Trend Report: Spring 2018 Beauty

This spring, we’ve seen both subtle and overt trend iterations that are quickly becoming classics. From hair styles and cuts to makeup, beauty is ushering in its own rules that nod to tradition while introducing twists that allow us to experiment and become inspired to create our own takes. Read on to find out our nominations for best beauty from this month’s spring 2018 RTW shows.

Pixie hair styles were on display at Dior (left) and Balenciaga (right)

The Old Pixie is New Again — When you saw girls at Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Saint Laurent sport incredibly chic pixie cuts that threw back to Audrey’s Roman Holiday cropped locks, you were looking at the real deal. Some of them had their hair shorn backstage to achieve the pixie look that is long enough to run your fingers through, but short enough to typify grab-and-go style. If you’ve been contemplating a potentially life changing haircut, now would not be the wrong time to do it.

Au Natural— On the other end of the spectrum, we saw beautiful, and also very real, long tresses. From Kristy Hume at Michael Kors to fresh faced models sporting natural waves at Calvin Klein. Au Naturale is still in, whether you choose to go short or long. And your natural texture whether pin straight, slightly wavy or ringlet curly is to be celebrated and shown off as well.

All That Shines— From Peter Pilotto to Jeremy Scott we were not short of dazzling, light-catching shine on beautiful visages and hairstyles on the runway. Tiny sequins on lips and eyes (Stella Jean, Shrimps), metallic strips on cupid’s bows and glitter-sprayed hair (Thom Browne, Masion Margiela), designers, makeup artists and the front row simply couldn’t get enough. Don’t be shy in trying this new classic. You may not dramatize to runway proportions but a little touch of shine can make your day brighter—literally.

Over the line at Rochas (left) and Yohji Yamamoto (right)

Drawn On — There’s a new eye technique full of drama and begged-to-be-seen boldness. While colorblocking was taking its usual place, we loved this new artistic vision. Yohji Yamamoto wanted playfulness, according to Pat McGrath, and the bold, cross hatch lines on the temple are nothing if not reminiscent of our first forays into our mother’s makeup drawer. Rochas opted for an outlined cateye shape that defied the thick blocking of traditional looks.

Pure Beauty—Jil Sander, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, Alexander Wang; a no makeup, makeup look is as strong as ever and we love it just as much as we always have. From barely there everything to a dash of mascara on the eyelashes, from a simple lip to highlighted cheek bones and brows, sometimes the best way to accentuate what you have to is to let it be in its purest form.

About the Author

Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m