Makeup trends for spring and summer this year all focus on keeping things simple and natural. Forget about carrying your eye shadow, eyeliner, blush, lip liner, lipstick and gloss, not to mention a thousand other tools. Makeup artist Dodo Au Yeung (near right) says you only need two things in your makeup bag this season: a blush and an eye shadow duo. 'This year, there will again be a trend for pastel colours, but leaning more towards lighter tones which make you look more awake,' she says. Au Yeung recommends eye shadow sets that come with one dark and one lighter shade. The darker tone can be used as eyeliner while the lighter colour can be used as an overall highlight up to your brows. 'The darker tone can also be used to create smoky eyes for parties,' Au Yeung says. 'You can wet the tip of your brush and apply the darker tone just above your lid to give your eyes more shape - but remember, not all shadows work with a wet brush, so make sure yours does before you try this.' Those with a tan should opt for bronzes and greens, and avoid blue or dark purple, because they can look greyish on their tanned skin; fairer skins work with any colour. 'This season, there's a lot of focus on eye makeup, because that's where you look when you meet someone,' Au Yeung says. 'Blush comes second, as it brightens your face.' If you don't have naturally perfect skin - and very few people do - apply a foundation before you head out. Like your wardrobe choices, you need different foundations depending on the weather. Fabian Lui, Ipsa's chief makeup artist, has some advice on how to choose the right foundation for your skin in this hot and humid weather. Oily skin secretes a lot of sebum in spring and summer. Choose a powder compact foundation which reduces how much oil comes out. If you have oily skin with dry patches, your skin is dehydrated, so use a liquid foundation. This ensures sufficient moisture reaches the skin while keeping it fresh. If you have quite well balanced, or normal, skin, Lui recommends a light powder or liquid compact foundation. And those with dry skin should use a foundation with high moisture content, like a cream foundation, in all seasons to keep their skin hydrated. 'Most girls in Hong Kong have combination skin, which means an oily T-zone with normal or dry cheeks. I recommend they use liquid foundation or liquid compacts in spring and summer, changing to liquid compacts or cream foundation in autumn and winter,' Lui says. Au Yeung adds that more people are choosing products with multiple purposes this season. For example, you might choose a lipstick that can also be used as a cheek colour, or a face powder that can also be used as a highlighter and a bronzer. 'More people are becoming aware of how their skin works, too, and opting for products that contain ingredients that actually nourish your skin,' she says. 'These products are so popular now - they mean people can spend less and carry less.'