From beauty editorials to the latest looks fresh off the runways from New York and Paris Fashion Week, w&h beauty editor, Martinique Stevens, gives her key insights into what we can expect when it comes to all things make-up in 2019.
It seems as though there are two main trends for beauty this year. The first embraces a romantic, less-is-more look, where the focus is on clean, healthy-looking skin, with a matte finish. This vintage look is finished off with a soft focus – a touch of cream blush tapped onto cheek bones, a playful lip stain and a micro-cropped fringe.
As seen at Prada Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019 and Miu Miu Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019. Emma Watson also rocked the look on the Vanity Fair 2018 red carpet! Furthermore, the tiny fringe is a chic throwback to the wispy fringe Aubrey Hepburn donned as part of her iconic up-do in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” back in the ’50s.
Your Skin, But Better
2018 saw a spike in sheeny, glossy, ‘glass skin’ looks thanks to the growing popularity of K-Beauty, but this year, expect to see a rise in the opposite end of the pendulum, as more wearable, matte skin is back. New matte foundation formulas, like L’Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation, R239 for 30ml, and Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Foundation SPF 30, R600 for 30ml, allow us to achieve this effortlessly chic ‘no-make-up’ make-up look, as seen at the Fendi Spring Ready-to-wear 2019 show.
To get the look, remember to use your foundation sparingly, allowing freckles and beauty spots to peak through.
Sophistication at its best! This stunning sheer wash of fresh pink on the lips and cheeks as seen backstage at Badgley Mischka Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019.
We love using a light layer of Clarins Water Lip Stain, R300 for 7ml on our lips for a quick pop of berry-toned colour.
Almond Shaped Nails
Keep nails looking oh-so-feminine with the trendy almond shape when it comes to nails, as spotted on the runways.
The second runway trend embraces spontaneity, with looks that help inspire beauty lovers the world over to relive the folly of the 70’s disco era. Lights, camera, action!
Switch up a basic eyeliner look by using your liquid liner in a more decorative way, as seen at Rochas Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019. Drawing tiny, open-ended triangles at the outer corners of the eyelids can really help to open eyes up.
Models at the Valentino, Kate Spade and Stella Jean Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019 shows were all seen donning some kind of glitter on their eyelids. From looks that were more extreme, to ones that are a bit more wearable – glitter is definitely a big trend this year.
Soft Smokey Eye
Sooty shadows and a fleck of gold across the eyelids were all the rage for the ’70s-inspired make-up looks at Tom Ford Spring Ready-to-wear 2019. Pat McGrath and her team of makeup artists seamlessly blended the eyeshadows and liners until the end-look was hazy and glam.
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.