‘Pretty out-there’ sums up Fall/Winter 2018’s coolest makeup trends.
Although I go bare-faced most days these days, I do love newness, derring-do and out-of-the-box when it comes to makeup, but only if the looks are also wearable and flattering.
So I’m mighty pleased with what Fall/Winter 2018’s makeup trends have to offer those of us who appreciate a little innovative artistry on the face.
Indeed, makeup maestros at the Fall/Winter 2018 shows spare no imaginative expense when it comes to ideas on how to use their models’ faces as canvasses. The result is pure ingenious wearable art.
Lining your upper lash lines or lower ones, or both, and topping these off with simple fishtails or flicks is boring.
Eyeliner gets edgy, deconstructed and minimalist at the Fall shows. At Elisabetta Franchi, it is literally silver linings all round, and broken, or deconstructed dashes at Coach – cutting-edge and fashion-forward, but still easy on the eye.
Night-time looks get even more dramatic, as seen at Christian Dior and Cividini. Dior’s sweetie-pie bubble-gum pink liner may be unapologetically tween and twee, but it’s also seriously attention-grabbing. At Cividini, the artists gave metallic green under-eye liner soft wings with a bad girl attitude.
You’ve not pushed the limits of your creativity if you haven’t worn your liner in dashes, dots and slashes, as at Tibi, where the models’ eyelids are alit with feminine lilac and baby-boy blue.
You know eyeliner has gone totally rogue when at Salvatore Ferragamo, you can’t tell where its neon colour ends, and where the matching mascara begins.
At Antonio Marras and Emporio Armani, eyes are glamorous and audacious, the result of an empowered co-mingling of darks, brights and sparkles.
A skillful blend of matte mauves affords quiet strength on the faces at Altuzarra, while Delpozo looks forward into the future by silver streaking their models’ eyes.
Fairies in a Disco
If fairies threw a disco party, these are the sorts of makeup looks they would trot out: otherworldly, ethereal, and seductive.
This is achieved at Alice McCall, where the barely-there look is speckled with glitter just at the inner corners of models’ eyes.
At Oscar de la Renta, soft lilac shadow is paired with gold dust and this combo turns out to be just the right shade of out-of-this-world.
But the mother of all disco fairies needs a look all her own. And she certainly owns it at Natasha Zinko and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, where studded eyelids and glitter on the forehead are the new now.
Don’t freak, but boy brows are in. They’re ’80s-ish cool and so sexy, as seen as Alexander Wang and Alberto Zambelli. A Wang’s are softly angled and androgynous, while A Zambelli rocks them brushed up and paired with soft brown eyeshadow.
Smoke & Mirrors
It’s not a proper Fall/Winter makeup season if there aren’t enough smoky eye looks to go around. Fall/Winter 2018 gets it fair share from Katie Gallagher in wintry berry stains, Marc Valvo’s re-imagined neo classic, complete with turquoise glitter and red eyeliner, Prabal Gurung’s cool sand tones, Area’s nouveau-goth matte browns, and Tom Ford’s sophisticated smudges.