Fall 2018 Beauty Report

Fashion week isn’t just about the clothes. The runway also offers a chance to see all the hair and makeup trends you’ll be coveting next season. Whether it’s a bold graphic liner, a sprinkling of glitter or a throwback hairpiece, fall 2018 is offering up something for everyone.


It’s official; the no-makeup makeup look has come to an end. Instead, for fall 18, it doesn’t matter what eyeshadow or liner shade you pick so long as it’s bright. Model Ashley Graham hit the Christian Siriano runway wearing electric fuchsia eyeshadow, while at Chanel, makeup artist Peter Philips opted for liner in pink, yellow and maroon, which he coordinated with the model’s sunglasses (similar to the colored eyeliner look at Dior). Shades of purple reigned supreme at Peter Pilotto, where models had two complementary shadows applied to their upper and lower lids. At Antonio Marras, fresh skin and glossy lips grounded the dramatic pink and black cateye.


Glitter makeup is back and better than ever. Paying homage to a Guy Bourdin photograph of a woman whose face is swathed in sparkling sugar, models at Giambattista Valli were sent down the runway with faces incrusted with glitter. Val Garland, who was working with MAC Cosmetics, called it a “magical moment.” For the Oscar de la Renta show, Tom Pecheux created a subtle glimmer effect, layering violet cream shadow over models’ lids before patting pink-and-purple-tinged glitter over top. At Alice + Olivia, makeup artist Erin Parsons went for a much bolder effect, rimming models’ eyes with an intense ring of super-sized black glitter.


One trend that isn’t going anywhere fast is full, natural eyebrows. The models at Lanvin had very natural makeup with a focus on bold, brushed up brows. Likewise at Saint Laurent, full, brushed up brows were complimented with low ponytails and side parts. At Ralph & Russo it was all about tidy brows, moisturised lips and a touch of highlight on the eyes, which gave off the ultimate healthy-looking complexion. At Philosophy, Tom Pecheux enhanced the natural beauty of the models with a sweep of bronze on the eyelids, alongside bold, brushed up brows. Pecheux also opted for bold brows at Alberta Ferretti, defining the eyes using graphic black eyeliner flicks. At Isa Arfen, Andrew Gallimore used Nars’ Brow Perfector and Oural Brow Gel to give the models boyish brows.


Remember claw clips from the ’80s and ’90s? Well, for fall 2018, Alexander Wang has brought them back. Every model with hair long enough to be pulled back wore a chrome silver claw with his logo engraved on it. “I love the way that something that’s been around and has a funny connotation can come back,” hairstylist Guido Palau said backstage. Over at Tom Ford, models wore wide leather and lurex headbands with messy textured updos while Zadig & Voltaire also joined the hair accessories party showcasing the kind of rhinestone bobby pins you’ll actually want to wear in public.


The fall 18 runways were alive with unconventional colored hair. At Marc Jacobs, Redken’s Josh Woods and Guido Palau created a psychedelic bowl cut in shades of pink, yellow and blue, while at Jeremy Scott, technicolor wigs were meant to evoke an alien like quality. Sies Marjan opted for temporary dyed roots care of of celebrity colorist Lena Ott. “It’s very subtle,” she said of the reverse ombré pops she achieved with PanPastel chalks picked up at her local art store. “I add a layer, then comb it through, add another layer, and comb it through, and do that again and again and then eventually it just stays there,” she added. “The comb knocks a little of the pigment out so it looks more believable again and it looks soft, like natural hair, rather than the texture of a spray or chalk.”


At Bottega Veneta, Pat McGrath opted for a matte statement lip that was reminiscent of the deep, dark shades sported in the ‘90s. Part of the MatteTrance collection by Pat McGrath Labs, each shade (Vendetta, Candy Flip, Obsessed, and Divine Brown) was set against creamy skin and a subtle wash of taupe eye shadow. Jonathan Simkhai also opted for a vampy pout with a shade that was one part red to one part brown, creating a hue that was completely grunge worthy.

About the Author

Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Style.com/Arabia. Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.