We pick the most covetable beauty trends from Paris’ SS19 fashion week shows
Lip balms on eyes, loose mattifying powder on pouts - Paris fashion week SS19 featured a whole host of genius beauty tricks from the industry’s leading make-up artists and hairdressers.
From coral details at Chanel to a Pat McGrath glitter eye look at Valentino and Gucci’s mismatched nails, we report on the spring/summer 2019 hair and make-up trends you won’t want to miss out on.
’Chanel by the Sea’ was the mantra at the Chanel SS19 show where models walked the sand-covered runway looking ‘fresh and joyful,’ according to make-up artist Lucia Pica.
Coral - Pica’s ‘absolute colour of the spring’ and the Pantone colour for 2019 - played the leading role with the maestro using a genius hack to create those zingy colour-pop matte lips.
She prepped them with blotting powder to banish any moisture and shine before layering on Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Infra Rose, £31 (out in spring).
The lips may have been matte but skin was anything but. Pica added a gleam to models’ cheekbones with Chanel Baume Essentiel Transparent (also out in spring) - a glossy highlighting stick that adds dewiness.
Gently shimmering eyes and a burst of Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, £25, completed the va-va-vacay aesthetic.
The earthy tones of the Chloe SS19 collection provided the perfect backdrop for the show’s striking red lip. Pat McGrath was behind this look, too. Harsh lines had no place here so she blurred the edges of the lip using a sponge and her fingers creating a diffused stain. Chocolate brown pencil rimmed the eyes but it was kept soft and ultra-blended.
“There was this hippie sort of vibe with wild, warrior-like lioness hair,” explained hairstylist Paul Hanlon. While some were backcombed and slicked with gel, curly-haired girls kept their movement wearing little product. Others worked cornrows that showed off their statement tassel earrings. The running theme? A nonchalant, too-cool-to-care mood.
Forget sun-soaked locks, the Giambattista Valli catwalk featured hair drenched in glitter. Stylist Paul Hanlon was responsible, again. He misted on a veil of bespoke glimmering sprays in sweetie tones. Then he adorned strands with extra glitz in the form of loose glitter pigment pots brushed over the top.
“There’s a bit of a Courtney Love thing to it,” said Hanlon of the 90s-inspired look. Cheat it with Gypsy Shrine Pink Biodegradable Cosmetic Glitter, £6.50, using hair gel as a canvas to help it adhere.
Models’ make-up, on the other hand, was divinely simple save for glowing skin and brushed-up brows - perfect with the collection’s opulent prints and metallic embroidered detailing.
Models’ eyes at Christian Dior were reminiscent of our post-party kohl - only with an extra dose of chic. Dior’s creative and image director Peter Philips relied on Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof, £21.50, applied to the waterline then smudged purposefully. “I ask the girls to squeeze their eyes closed just after I apply it so it looks like it’s been there for a while, like day-after make-up,” Philips revealed.
To complete their dancer-inspired looks (the show even featured choreographed moves) Philips worked with Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, £29 and a light veil of targeted powder to take away excess shine. While some sported Afros, others wore Dior-emblazoned headbands in a neutral colour palette.
Awkward fringes, skinny brows and mismatched nail polish - the brief for Gucci read like some of our biggest teen beauty disasters. But, paired with the label’s printed designs and sumptuous fabrics, the looks were far from faux pas.
Some models worked barely-there make-up, letting their - slightly fuzzy - textured styles do the talking. Others sported tea-stained eyes that added definition without a hint of smokiness. Black liner loaded up along the waterline added to the ‘rebellious’ vibe as did lashings of mascara - clumps included.
Even the girls’ manis ripped up the rule book - kept free from polish with just a slick of red on one fingernail. The speediest trend ever? We’d say so.
Like Chanel, the Altuzarra show had a vacation-ready spin with ‘holidays and heat waves’ as the theme. All eyes were on the girls’ burnt orange cloud of colour. The secret behind it? MAC Trend Forecast Spring 19 Lip Casual Colour in Sherbetty - part of a brand new palette launching this spring.
While the creamy kit is designed for lips and cheeks, it lent a seamless effect to eyes when applied with MAC 270s Mini Rounded Slant Brush, £21. Simply swipe through your crease, leaving your eyelid clean.
“I wanted to bring a flavour of colour, of fashion, of fire and I wanted a stroke of bright colour but nothing that contrasted too much against the skin,” said make-up artist Tom Pecheux. “It’s the joy of being on vacation.”
Boyish brows reigned at the Balmain show so who better to lead the full-arch brigade than Cara Delevingne? “It’s not an Instagram brow—it’s a beautiful brow,” make-up artist Val Garland said of her look. A trio of formulas was behind it starting with L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Micro Tattoo 24 Hr Eyebrow Definer, £9.99, that boasts the kind of definition and detail you’d get from a microblading treatment. This was topped with a light layer of brow powder and set in place using a brow gel - either tinted or clear depending on the model.
A just-stepped-out-of-the-pool mane provided the perfect accessory. Stylist Sam McKnight used Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, £299,99, to smooth then took a wide-tooth comb, slicking the hair back bit by bit with handfuls of mousse.
Skin was satin-like thanks to L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation, £9.99 while lips had a sheen-free, matte effect from L’Oreal Paris Lip Paint, £6.99, particularly in the shade ‘Nudist.’ In contrast, eyes featured a sporty gloss with a swipe of L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hr Lips, £9.99. The lip duo comes with a tinted stain and a conditioning balm and, with 16 shades to choose from, the latter makes the perfect high-shine layer for lids.
’Athletic women’ was cited as inspiration for the look and Serena Williams acted as the poster girl for models’ hair. High swishy ponytails were worn by some , including Bella Hadid, while others were left natural or given cornrows.
Flawless skin, statement shapes and a bucketload of sparkle - the make-up look at Valentino SS19 was a Pat McGrath masterpiece through and through. “They’re very eccentric, but in a completely modern way,” McGrath said of the twinkling jewel-toned eyes.
Keeping the rest of the make-up pared-back, McGrath painstakingly applied Swarovski crystals around the eye extending them in a wing beyond the brows and up to the temples.
Others sported a glitzy lip instead thanks to Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Extravaganza or Forbidden Love, £30 each, bedecked with crystals.