I know—we can't believe it either—but fashion month is in full swing once more, and this week it was London's turn to show us its vision for the coming autumn 2018 season. Yes, there were clothes (and some pretty nice ones at that), but naturally, it was the beauty looks that have us peering like a meerkat at the models sauntering down the runway.
I know we haven't even had a chance to fully throw ourselves into the joy that is spring beauty (sun, where are you?), but who's to say that you can't adopt these autumn 2018 beauty trends right now?
From the glitter-flecked foreheads to the eyeliner look that might just have you setting your black pencil aside—we've filtered down the bevy of winter beauty trends into an easy cheat sheet. Take a look at the NY and London looks you'll be sporting in just a few months, but keep checking back, as we'll be adding inspiration from Milan and Paris too in the coming weeks.
The prep backstage at Preen might have looked low-key, but that's exactly the kind of vibe the brand was going for. "The inspiration for the hair is sea anemones," explained Wella hairstylist Eugene Souleiman. "We want the girls to look like they're in water—like [their hair] is floating with zero gravity." That meant he doused the models' hair with Wella EIMI Mistify Me Light (£15) and Dry Me (£6) and added soft waves using Ghd's new Gold Styler (£139) before makeup artist Val Garland blew MAC glitter all over their faces.
It's not often that you find yourself pining after silver eye shadow, but that's exactly how we feel after witnessing makeup artist Monica Marmo swipe the models' eyes in a foil-finish pigment backstage at Delpozo. The exact Nars product she used isn't out until later in the year, but for now, Eye Paint in Interstellar (£19) is a pretty close match.
For hairstylist Stephen Low, this twisted hair knot is all about the "snakeskin shine"—hair that shows off the texture of the individual strands but still has those bands of beaming gloss. Before twisting hair tightly and securing into a looped knot, Low prepped it with plenty of L'Oreal Professionnel's Tecni.Art Liss Control Cream (£12) and Liss Control+ Serum (£12).
There we were thinking that pink eye shadow was one surefire way to make eyes look swollen and sore—on the models at Halpern, it looked fresh and fun, especially when peering out from behind a fan of mega-long lashes. Still not sure? This is how to make pink eye shadow work for you.
Another pink eye look, but this time, it comes teamed with a band of lilac liner on the lower lash line. Maybe not one for a midweek meeting, but as soon as Friday rolls around, this is the kind of playful spirit we'll be going for.
Glitter makeup has definitely been having a rather extended moment in the beauty limelight as of late, but these tiny crystals that have emerged from the kits of makeup artists worldwide offer up a more wearable and grown-up version of the look. Plus, it's relatively low-lift: Simply get a tonne of gems from Amazon and use lash glue to dot them over the eyelids with wild abandon.
Last season it was scrunchies, but when tasked with pulling an old-school hair accessory from the depths of his hair kit (and our memories), it was these seemingly nameless tooth-combed Alice bands that Anthony Turner gave the chance the chance at a cultural comeback. Armed with an arsenal of Wella products, he doused the models' hair with Wella Professionals Oil Reflections (£16) to give it that '90s sheen, pulled it back into a yoga-worthy bun before slipping the hairband in over the top—FYI, Amazon calls them Flexicombs.
We're not sure the beauty world will ever tire of reinventing the humble braid, and to be honest, we wouldn't want it to anyway. There are already so many ways to wear them, but we're coming round to the idea of these ear-veiling French plait meets pigtail, à la Wednesday Addams as sported by the models at Negris LeBrum.
It can be so easy to get all worked up trying to master the perfect black eyeliner flick (read this and it won't seem so tricky anymore), but the makeup look at Tibi serves as a welcome reminder that makeup is there to be played with. To re-create, we'd use Nars Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Khao San Road (£19), as blue eyeliners don't really come punchier than this one.
There was once a time that a ponytail was your "day off" hairstyle, for gym visits or rushed mornings, but nowadays, it's become a fancy hairstyle in its own right. That's thanks to its constant reinvention on the world's catwalks. This tucked-under style is for certain our favourite of its most recent incarnations and takes little more than a flick of the wrist and some heavyweight hair spray, such as IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray (£25), to inject some shine.
Ah, another '90s throwback we didn't expect to see at fashion week: the retro claw-clip. To create the look, Redken hairstylist Guido Palau twisted hair into a low chignon before using the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer (£300) to smooth before clasping in place with one of these clips. You might not have seen one in, well, forever, but you can get Scunci's clips pretty easily at Boots.
The final trend worthy of adding to your beauty to-do list is this ethereal nymph-like makeup look from Brock Collection. Eyes were clouded in a series of tea-stained brown shadows in velvety matte textures (Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette, £40 would be perfect for this) and lashes were coated with a lightweight brown mascara.