Backstage Cheat Sheet: The Spring 2018 Beauty Trends You'll Want to Wear Now
While we might be happy enough slipping into our cashmere jumpers, lighting our best scented candles and hunkering down for winter, we're still reveling in the magic that was the spring/summer 2018 shows, and it's got us thinking that a little bit of hair and makeup experimentation could be exactly the thing we need to brighten up these grey days.
This season, the world's most revered beauty experts took to their proverbial stage (read: cramped, dark backstage space) to create some of the most incredible beauty trends we've ever seen. And while these are the looks intended to be worn next season, along with our floaty dresses and Céline sunglasses, they're too good (and surprisingly wearable) to file away until then.
So get out your makeup bag and brush off your hair tools—from oil-slick eyes to crystal encrusted everything via the most delicious (yes, really) updos we've ever encountered, keep scrolling for your spring/summer 2018 beauty cheat sheet. We'll see you in front of the mirror.
Imaxtree, Christian Vierig/Getty Images; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Concept Korea, Maison Martin Margiela
You might have mastered the art of precise lipstick application and possess the ability to apply any bullet blindfolded, without even the faintest wisp of a mishap. But this new lip trend dictates that actually it's okay to miss a bit. In fact, you could miss a whole lip if you wanted, and it would still look cool as per the Concept Korea show. Or try leaving a channel down the centre of the mouth bare. Why? Well, just because you can.
SHOP THE MISSED-A-BIT LIPS LOOK
BAKE OFF BUNS
Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Delpozo, Cushnie et Ochs, Daks
The Great British Bake Off may be over for yet another year, but the hair world is only just brushing off their aprons and fashioning updos reminiscent of the contents of a Parisian bakery. Think croissant-shaped chignons, cinnamon-bun topknots and glossy pecan plaits.
SHOP THE BAKE OFF BUNS LOOK
Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Euden Choi, Rochas, Cristiano Burani
Consider this trend the eyeliner equivalent of those Picasso-inspired face earrings everyone has been wearing this year. Rather than lashline-hugging cat eye flicks, the new way to wear liquid eyeliner is with pure whimsy and abandon—encircle eyes in almond-shaped rings or take inspiration from the stock exchange and draw on the sort of fluctuating lines you see on a financial chart.
SHOP THE SURREALISTS LOOK
Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Bora Aksu, Valentino
With the ability to brighten a complexion and awaken tired eyes like nothing else, it's only right that blusher breaks free from the shackles of its traditional apple-of-the-cheek placement and instead, travel up to the eyes and along the cheekbones. And don't play it safe with the shade either: Opt for a poppy fuchsia or electric neon pink.
SHOP THE HOT FLUSHES LOOK
Imaxtree, Victor Virgile/Getty Images; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Jeremy Scott, Dries Van Noten
Crystals aren't just for cleansing your aura, FYI, but also make a brilliant accessory for your under eyes, hair parting and Cupid's bow. The key here is to keep everything else pretty understated—think dewy skin, mascara-less eyes and nude lips—and the additional sparkling Swarovskis won't start to look OTT.
SHOP THE CRYSTAL HEALING LOOK
Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Emporio Armani, Topshop Unique
Eye shadow is having somewhat of a renaissance, which is particularly good news for our old friend the smoky eye. Instead of the bog-standard charcoal grey, slightly pearlescent petrol-tones make the whole thing feel far more modern. Just place in controlled areas, like a little smudge under the lower lashline or tucked into the outer corner of the eye.
SHOP THE PETROL SPILL LOOK
Want more beauty inspiration? Click through below to find all of our favourite backstage beauty looks from the New York, London, Paris and Milan shows.