LFW BEAUTY REPORT: GO BOLD OR GO HOME

Manuela Rio Tinto explores this season’s key beauty trends.

It’s that time of the year when the Internet is buzzing with street style pictures, catwalk shows, trend reports and, last but not least, beauty looks for the new season.

Summer 2018 was all about the natural look, and even though it is supposed to be effortless, we all know it can be pretty difficult to get that glowing-flawless-baby-skin look. Beachy hair – well, it is summer – was the must-have look in two different ways: wet-look with the help of a little bit of gel on the roots, or cool and wavy à la Gisele Bundchen. But with these summery looks getting now oh-so-last-season (that is the beauty, or ugliness, of fashion – we still cannot decide), it is time to move on to SS19 beauty trends. Where are we heading next?

One of the biggest hair trends we can expect for SS19 is a pop of colour. It can be different tones of pink, from vibrant to millennial pink or the infamous troll doll hair in blue and yellow, seen at Matty Bovan’s and Ashley Williams’ shows.

Moving on to an easier look: greasy messy hat-hair is a trend you can try to recreate at home in your half-hour time slot between waking up and leaving the house, although we already know in fashion and beauty nothing is as easy as it may seem. As per the name, you probably do not even need to do anything after getting out of bed: the more worn and squashed-down the better. This trend was seen at Preen, an all-wet style at Ashish and in a slightly timid way at Markus Lupfer.

Do not put the gel aside just yet. You will still be using it a lot to do all the pushed-back styles we saw at Victoria Beckham and House of
Holland, and the power double bow ponytails from Emilia Wickstead.

Punk and goth also had their minutes of fame on the catwalk. From up-do braids with woven neon plastic at Nicholas Kirkwood to spiky knotted faux-hawks at Molly Goddard and Mohican clipped waves at Gareth Pugh, the punk look was bold and aggressive. The emo goth hairstyle came in perfect bobs at Ashley Williams and Ryan Lo, this last one adorned with childlike ribbons, and on beehives with slicked-down sideburns on Halpern.

Regarding makeup, the au naturel look is still a must – thank God, at least we can wear no makeup at all and pretend that is just because we are fashionable, not lazy – as seen at the Preen, Delpozo and Rodarte shows, to name just a few.

On the other hand, glitter and summer have been a great match since forever. SS19 make up is heavy on glitter over the lids – be it a cat-eye look at Halpern or a messy shimmer as per Simone Rocha.

Matching the colourful hairstyles, makeup can also use a few bright
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shades- or at least that is what Peter Pilotto, Erdem and Ashish believe. At Erdem, the bright blue baby eyeshadow was meant to be slapdash, not only on the lids but also below the waterline. At Ashish the orange eyes were also sloppy, as you are just leaving a party at 7am.

Bold eyes were the mood for Gareth Pugh’s show. Mixing strong colours and graphics, the look was an impressive 80s punk girl. Ashley Williams and Nicholas Kirkwood have also bet on dark eyes: black eyeliner is the must-have beauty item to copy their looks.

It’s not all about the eyes: statement lips are also having their moment. Be it glossy red at Ryan Lo, vibrant matte pink at Chalayan or bold lilac at Marta Jakubowski, LFW gave us plenty of options to choose from, just go extra. After all, it is summer, the sun is shining and there are plenty of sunset parties for you to model your beauty around the globe. Let’s start dreaming of Summer 2019.

You can see more of Manuela’s work on yourthinkingcap.wordpress.com

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