Get The Glitter Bug
If there was one beauty trend that truly dominated all four fashion weeks, it was make-up artists’ obsession with all things sparkly, shimmery and shiny. Glittery eyelids were on show at Topshop, Undercover and Stella Jean, whilst stick-on gems, jewels and rhinestones stole the show(s) at Dries Van Noten, Jeremy Scott and Givenchy. There were even glitter lips at Shrimps. Spring/summer 2018 is all about sparkle.
There’s no denying that skin is in, with numerous shows across all four fashion cities basing their beauty looks on, well, base. At Versace, supermodels were the inspiration behind models’ glowing complexions (of course, Naomi, Claudia, Cindy et al were on hand to provide perfect source material), whilst similarly flawless skin was on show at Isabel Marant, Altuzarra and Bottega Veneta. Look too to the likes of Issey Miyake, where Alex Box created a “baby skin” effect with a purplish primer blended around the eyes.
Have you ever thought about cutting all your hair off? Well, do it now. From the pixie-cut wigs at Moschino and Giorgio Armani to the faux crops created with some clever clipping and pinning by Orlando Pita at Tom Ford, short styles were more popular on the catwalk than ever. Note too the casting of short-haired models such as Sarah Fraser, Amandine Renard and Adwoa Aboah – moodboard inspiration indeed.
The Modern Cat Eye
Traditionally, eyeliner flicks are considered more of an autumn/winter beauty look. But for spring/summer 2018, updated takes on the cat-eye were seen across the board, from the graphic, negative-space eyes by Lucia Pieroni at Rochas to the exaggerated petrol-blue swoops at Fendi and the reverse feline flicks at Jill Stuart. The most innovative? The graphic shapes at the outer corners of the eyes at Lanvin, by Karim Rahman, were created with drinking straws dipped in MAC Chromacake.
The Return Of Nail Art
Hair and make-up often take the focus backstage, but nail art was back in full force for the new season. There wore logo manis at Helmut Lang, crystal embellishment at Philipp Plein and Naeem Khan, and ombre glitter talons at Tom Ford. If you have a steady hand, try to recreate the petal-adorned nails created using Deborah Lippmann at Creatures of Comfort.
Hair accessories were a hit for spring/summer 2018, from logo scarves wrapped around ponytails at Lanvin to Sixties-style headbands at Miu Miu. The most covetable, though, were prim and proper hair grips worn above each ear, primary-school style. Versace’s were sleek and chic, Dolce & Gabbana’s came heavily-embellished and outlandish, and Simone Rocha’s were adorned with pearls. Failing that, who wouldn’t fall in love with Gucci’s bow hairband?
Summer’s lip tones are a bright and beautiful array of perky pinks and reds ranging from coral to tomato to raspberry and cherry. Dolce & Gabbana saw Pat McGrath using a huge range of cherry-pop shades to suit each girl, whilst high-shine fuchsia ruled at Chanel, pillarbox red at Max Mara and lollipop pink at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini by Tom Pecheux.
Sweeping fringes were on show at Tom Ford by Orlanda Pita and at Fendi by Sam McKnight – the latter created via blue, green and petrol-hued hairpieces. At Giorgio Armani and Moschino the short wigs came complete with choppy fringes, whilst at Prada, Guido Palau’s loose, piecey strands around the face were designed to create a boyish ease.
The Death Of Contouring
Contouring? There was barely a whisper of it backstage at the shows, with make-up artists instead reaching for blush, applied to the apples of the cheek. Pat McGrath employed classic blush draping techniques at Valentino, in shimmering pink, whilst at Chanel, Tom Pecheux used a bold red hue. For a subtler take, see Simone Rocha’s softly blushing beauties, by Sam Bryant.
Would it really be summer make-up without some seriously bright colours on show? Electro-pop eye make-up appeared in orange, pink and aquamarine at House of Holland, in highly-pigmented pastels at Missoni, and in blues, greens and turquoises at Marni. And that’s before we even get onto the artistic creations by Hung Vanngo at Matty Bovan. The bolder, brighter and more eye-popping, the better.