New York fashion week brought plenty of sartorial statements and wardrobe inspiration but look a little closer and the real treasures lie closer to home in the hair and makeup departments with every look polished off by global talents within the beauty industry.
So, why wait for spring?
Stay ahead of the curve by bringing these SS19 beauty trends to life right now.
Layer Up on the Highlighter
Contrary to popular belief, highlighter isn’t a one size fits all product. Getting your highlighter just right comes down to finding the right highlighter for your skin tone and texture. It’s important to pay attention to how the light hits your skin in different areas of your face, then replicate that through use of product. How the light naturally hits your cheek creates a different look to the way it hits above your lips. Take this into account when applying highlighter, using a different highlighting product for different areas of your face.
Beauty Meets Wellness
In recent seasons we’ve seen a heavy focus on wellness coming from the beauty industry and this season was no different. In focusing on wellness products, the beauty industry is finally learning that they work together simultaneously as opposed to one or the other.
Complexions on the catwalk (serenely) screamed self-care. Prabal Gurung and Michael Kors went down the ‘lit from within’ skincare route, presenting the kind of glowing finish impossible to achieve with highlighter alone.
The beauty industry announced it loud and clear: spring 2019 is the season when beauty and health are finally synonymous.
Return of the Nail Art
Forget sophisticated nude nails, feminine pinks and please, please, please, ditch the conservative french manis. The claws of SS19’s catwalks gave us the permission we all needed to embrace our inner creative spirits and experiment with nail art.
Nail artists didn’t stop at bold colour choices. New textures were introduced as was the incorporation of accessories and jewellery within nail art designs.
At Libertine, CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold adopted an approach of ‘encapsulated nail art’. The nail art designs and final outcome saw an impressive incorporation of precious trinkets or delicate moments encased within acrylic gels on each nail.
Rodarte’s approach saw models sporting metallic manicures complete with studded gems while Chromat took nail accessorising in their stride, adding dangling chains and pendants attached to the tip of the nails.
Ditch the manicure minimalism of seasons gone by and make your new nail mantra ‘more is more’.
Neons and Colour Blocking
Neons and their heavy 80s reference are here to stay . They’ve successfully taken over the fashion industry and so their infiltration into our beauty choices comes as no surprise.
Spring 2019 is a great time to start playing with white eyeliner. In the same breath that we sing the praises of white boots paired with neons in our wardrobe, white eyeliner plays to that same tune in complimenting our neon inspired sartorial choices.
Models at multiple shows including Christian Siriano, Chromat and Ulla Johnson were spotted wearing green eyeliner, hot pink mascara and even bright orange lipsticks.
As for bright yellows, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui were just a few industry names who brought the colour to the runway through matte eyeshadows grounded by pink and red lipsticks.
More and more frequently the beauty industry is embracing the power of being yourself and for 2019, beauty is all about having fun with your look and experimenting with colour through pastels – pinks, blues and purples among the most popular.
Vintage vibes and pastel hair reigned supreme at one show in particular – Marc Jacobs – where 37 models committed to bleaching their hair followed by dye chosen to colour match their look for the show. On top of their dye job, nine models were also willing to take the plunge with a pastel buzzcut.
How far are you willing to go to embrace SS19’s hottest hair trend?