Posted on 11 Dec 2017 Back

Winter Beauty Trends As Seen On The International Catwalk

A new season means new beauty - but what are the trends to know now? Whilst clean skin and wash-and-go hair were present across the board throughout the year, the stand-out looks were brighter and bolder than ever. An abundance of glitter from Fendi to DKNY gave the shows a welcome shimmer, whilst flashes of Eighties inspiration had a more-is-more charm that came into its element in the final days of Paris Fashion Week.  See below for the ultimate beauty trends and talking points for the rest of the year.

Back To The Eighties

From subtle iterations to all-out retro throwbacks, the Eighties certainly made its stamp on this year’s beauty trends. Lipstick-bright blush was applied to the temples at Kenzo, Chanel and Adam Selman, side-swept curls made their mark at Topshop Unique, colour-pop lids at Nina Ricci were inspired by Bruce Weber's photographs from the decade, and Marc Jacobs's entire show was influenced by Eighties rave culture - from the metallic eye make-up to the (controversial) colored dreadlocks. Dig out your crimper and invest in the brightest pigment you can find!

Pick Your Plait

From the skinny braids sported by Roberto Cavalli's pretty hippies to the woven chignons worn by Erdem's 17th Century girls, plaits appeared in countless forms on the noted catwalks. Are you a romantic? Try Valentino's fairytale-length braids. A tomboy? Dior's plaited buns should do the trick. Or an Eighties girl? See Simone Rocha's perky pigtails or Kenzo's looped braids. There's a plait to suit everyone!

The Smudgy Eye

Forget the classic smoky - next season is all about the smudgy eye. At Balmain and Altuzarra Tom Pecheux applied gloss over black liner for maximum smudge effect. At Rag & Bone the kohl was applied to give a "late night, early morning" feel. In other words, don't worry about drawing a neat line.

Clean Skin

The "no make-up" look isn't exactly new backstage, but there's no denying it's having a moment all over again. With Kim Kardashian-West wearing no make-up at all on the Balenciaga front row and Alicia Keys continuing her decision to scrap cosmetics altogether, the bare-faced look was on full display both on and off the catwalk..

It's Raining Glitter

There was no shortage of shimmer on the catwalk. Dramatic glitter lips were on show at Fendi and DKNY, glitter cuticles at Rodarte, glitter shapes on models' faces at Giamba and glitter eyeshadow at Marc Jacobs. This trend is also expected to roll into next year. Spring, it seems, will be a sparkly affair.

The Slick Side Part

Turn down the volume with hair worn slick, sleek and smoothed to the scalp. A mannish side parting was the look of choice at Dries Van Noten, Prada, Givenchy and Kenzo, whilst poker-straight lengths were on show at Victoria Beckham, Balmain and Acne Studios. Not a single flyaway will pass muster.

Unexpected Colour

Wait, were those yellow eyebrows at Gucci? Yes, your eyes weren't deceiving you - and they came in lilac, peach and white too. Over at Mary Katrantzou lips were painted acid-bright orange, pink and red, lips at Acne Studios were an unusual mushroom purple and eyelids at Nina Ricci came in glossy violet, aquamarine and tangerine hues. Meanwhile ears - yes, ears - were painted yellow at Proenza Schouler, whilst bold colour was painted onto the temples rather than the eyes at Max Mara. Color was very much present on the catwalks if you looked for it, just not where you might have expected it.

Lipstick As Blush

Our favourite trick for a pretty flush next season? Lipstick in place of blush. A rosy glow was present in all four fashion cities, with Nars's new Kiss Me Stupid lipstick shade applied to the cheeks at Erdem and JW Anderson, and the Breaking Free shade used at David Koma. At Zero + Maria Cornejo two Shiseido lipsticks were mixed to create a warm blush, whilst at Kenzo a MAC shade was diffused at the models' temples for a vibrant Eighties flush.

Focus Point: Ears

With the explosion of enormous earrings onto the fashion scene, it was inevitable that ears got paid some attention too. At Giamba the tops of the ears were painted with a silver glitter, at Proenza Schouler the lobes were painted yellow and at shows across the board (see Altuzarra, Delpozo, Sportmax, Gucci) hair was swept back from the face to leave the ears exposed. The favorite, though, was Bottega Veneta, where hair was tucked behind the ears and adorned with an intricate clip just in line with the lobe. Time to get pierced.

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