette houses highly pigmented, vibrant shades to suit all skin and eye tones whilst the lip glosses will give a serious pop of colour to your pout.

Benefit Bella Bamba 3D Blush

For spring/summer 2011, Benefit have just launched a brand new blusher called Bella Bamba, which is a beautiful watermelon colour laced with shimmering gold pigment to give your face a luminous, girlish glow.

The bright pink is perfect for bringing a sweet flush to cheeks and will pick up tones in blue and green eyes really well. It can also be used to give a little lift to sallow skin for an added brightness. Team with soft muted lips and black mascara for a romantic look or hot pink lips and lashings of liquid liner for a Debbie Harry 1970s punk feel. 

NARS Summer 2011 Collection

Never afraid to shy away from colour, NARS latest range promises to be another hit with the fashion pack as it contains the contrasting shades of bright tangerine for lips and high octane blue for eyes showcased in the trio Cap Ferrat. While we’re waiting for those to arrive, why not check out the versatile Soft Touch Pencils, which come in 3 different shades and can be used as an easy to blend eyeliner or cream shadow. 

MAC Wonder Woman

DC Comics and Marvel are enjoying quite the resurgence this year! With films The Green Hornet released this year and Captain America on the way, it seemed only fitting that the uber cool people at MAC cosmetics would jump on the band wagon with the only female character that managed to kick her way into the nations hearts – Wonder Woman. Totally kitsch but totally fun, the packaging is inspired but Wonder Woman’s outfit of red, yellow and blue so get yourself down to MAC this spring and enjoy the bright colours on offer! 


Urban Decay “Fun Palette”

Trendy yet affordable brand Urban Decay released the much coveted Naked palette last year and have followed it up with the rather lovely trio of “Fun”, “Feminine” and “Dangerous” ones this year. Fun is by far the most inspiring as it contains 6 vibrant colours as well as a limited edition eye primer and comes with an eyeliner as well to complete the look.

Nail Colour

Nail varnish is a cheap and cheerful way to keep your self up to date with the fashion pack, especially when it comes to seasonal trends rather than investment colours. The best variety of shades tend to come from high street brands like Barry M, Rimmel and Andrea Fulerton which all come in under €7 meaning you won’t be left with any buyer’s remorse, yay! If you’re looking to invest in a nail varnish then Chanel’s “Riva” form their Cote d’Azur collection is being heralded as the new “it shade” for nails this summertime.

By Sarah Lanagan

Pretty Easy Blog


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