The new neon

Designer Christopher Kane has teamed up with NARS – and the make-up is as bright and beautiful as his fashion

It’s one of those hook-ups that fashion and beauty lovers dream of – London-based fashion star Christopher Kane, and Nars, bringing us beyond-the-trend beauty since 1996. For this limited edition collection, just arrived in store, Kane has worked on a “retrospective” look at his own brand, celebrating its key signatures – most memorably neon. “Neon is a huge part of the Christopher Kane identity, so much so that it has become a neutral,” the designer explains. “In order to truly express the nature of the brand, there was no question that it had to be an integral part of this beauty collection.” The colours are super-bright yet easy to wear, striking a balance between bold and beautiful. “I’ve worked neon into the collection in such a way that it complements the face while still communicating the bold impact,” Kane told us

This story appears in the May issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in our next issue, out Thursday June 4


The big thing now is stealth beauty – looking brilliant in the most low-key, fuss-free way. It’s about boosting and enhancing what’s natural, using new technology, rather than doing anything obvious. 

Those of us stuck with defiantly fine hair have to rely on a good blowdry to make it look bigger and better. But what we’d really like is something that boosts it instantly, like a lip plumper, or “blur” for hair. “Everybody backstage uses products for bulking hair,” says Bea Watson, Global Styling Educator for Aveda. Aveda might just have solved the problem with their natural and instant Thickening Tonic Styling Spray (€27), which uses botanical ingredients, including ayurvedic herb Amla and wheat protein, to blanket each strand of hair and create mass. “It’s not just about a bit of a root lift,” explains Watson. “This creates more width and thickness from roots to ends. It gives hair a bit of a gritty texture that helps keep styles in place longer, whether your hair’s wavy or straight.” Spray it on wet or dry hair to build it up and enhance texture. I’ve been trying it and it definitely gives you bigger, better-looking hair. It went down a storm with models backstage at the Stella McCartney show, who loved that you can just brush it out and hair still looks good. One more bonus: as with all Aveda haircare, the tonic smells amazing, with organic vanilla, bergamot and clary sage, leaving a lasting freshness.

This story appears in the May issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in our next issue, out Thursday June 4