Colour was undoubtedly the standout star of SS12 with punchy pop colours stealing focus all over the fashion globe. No rainbow shade was exempt from the kaleidoscope, with colours from bright cerise to chartreuse and violet all used to eye-blinding effect on eyes, lips and even hair. Riding high on this crest of colour, orange stood out as the shade to copy this season, with peach, apricot and mango being among the most favoured thanks to their ability to flatter almost every skin tone. When it came to skin, the tropical mind-set continued apace with make-up artists opting for complexions that glowed with iridescence.
This season skin was slicked in gloss and sheen to add a 3D edge to faces. Val Garland summed it up best at Preen where she described complexions as ‘hot and Mediterranean’ and ‘pulsing with life’ - to create this she relied a cocktail of finely milled powder, concealer and lightly tinted gloss, which was all expertly buffed into skin. Elsewhere models at Dolce & Gabbana, Nina Ricci and Antonio Berardi all displayed similarly flawless, glowing skin.