Every single backstage beauty trend you need to know about (and how to do them)
Straight from New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks, these SS19 beauty trends are made to be tried out
Our pick of the best beauty from New York Fashion Week...
Jeremy Scott SS19
The coolest way to dip into the loudmouth lip movement is with a slick of foil. First spotted backstage at Jeremy Scott, legendary make-up artist Kabuki applied eyelash glue over nude lips before pressing over custom-cut pink-tinted foil. For a final pop, MAC Glitter in 3D Pink, Dhs100, was dabbed gently over the top. Don’t trust your DIY skills? Try a lip top coat like Too Faced Magical Crystal Lip.
Hands up if you only use one shade of foundation? According to make-up artist and all-round skin guru Gucci Westman, that’s where you’re going wrong. “Your skin is multidimensional, with many different tones, which is why I always use multiple shades,” she explains. “It’s all about enhancing your skin, rather than masking it.”
From baby-powder white lines at Self-Portrait to primary tones embellishing nude false nails at Jeremy Scott, linear nail art is back and we’re into it. Apply your tone onto a neutral base to accentuate detail and experiment with placement depending on nail length and shape.
Backstage at Dion Lee, The Body Of Art team pressed custom temporary tattoos on shoulders and around wrists. The pencil-fine lacy lines were sophisticated, cool and lent the look edge. We predict a trend.
Five years in the making and worth the wait, ghd’s new Platinum+ hair straightener takes heat styling to the next level with predictive ultra-zone technology that analyses hair thickness and adjusts power accordingly (meaning no frazzling fine strands or having to go over thick ones unnecessarily). Straighteners just got smarter. We’re sold.
Our pick of the best beauty from London Fashion Week...
Molly Goddard SS19
Forget precision, SS19 make-up is child’s play. Models at Simone Rocha looked like they’d swiped glitter on eyelids with their fingers, while at Erdem, make-up artist Val Garland loaded cotton balls with vivid shadow and swooshed it around eyes. “It looks beautifully thick and textured,” she said.
Where better to revive punk’s cult of cool than the city where it all began? Homages were everywhere, with ‘fauxhawks’ at Molly Goddard; eyes with an “oil-slick tarmac finish” at Nicholas Kirkwood and extreme backcombing at Gareth Pugh.
The secret to catwalk-ready plump skin? A facial massage pre-make-up. “Massage in upwards motions with a serum to encourage blood flow,” said make-up artist Naoko Scintu at Emilia Wickstead. Meanwhile, at Victoria Beckham, models had a 90-second Foreo UFO mini facial.
Our pick of the best beauty from Milan Fashion Week...
Like a ray of sunshine spreading light over the face, the new way to apply bronzer is in a W-shape over cheekbones and nose, with a dusting of flush pink or coral blush on the apples of cheeks for a livedin effect. Take Alberta Ferretti and Genny for inspiration.
Forget dainty, delicate lashes, now is the time to load up with layers of thick, black mascara. The sporty surfer girls at Etro wore very little on their dewy complexions but made an impact with tons of black mascara, while at Prada, girls were given clumpy black lashes reminiscent of Twiggy. More is most definitely more.
From topknots at Fendi to low chignons at Moschino, runway hair was in a twist. “The bun needs to look very clean, so we added a transparent hairnet to keep it fixed,” said session stylist Paul Hanlon, who used lots of hairspray and a Dyson Supersonic to smooth hair, pre-twist.
‘Baby hair’ is officially a thing. Kendall Jenner and Edie Campbell walked for Fendi with curled wisps of fluffy hair, while at Jil Sander, Eugene Souleiman wanted locks to look “slightly dishevelled around the hairline.”
“If you heat up MAC’s Face and Body Foundation in your hands and manipulate it with your fingers, it thickens and becomes more like a balm,” revealed Make-up Artist Thomas de Kluyver at Jil Sander. The result? It melts into skin like a concealer and makes blemish coverage a doddle.
Our pick of the best beauty from Paris Fashion Week...
SLICKER THAN YOUR AVERAGE...
It doesn’t matter if it’s up or down, plaited or ponied, hair has to be slicked back. Take your cue from Balmain, where Cara Delevingne et al sported a range of sculpted wet-look styles. Don’t fancy going full-throttle? Layers of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray achieve the same highoctane shine, minus the gel aftermath.
Jeremy Scott set the trend in motion at NYFW, then Thom Browne took it up a notch. “Using eyelash glue and tweezers, we haphazardly placed gold leaf on to lips,” explained make-up artist Mark Carrasquillo. “We kept layering until we got that frosting of molten metal.”
Forget Instagram’s blinding iridescent highlights, the new way to glow involves creamy textures and oil. At Altuzarra, make-up artist Tom Pecheux pressed a few drops of oil atop models’ cheeks, while at Galliano, oil was mixed with concealer to give it elasticity and to stop it caking. Plus, it reflects light to offset dark circles. Winner.
Assemble one catwalk floating on the Seine, add 62 mega-models/ singers/actresses (Winnie Harlow, Eva Longoria, Cheryl), draft in make-up maestro Val Garland to create 11 looks inspired by 11 Parisian designers and you’ve got yourself one epic extravaganza. Bravo, L’Oréal Paris Le Défilé – you just owned #PFW.
Dutch model Birgit Kos has racked up nearly 20 shows during SS19, stomping the runway at Isabel Marant (left), Elie Saab, Hermès and Altuzarra in Paris alone. And her shoulder-skimming ‘lob’ has already landed her new-season Armani and Chloé campaigns. Watch this space…
Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans, Getty Images and supplied