Feast your eyes on the hair and make-up of dreams
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… No not Christmas, Fashion Month.
Much like their fashion counterparts, the beauty looks of the shows set the precedent for the year ahead. New York Fashion Week was over in the blink of an eye, so now it’s London’s turn to show present us with the biggest hair and make-up trends 2019 will bring.
So far we’ve seen nods to the Golden Age inspired by 1950s fashion, glitter and gold leaf, heavy heavy blusher and barnets worthy of the great Dolly Parton.
At Ashish, enormous wigs were coiffed and blow dried into huge voluminous styles complete with bejewelled barrettes, while in the make-up department different coloured glitter was applied to the lips and eyes, catching the light at every turn. It was seriously extra and we loved it.
Meanwhile at Halpern, bright chroma eyeshadow was applied to the lids before layering cracked gold leaf over the top for a seriously cool look.
Hair was kept pretty natural, apart from a few marcel waves to frame the golden eyes in a nod to 1920s fashion.
If we had to pick out one specific, wearable trend, it’d be the ponytail, which has appeared several times this season as the understated yet chic hairstyle of the day. But season after season emphasis is placed on individuality – sometimes models are even asked what look they would like.
Keep scrolling for the hottest hair and make-up ideas to take from the runway into real life (mostly).
Bora Aksu's models had a sort of 'sci-fi edge' with a lot of texture and lift to the hair – check out those metallic eyes.
Matty Bovan combined super short, choppy wigs that epitomised the roaring twenties, along with a high-shine blood red lip.
We need to talk about Alex Brownsell's genius hair at Alexa Chung: first the hairline was fluffed out using a big blusher brush, then given static texture using a blown-up balloon. The whole thing was topped off with a muted brown smokey eye. Awesome.
Thomas Hardy's works were the inspiration behind Molly Goddard's AW19 beauty look. Heavily flushed, ruddy cheeks gave the impression of being out in the midwinter cold for hours on end, finished off with a heavy dose of black liner.
Blended out blue eyeshadow reigned king at House of Holland, paired with a reverse French mani reminiscent of a peacock eye. Hair was a mixture of both loose and S-waves.
Hair at Preen was all about roughened texture, offset with loose pin curls on top of the bobs and ponytails donned by models. Brown-nude lipstick was used on the eyes, lips and to contour for a perfect natural look.
Makeup at Burberry was very paired down, but it was the gelled forehead artwork that caught everyone's eye. 'It's inspired by a much more elaborate version of youth culture,' explained Redken's global creative director Guido Palau.
Hitchcock and Fellini in eyeliner form – Val Garland used gel liner set with black powder for her anti-cat eye at Erdem, complete with a higher than high hairdo. Very sixties.
The inspiration here? Lego hair. Models hair was moulded with a lot of gel, then dried using a diffuser to ensure it stayed in place. Skin was kept fresh, natural-looking and glowy.
A bold red lip is a winning look whatever the occasion, and especially at Fashion Week.
Mixing high shine lips, eyes and skin, RIXO was all about that ethereal, light-catching glow with this look using Anastasia Beverly Hills.
A bold mix of primary colours, this looks was inspired by 'Paloma Picasso and Madonna when they would hang out with Warhol in the 80s. Strong, confident and elegant with a twist.'