It's Time To Get Real, Free, Wet And Warm | Clozette

“What company takes you to an island resort?” asked Gregory Arlt, Global Director for Makeup Artistry at MAC Cosmetics. 

On February 6, we were whisked away from the confines of our work places and transported to the beautiful Shangri-La Mactan resort in Cebu to witness the presentation of MAC’s Spring/Summer 2017 trends.

The presentation was done in a tent a few feet from the sea, which proved to be an apt location as the upcoming trends and releases from the brand dared people to return to what feels more natural to us — less of the heavy, more of the raw (yes, "raw," we'll explain in a bit). With that said, what looks should you be sporting now that the cold is slowly starting to leave us? Here’s a guide.



Gregory Arlt demonstrating the "Real" trend on model Stephanie Zubiri. The look is au naturel with a bold lip.

Say goodbye to heavy, Instagram-inspired looks. It’s back to basics with a bold twist. For spring and summer, it’s all about getting real. Unfiltered, unpretentious, and easy are just a few words to take note of. In line with this, MAC will be releasing a new face colour called “Next to Nothing,” which aims to let you be as comfortable with as little makeup as possible. 


Arlt giving singer-actress Karylle coloured lashes — a staple in the "Free" trend.  

Fans of colour will not be left behind as MAC also sees the resurgence of 80’s beauty trends. It’s time to cast away your inhibitions and start embracing colour — everywhere. Put some on your eyelids, eyelashes, cheeks and lips. MAC will be releasing mascaras and eye colours in bright hues



Arlt gives Miss World 2013 Megan Young glossy lids. 

While strobing is still a hit among many, powders will take a backseat. Liquids and emollients are the way to go to achieve a more natural-looking glow. Perfecting the glow of your base is always a good place to start. For this, you can mix your favourite foundation with the Care Blends Essential Oils. Put some Clear Gloss on top of your eyeshadow, and you’ll have a look that’s not only great for pictures but also eye-catching in real life.


Arlt making model-actress Bianca Manalo look like a bronze goddess.

Embrace the warmer weather brought by spring and summer and show it on your face. Opt for hues that are fiery and feisty for a feminine take on a sunkissed look. Glow with bronze hues on your cheeks, peach tones on your lids, and make sure to swipe on some hot hues of red and orange on your lips. MAC Lipglass, which will have a new packaging, has a huge variety of hues to choose from.


Watch out for new MAC releases you can use to achieve these beauty trends when they hit stores in June.



It's that time of the year again to say goodbye to burgundies and browns and say hello to cheeky pops of colours for spring. Now, it can be exciting to start playing with rich and fun colours, especially on our lids, to celebrate the time of blooming and rebirth, but overdoing it can sometimes lead to an MOTD-isaster. 

So to make sure your peepers will look perfect this season, here are the colours you should try on your lids and the best ways to wear them. 


Blue green

It can come off as too strong for your base colour if the look you're going for is for a typical date night, but taking a hint from this year's Pantone colour, this darker variety is perfect for replacing the deep colours you used during fall and winter for your smoked crease. 

Orchid purple

Bloom with the flowers this season with this bright shade of purple. Perfect for people who want to highlight their eyes or frame their face better, match this eye look with a neutral nude lippie for a well-balanced look. 


Dark salmon

(Photo from: fionaseah)

If you're going for a more subtle look but still want that fresh spring vibe, this colour is for you. Give your lids a quick sweep, or thinly smoke out your lashline with this colour for an MOTD that screams fun and sweet. 

Shimmery champagne

(Photo from: KireiMakeup)

As beautiful as it is, this shade is often used as a transition colour and nothing more. But this time, why not give its shimmery variant a try? If going too bold for spring is not your cup of tea or if you prefer to focus more on your lips, this colour gives your peepers a nice pop without being overpowering.


Sunset pink

(Photo from: Perinsidhu)

Still don't want to let go of bold burgundy eyes from last season? Switch it up just a bit with this shade! Exude edginess and intensity with its warm and deep tones but still have the subtle vibe from the pink to balance out the look, making it a wearable even during spring. 


Loved these eyeshadow colours? Don't forget to give your nails a spring makeover too with these looks!



What are you wearing on your digits this summer? In collaboration with Vanitee – and their Top Artist of the first Vanitee Awards 2016 in the nail category, Patricia Phan – we took inspiration from the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion runways and recreated three nail art looks in varying difficulty levels to help you flex your creative muscles.

Watch the video, then keep reading to take a closer glance at the three looks. Plus, just for our Singapore readers only: enjoy up to SGD15 off all beauty services on Vanitee using the code CLOZETTE50 (offer ends 31 March 2017)!


Nail Trend 1: New Metallics

As seen at: 3.1 Philip Lim

(Photo from: iMaxTree)


Nail Trend 2: Greenery

As seen at: Alicia + Olivia

(Photo from: iMaxTree)


Nail Trend 3: Coloured Tips & Cuticles

As seen at: Tanya Taylor

(Photo from: iMaxTree)