Glossy, radiant skin was top of the beauty agenda for this season, which is always a welcome trend. Charlotte Tilbury headed up the team behind Alice Temperley’s autumn / winter '18 show, which was “all about mega-watt, glowing skin”. For this, she used her radiance-boosting Hollywood Flawless Filter as a priming base and paired it with a smokey bronze eye for a modern take on Old Hollywood Glamour.
Charlotte’s just-launched complexion products also fit the bill when it comes to perfected skin, with her Magic Away Concealer – a creamy, pigmented formula that reduces dark circles and blemishes – and Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder; a loose powder packed with light-diffusing particles to help blur imperfections and leave a radiant, mattified look to the skin.
Preened brows, clean skin and luscious lashes made up the put-together, corporate chic looks seen at shows such as Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham.
Make-up artist Diane Kendal was behind the "powerful beauty" look at the AW18 Wang show, creating bold brows with Nars’ matte eyeshadow and brow gel. The just-launched Climax Mascara was previewed for voluminous, clump-free lashes that were accompanied by natural, glossy-looking skin to keep things balanced and modern.
Romantic flushed skin added a youthful, often ethereal accent to the designer's vision and was seen popping up across all Fashion Week capitals – from Bora Asku in London to Prabal Gurung in New York.
Diane Kendal was responsible for the make-up at the Prabal Gurung autumn / winter '18 show that paired a '90s-inspired messy bun and comb headband with golden-eyes, glossy lips and a bright flush on the cheeks using MAC’s Flirting with Danger blusher.
Metallic lids branched out with more iridescent finishes and playful primary colours on show. If the pink and purple shimmers seen at Peter Pilotto’s shows are far too daring for you, try a more classic gold or subtle peach, as seen at Chanel and Koche.
Lead make-up artist at the Emporio Armani show, Linda Cantello, described the trio of metallic green, navy and silver shimmers as “a new smokey eye” using the Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tints. The tint’s creamy formula can be built up for your preferred opacity, or blended all over the lid with a fluffy brush for a wash of colour.
Powerful red lips were everwhere, which many have referenced as fashion’s way of promoting female strength at a time when gender equality has been at the heart of social conversation this year.
A matte finish seemed to be the preferred option, which translates well for everyday looks thanks to its superior staying power. We loved the classic red seen on the array of leading models at the Brandon Maxwell show, which make-up artist Tom Pecheux crafted using the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in the shade Feel So Grand. A touch of gold gloss was added to the cupids bow to spotlight the lips for maximum impact.