For Spring/Summer 2018 beauty, makeup moves beyond what it looks like and artists are exploring the myriad of moods that makeup can ignite and convey.

In their Spring/Summer 2018 reveal, MAC states that “the days of artists dictating makeup trends that we should slavishly copy are a thing of the past.”

Before anyone thinks anything goes, there’s actually a method to this free-for-all makeup trend.

Every beauty brand will still highlight their innovation and inspiration for the new season but without one brand or makeup artistry dictating the way we should all look. We are free to pick what we love and create a look that says “this is who I am!”

One of the key looks that MAC unveils is the very tough to reinvent – the natural beauty, a concept endlessly reincarnated for the runway and in real life alike.

At its most quiet incarnation are looks that makeup experts Terry Barber aptly terms an “invisible difference” and Lyne Desnoyers calls a “luminous nude.”

Spring/Summer 2018 celebrates the “healthy” nude, as opposed to raw, blank or grungy nudes. “It’s ‘done,’ but you don’t see it,” says Lloyd Simmonds.

With South Korean beauty riding at an all time high, it’s exciting to follow Korean beauty innovation for its next novelty.

For its latest launch, Laneige reformulates its pioneering Two-Tone Matte Lip Bar giving you more colours and comfort. Matte lipsticks can be drying so they have created a new gel formula that keeps your lips moist while giving you that signature blurring two-tone effect for lips.

When a brand does a launch, you can expect improved versions or something completely new. So, it’s great when they combine reformulation with eco-friendly packaging and instagram-friendly as seen in Sephora Collection’s Spring 2018 Lip Stories.

Over at Lancome, it’s all about teasing our senses – by reinterpreting French patisserie in new flavours and delightfully wearable colours. Taking inspiration from the scrumptious macaron dessert, the French brand reimagines a blusher in the form of these delightful little cakes to give you the prettiest shades you can wear this season, and the most tempting textures.

Here’s a look at beauty’s top treats this Spring/Summer 2018.

French Temptations

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: Lancome

Inspiration: Temptations of scrumptious Parisian patisserie.

Key product: The Lancome Yummy Blush Bomb with the Macaron Blush and Blender is the cutest thing you will see this season. It contains a creamy blush and a soft macaron blender to apply blush so your cheeks looks “just flushed.”

Moisturised Matte

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: Laneige

Inspiration: To give matte lipstick lovers a matte that is non-drying.

Key product: The new Laneige Two-Tone Matte Lip Bar is formulated with a special gel formula as an alternative to the usual matte lipstick powder form. This results in good colour adhesion, smoothness and moisturised lips.

It’s So You

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: MAC

Inspiration: One of the key looks is inspired by honest beauty, the real you.

Key product: MAC Studio Waterweight SPF360 Foundation is an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elastic gel-serum formula. This weightless hydrating formula is comfortable, lasting and offers buildable coverage, softly blurring imperfections.

Glow To Go

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: Kat Von D

Inspiration: Hyper-reflective micro-crystals that shift and sparkle in the night.

Key product: Kat Von D Beauty Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette – available in three radical shades – gives you an all-over radiance that can be used on wet or dry on cheeks, eyes, lips and body.

Antique Chic

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: Anna Sui

Inspiration: An artwork of flowers beautifully blooming in a mysterious forest.

Key product: Anna Sui Makeup Palette is a moody, antique-inspired magnetic palette that will add radiance to any look. This limited edition antique design lets you create your own makeup palette by customising eye, face and lip colours.

Mediterranean Vibe

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: Chanel

Inspiration: Naples’ gorgeous landscape, layered with history, moods and colours.

Key product: Chanel Les 9 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette has all the elements of Naples, with a play on texture as well as colour and there are three each of matte, satin and high-shine shades, all beautifully soft and blendable.

Lip Tales

Spring/Summer 2018 beauty

Photo: Sephora

Inspiration: Created for the socially-minded, ultra-connected digital generation.

Key product: The updated Sephora Collection Lip Stories lipsticks comes in 30 intense shades and the fun lipstick casings are inspired by stories on Instagram. Choose from matte, cream or metallic finish. It’s instagram-friendly and eco-friendly as the packaging comes in more paper than plastic material.