At times it seems that fashion and beauty operate on a different planet from the rest of us (trousers tucked into boots, anyone?), but in reality they're just on a different timescale. We spend our lives looking forward, predicting what's going to be the Next Big Thing and hoping that, by the time the particular season has arrived, everyone has forgotten the things we got wrong as we pat ourselves on the back for the things we got right.
While everyone loves to be ahead of the pack, this time-delay can be annoying. In summer, say, few things are as depressing as the Christmas in July events held by various fashion houses to show their forthcoming collections. But in a glass-half-full kind of way, come winter we're tottering around looking at the spring/summer colours, which is good for the soul. So I've decided to spread a little summer cheer, bring a little warmth into your weekend - after all, it's only 16 weeks until the start of British Summer Time.
The main beauty news for spring/summer 2003 is a modern take on the 1960s baby doll look. Think dark, sultry eyes, rosy cheeks and girly pink lipstick. The dark eyes (yes, even though it's summer) are smudgy but more glamorous than they have been lately (ie, less rock chick). "It's almost as if it has been sweated off," says Mac's Caroline Young. And if you're going to wear it, it has to be with pink lips and pink cheeks. Light colours will feature heavily in the summer palette, though thankfully for those with dark skins the effect is matt and opaque, rather than pastel or frosted. The shades you'll be using are simple, prime colours, but with white added. If you can find it in a Crayola box, it'll be on the makeup stands.
Rosy cheeks are here to stay, but you'll be ditching the face and lip gloss in favour of a matt look. The overall style is best described as crude, but nicely done, which means application with fingers, rather than five different brushes. Skin is also kept relatively clear, with foundation or concealer only where needed.
See, don't you feel warmer already?