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SS24 beauty trends: Alex Steinherr reveals the season’s key hair and makeup looks

Electric-hued nails, ‘jelly’ cheeks, unstructured brows… Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr unveils the major new beauty trends

The SS24 beauty trends offer up a wealth of hair and makeup inspiration. Whether it’s Pat McGrath’s viral porcelain doll make-up, the renaissance of the elegant hair bow or a midnight blue spin on the smokey eye, The Glossary‘s Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr shares the key hair and makeup looks, techniques and products to have on your radar this summer.

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The New SS24 Beauty Trends

Glass Skin

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Pat McGrath for Maison Margiela SS24

The ‘glass skin’ that Pat McGrath created for the porcelain doll look at the Maison Margiela SS24 couture show in Paris went viral earlier this year and is a key SS24 beauty trend. To create the super-shiny, otherworldly effect, the visionary makeup artist used a secret formula sprayed onto the model’s skin, followed by a combination of peel-off masks and a clear face gloss for the theatricality. Rumour has it that Pat is planning to launch her own product soon to achieve smooth, reflective glass skin. Until then, to create a more wearable version at home try a hydrating serum like Fjor Hydrolytic Serum (£97). It is formulated with peptides, hyaluronic acid and collagen but, importantly, it’s also a little bit tacky to give skin that ultra-shine before you apply your makeup on top.

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FJOR

Hydrolytic Serum
£97

The Italian Bob

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Zendaya at the NAACP Image Awards. @zendaya

I’ve seen a lot of choppy, glossy bobs recently. To get the full-bodied, bouncy, just-above-the shoulder Italian style, use a thickening spray for instant root lift, and rollers or a big barrel tong if you want voluminous sculpted waves. Finish off with Sam McKnight’s Love Me Do Nourishing Shine Oil (£32). What I love about this hair oil is that it is super lightweight, adding gloss and shine without affecting the movement of the hair.

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Sam McKnight

Love Me Do Nourishing Shine Oil
£32

Espresso Make Up​

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Patrick Ta

Espresso makeup is a move on from the latte makeup trend of  last year. Essentially, it’s a deeper shade of brown and more of a matte version of the look, especially around the eyes. There are different ways to achieve this. Using an eyeshadow stick is one – the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow in Cocoa (£28) is a lovely rich walnut brown, and Lisa Eldridge does a beautiful Seamless Glide Eye Pencil in a shade called Ground Coffee (£24). A few coats of a thickening mascara is key, too; I like Vieve Modern Mascara (£23).

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Laura Mercier

Caviar Stick Eye Shadow
£28

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Lisa Eldridge

Seamless Glide Eye Pencil
£24

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Vieve

Modern Mascara
£23

Balletcore

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@haileybieber

The balletcore beauty aesthetic continues to stay relevant. For me, it’s a combination of a perfectly velvety complexion with a baby pink powdery blush, elongated, lengthened lashes and a very light tint of lip balm. Start by using Sisley Phyto-Teint Perfection (£80), a high-coverage foundation that comes in 29 shades and gives a long-lasting semi-matte finish. A powder blusher, like Mac Glow Play Blush in the shade Cheeky Devil (£28), adds luminescence. Don’t worry about eyeshadow, just add lengthening mascara and a soft pink tinted lip balm, like Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifier (£42), for a fresh look.

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Sisley

Phyto-Teint Perfection
£80

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Mac

Glow Play Blush
£28

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Clé de Peau

Beauté Lip Glorifier
£42

The 90s supermodel lip

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@hoskelsa

The traditional 90s supermodel lip – a brown lip liner topped with gloss – is a SS24 beauty trend, as seen on the new generation of models including Kendall Jenner and Elsa Hosk. I’m replacing the gloss with a tinted lip oil – lip oils are having a huge moment. My favourites are Summer Fridays Dream Lip Oil in Rosewood Nights (£26) or Rhode Peptide Lip Tint in Toast (£16). A good lip liner is essential, too. I like the Makeup Forever Artist Color Pencil in Anywhere Caffeine (£19), it’s a really good mid-brown that suits a lot of skin tones.

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Summer Fridays

Dream Lip Oil
£26

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Rhode

Peptide Lip Tint
£16

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Makeup Forever

Artist Color Pencil
£19

Unstructured brows

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Dior Couture SS24

Thick, dark eyebrows look so dated now. This season it is all about subtly enhancing the natural shape that you’ve got, so it appears effortless. The best way to do this is either with a soft powder or a fine liner, whichever you prefer – Anastasia Beverly Hills do great brow products (try the Dipbrow Pomade, £19), as do Blink and also Refy, who do a buildable, dual-ended pomade and brush (£14). The trick I learnt from Anastasia Soare when choosing a brow powder or pencil is to always go a bit lighter than you think – we tend to veer towards darker but you should opt for a shade that is a couple of tones paler than your eyebrows for a much more natural look.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

Dipbrow Pomade
£19

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Refy

Pomade and brush
£14

Bows in the hair

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Dior Couture

The coquettish bow continues to be the must-have hair accessory in 2024, whether adorning a barrette or in the form of a long ribbon. It’s easy to see why, it’s such a versatile trend. Go more classic by tying a very simple velvet bow at the nape of your neck, which is deeply elegant. If you’re going out for the evening, it’s such a simple and quick way to dress up an outfit. I recommend going to a haberdashery like VV Rouleaux in Marylebone to buy a selection of velvet and grosgrain ribbons in different colours, so you can create a bow for any occasion.

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Jennifer Behr

Virginia Bow Barrette
£150

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Maison Michel

Wicole silk bow hair clip
£304

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Jennifer Behr

Francine Bow Barrette
£225

Bright nails

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Hermès

This Spring, nails are going graphic. Think full-on expression, almost electric flashes of colour. Hermès’ new SS24 nail collection offers three incredibly vibrant shades of nail polish (£48) – there’s an ultra-vivid blue, a deep purple and a bright orange. I would keep the nails quite square and short and just let the pop of colour do the talking.

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Hermès

Les Maines Hermès nail polish
Ultraviolet
£48

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Hermès

Les Maines Hermès nail polish
Orange Tonique
£48

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Hermès

Les Maines Hermès nail polish
Bleu Electrique
£48

Midnight blue eyes

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Charlotte Tilbury

This is a really fresh take on the classic black smokey eye and is such a beautiful evening look for Spring – the blue shimmer makes the eyes shine like jewels. Victoria Beckham Lid Lustre Shimmering Eyeshadow Pot in Midnight (£33) paired with Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Eyeliner in Navy Noir (£30) is an ideal combination. Personally, if you’re recreating this SS24 beauty trend, I would wear black mascara with this look, as blue might be excessive.

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Victoria Beckham

Lid Lustre Shimmering Eyeshadow Pot
£33

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Victoria Beckham

Satin Kajal Eyeliner
£30

Jelly Cheeks

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Patrick Ta

Ultra-glossed cheekbones have become a focal point of makeup this season. To create an all-over sheen, try Jones Road Miracle Balm (£36) for a naturally glowy finish and then build up the colour on the cheekbones by mixing a cream blush with a liquid highlighter (or you can use a liquid blush-highlighter hybrid). I suggest blending Saie Dew Blush (£20) and Rodial Glass Highlighter (£38) together to achieve that ultra-shiny jelly blush look. Choose a shade that suits your skin tone, but wear it really high up on the cheeks – the placement is definitely important. 

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Jones Road

Miracle Balm
£36

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Saie

Dew Blush
£20

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Rodial

Glass Highlighter
£38

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