By now, we practically expect London Fashion Week to deliver the boldest, bravest beauty trends of Fashion Month. And who doesn’t love being right? Read on to discover which beauty looks from the Fall/Winter 2019 runways will have us tossing out the makeup rulebook in favor of color, hairspray, and glitter galore.
It was all futuristic feels at Bora Aksu, where makeup artist Janeen Witherspoon used a metallic silver shade to create a graphic winged liner look – the perfect way to complement the season’s pastel hues and otherworldly tulle detailing.
A sure-fire way to switch up your smile? A two-toned lip à la Matty Bovan. Combining hot red with deep berry – and lots of gloss – it’s perfect if you can’t decide which red route to go down. It also couldn’t be easier to achieve, as makeup artist Miranda Joyce revealed it was all down to MAC’s ‘Lip Pencil in Nightmoth’ with a splash of neon-coral lip pigment and “a LOT” of ‘Lipglass’.
“Bambi does 50s glam” was how makeup artist Pablo Rodriguez described the look at Mark Fast. Pinks and purples adorned eyes, lips, and cheeks, while hair took on whole new heights as pin curls were piled atop heads to form retro quiffs.
Could finger paint be the next big thing? If Asai’s show is anything to go by, it might just be. Not only did models sport thinly drawn winged liner, but they also had their hands dipped in white clay and gold leaf for the ultimate “just painted my walls” vibe.
House of Holland
Over at House of Holland, teal was the color of choice. Using MAC’s ‘Mountain Air Pencil’, makeup artist Zoe Taylor created a smoky teal eye, blending color right up to the brows and along the lower lash lines. We know what shade we’ll be swapping our gray shadow palettes for.
It took famed colorist Josh Wood and his team five days to create two new patterned-color techniques to match the fabrics of Mary Katrantzou’s FW19 collection, but we can safely say it was well worth the time and effort. Hand-painted hair extensions were randomly placed in locks to create a subtle but striking effect that’s wonderfully wearable.
With Isamaya Ffrench on makeup and Sam McKnight on hair, you know you’re in for a big, bold treat. Inspired by Studio 54, the Halpern show saw some of the most gorgeous glittery lids we’ve seen on the runways so far, achieved with bright hues painted onto eyes with gold leaf applied on top. The icing on this cake? McKnight’s glossy, retro waves. Want.
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Jamie Wei Huang
It was all about faux freckles, fresh skin, and bold blush at Jamie Wei Huang. Here, ‘English rose’ beauty was taken to extremes with a fierce flush of fuchsia applied to the apples of cheeks and then blended down to the jawline. It’s safe to say there’s no such thing as “too much blush” next season.
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Next time you smudge your mascara or flick makeup across your face while trying to embrace your inner Lisa Eldridge in the back of a cab, don’t panic – “bumpy bus makeup” is now a thing, thanks to Rachel O’Donnell. In her “revolt against perfection”, the makeup artist created a smudged, lived-in look that has us experimenting with our mascara wands already.
The motto at Ashish? Big hair, don’t care. McKnight used volumized wigs, backcombing, and a whole load of hairspray to create some of the biggest hairdos we’ve ever seen, while Ffrench loaded on the glitter for super sparkle reminiscent of the 70s.
Embellishments are all the rage right now, which is why this butterfly-esque look at Peter Pilotto is so on trend. A touch of color was painted onto eyelid creases before delicate pastel feathers were applied to the outer corners of eyes, making for a fantastical flutter.
No show paying homage to British heritage would be complete without a nod to London’s rainy weather, which is exactly what inspired Guido Palau’s elaborate wet-look locks. The hairstylist used Redken’s ‘Hardwear 16′ hair gel to create intricate designs of swirled tresses that gave ‘rain hair’ a whole new meaning.