It’s all about the eyes this season.
Tomorrow is the final day of Paris Fashion Week, which means that the whirlwind of fashion month is officially over. While our minds are very much on the terrible events of Monday morning, as well as the natural disasters and political turmoil around the world, we’re happy to find that the industry is forging ahead with more political awareness and inclusivity than ever before.
Fashion continues to act as a great barometer of cultural attitudes, and nearly every designer embraced a more upbeat response to the current social climate with their dramatic runway beauty, to the delight of makeup junkies everywhere. Spring/summer ’18 offered up an array of colorful statement looks and a notable eschewal of the “no-makeup makeup” of past seasons. From glitter taking its rightful place at the forefront of every makeup artist’s tool kit to a nostalgic resurgence of bold, ’90s-era eyeliner, and the triumphant return of the blowout, there has been no shortage of drama on the runways this season. Take a look below for the best beauty trends we’ll be recreating this fall.
SLICK, SMOOTH ’70s MIDDLE PARTS
With all due respect to the bouncing, supermodel volume we’ve come to know and love the past few years, there is something refreshing about watching a slick blowout come down the runway. Seriously, when was the last time you used a flatiron to actually straighten your hair, or just ran a brush through an air dry? Fast, easy, and perfectly chic. And whether it’s waist-length or bobbed, the middle part continues to dominate any and all hair lengths, and everyone from Calvin Klein to Versace had their own version of the classic style.
GLITTER, GLITTER EVERYWHERE
And we mean everywhere! From the comet-trail nails at Jeremy Scott to the wash of sparkle over the lids at Stella Jean, and the delicate line of crystals on the lips at Dries Van Noten, glitter is officially acceptable for everyday wear. We know you still have a roll-on of Bath & Body Works scented glitter in a drawer somewhere. It’s time to bust it out and embrace fall’s biggest and brightest beauty trend.
STOCK UP ON LINER, STAT
While a subtle flick of winged liner will never go out of style, the kohl-heavy looks of spring/summer ’18 have us seriously excited. Marc Jacobs certainly had one of the most dramatic iterations on the lid and waterline, while Monse and Erdem embraced a bold take on the traditional cat eye. So forget holding your breath while attempting a delicate sliver two inches from your bathroom mirror—you can accomplish this look after two drinks in the back of an Uber on your way to another party. The bolder the lines and the blacker the pencil, the better.
SO BRIGHT AND SO SHINY
Bow down to Rihanna for setting the tone for the rest of fashion month. Her Fenty x Puma collection was topped with shimmering highlight from the temples down the whole length of her models’ cheekbones. We enjoy when our friends can see our dewy complexions from a couple yards away. More subtle but no less glamorous versions popped up at Christopher Kane, Cushnie et Ochs, and Baja East, meaning glowy, luminous skin is here to stay.
GET CREATIVE WITH EYESHADOW
While a blended, smoky eye will remain a red carpet staple forever, we’re partial to the creative use of color and shading all over the spring/summer ’18 runways. Jason Wu’s “pinky-print” eyeshadow replaced the traditional wing, while Ulla Johnson embraced white, double liner under the lower lid. The effect is modern and playful, and you’ll find us exploring all the different ways to apply shadow without a brush. The number one rule to great makeup: It should always be fun!
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