Think rose golds and blush hues that dress the skin with luminosity for a supreme glow—beauty that moves at the speed of life.

Although M·A·C is not a brand to shy away from a bold palette, the house shows us that sometimes less is more. Featuring ready-to-wear hues that are anything but basic—Future M·A·C is one of those rare collections that is equal parts pared down, yet polished. Ideal for commissioning a spring to summer glow, these neutral metallics flaunt warm weather looks that don’t require an afterthought. Here are two minimalist trends to try for picnic days that are decidedly on point.


The neutral smoky eye

M.A.C Nano Nude Eyeshadow Quad houses wet/dry shadows with a mineralized sheen. The matte shades are perfect for the 9-to-5, while the accent shade offers a gilded overlay for a weekend options. For daytime, a dry brush application ensures a softly smoked-out look, while a damp brush amplifies the intensity and texture to a foiled finish.

THE TREND: With longer days and lighter hues, a smokey eye can look slightly out of place. Reinvent this classic technique by opting for a updated version of your current palette. Pink eyeshadow is the de rigueur shade that’s surprisingly wearable. For a look that’s more Balmain than Barbie, choose a rose hue with nude undertones for a muted glow. A sophisticated pink brightens the eyes, while the nude pigment offers a subtle definition—borrowed from contouring techniques.

TO TRY: Start by sweeping the darkest shade over the lashline for a simplified cut crease look. For depth without the drama layer in the opposite direction—darkest to lightest, from lashline to the crease—to ensure that the shades are diffused for the most natural finish. For ultra-dimension, layer the gold pearl lustre onto the center of the eyelid to highlight. Repeat on lower lashline as desired.


The (new) rules of strobing

A radiant complexion is just the right accessory to offset the warmer weather. Foolproof your strobing routine with a singular product: M.A.C Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish. A trifecta of skin-enhancing shades that are baked to perfection—traditional rose gold and coral hues are updated with a shot of silver that’s unerringly modern. The light-reflecting shades can be applied individually or swirled together for a next generation glow.

THE TREND: Unmistakably, strobing is here to stay. Skip the contour, and instead, sculpt your face with light. Apply over a tinted moisturizer or cushion foundation for an uncomplicated summer sheen. Gently tap on cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the nose bridge, while avoiding the T-zone. Dust a light layer over the brow bone for a glow that travels with you, no filter necessary.

TO TRY: Best applied with the brand’s duo fibre brushes (M.A.C 187 or 188). This multi-tasker can be used as a blush, eyeshadow, or a highlighting powder. To customize your shade, swirl the rose gold and coral for a warmer glow and natural luminizer. To amplify the look, mix the coral and silver for a pale-cool highlighter that’s nothing short of complexion magic.


Load up on SPF and don’t forget to include these skin refiners.

Our summertime visions of sangria and poolside moments are disrupted by smudged makeup, or sunburnt skin—which is never a pretty sight. The trick to making your makeup last all day is solid skin prep to ensure that your face is being protected from the sun and soothed from the heat. Slay the outdoor elements with these essential botanical skincare steps. Effortlessly transition into summer with skin loving ingredients of coco(nut) and rose—decidedly Pantone’s 2016 color of the year—for your beauty wardrobe refresh.


Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist

There’s a reason why roses have always been the most sought after scent: consider its place in medieval and early modern iconography and its present day associations with fragrance and beauty. It’s coming up roses—from blush tones to your face mist—and Herbivore Botanicals is the brand that gets it. Offering a fresh interpretation of this prized botanical, the allure of the rose is reimagined into something more modern.

This hydrating facial mist layers rose and hibiscus over a base of coconut water and aloe that’s perfect for refreshing the skin after cleansing or masking. The best part: Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist is all-natural, and crafted with pure, organic ingredients that work flawlessly both under or over makeup. This multi-mister also works as a soothing finishing spray that’s packed with antioxidants and botanical extracts to reduce redness and imbue the skin with moisture.

SPA VIBE: the feeling of reclining onto a bed of roses, captured in a minimalist glass decanter.

BEST FOR: after a long-haul flight, poolside companion, or afternoons in the city.

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