5 niche beauty trends to try now

From clean beauty to face yoga and superfoods for skin, here’s how to be your glowy best this winter.

Winter is a great time to be obsessing with all things beauty and skincare.

When it’s cold and wet outside you have time to trawl through your beauty cabinet and prepare for all the new holy-grail products and tantalising trends you’ve been dying to try.

And these five trends are worth exploring:

Splashes of colour

The impact of coronavirus has us seeking colour in a major way, reveals Melbourne make-up artist Jade Kisnorbo.

“It was the same after the Great Depression when women reached for bright red lipstick,” she says.

“Now that we’re coming out of the isolation, people want to lift their spirits and have fun with colour, particularly on the lips and eyes.

“I’ve been doing lots of liquid liner along the lash line, splashes of bright blue and even pink in hyper-pigmented colour and the models love it. It gives you endless eye looks that pop – you’ll be surprised how happy it makes you feel.”

Clean beauty

Another thing the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about is a renewed focus on clean beauty and using sustainable and ethical products, says Jade.

The industry heavyweight, who has countless editorial shoots under her belt, says clean beauty is part of a trend towards a holistic approach to wellness and skincare.

“What happens with your skin before your make-up goes on is so important in getting to the end result, in the same way as what goes into your body with diet,” Jade says.

“I’m finding that for my clients and for myself, there’s a real mindfulness around organic and non-toxic ingredients. A good skin regimen means fresh, healthy and glowing skin – a perfect base to work with.”

Kakadu plum is flying the flag for Australia in skincare formulations around the globe as one of the richest sources of vitamin C.

Skin superfoods

Try looking for products with the latest superfood ingredients, suggests Kirsty Sinclair, of  Advanced Skin Technology and Aspect Skincare.

Think Kakadu plum, turmeric and adaptogenic (or medicinal) mushrooms.

“Kakadu plum is flying the flag for Australia in skincare formulations around the globe as one of the richest sources of vitamin C,” says Kirsty, a nutrition and wellness coach.

Or, if you’re feeling spicy, Kirsty suggests ticking turmeric off your ingredient to do-list.

“Curcumin, the active substance in turmeric that gives it the bright colour, is believed to help soothe and calm the skin and provide antioxidant protection,” she says.

Kirsty also gives the nod to fashionable fungi in the form of adaptogenic mushrooms.

“While they’re widely used in Chinese medicine, these are relatively new to skincare but they’re beginning to grow in popularity due to their high antioxidant content and hydrating benefits,” the former skin therapist says.

Face yoga

Yup, we loved our yoga mats in iso but putting your best face forward now also involves a facial fitness routine to help firm, slim and tighten.

“There are around 43 muscles in the face and with facial ageing caused in part by muscle loss, it makes sense to strengthen and tone these muscles every day,” Jade explains.

With lots of demos online prepare to find your inner oooom, limber up your laugh lines and save a botox bill or two.

“There’s also lots of tools and devices, both high street and high end, to stimulate the skin and muscles of your face, which are worth checking out,” Jade says.

Skin probiotics

Another beauty trend good enough to eat!

“Prebiotics and probiotics are becoming incredibly popular in skincare as there are increasingly more studies showing us the benefits to our skin microbiome,” Kirsty says.

“While all skin types can benefit from the use of probiotics, they’re particular helpful for those with problematic or sensitive skins as they help to calm and soothe.

“Probiotics also assist with maintaining balanced skin, fighting external free radicals and maintaining a healthy looking glow. This powerhouse superfood trend is here to stay.”

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Written by Liz McGrath.