Fashion Week Beauty Trends

Beauty looks backstage at Lucilla Gray.

New Zealand Fashion Week has been and gone for another year but the beauty trends are here to stay. Aside from the timeless fashion silhouettes and prints we saw, there were also some classic makeup trends to take inspiration from. With many of the models hitting multiple runways each day, makeup artists kept the canvases, or faces if you will relatively blank. The focus was usually drawn to one key feature, such as the eyes and lips. Here are the trends we loved from fashion week:

Effortless waves: As seen at Lucilla Gray. We loved the slightly crimped, undone textured hair that the models sported here. While crimped hair may be a bit too nineties/early 00’s, you can achieve a similar effect by braiding your hair and then undoing them and running a brush over the hair for some texture.

TRY: Something like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray for texture and volume whilst keeping your hair weightless.

Beauty look backstage at Hailwood.

Flawless Base: As seen at Hailwood. MAC are one of the key teams backstage at NZFW and when it comes to creating flawless, effortless bases, they are the pros. Depending on the coverage you are after, a lightweight base blended with a product like a liquid illuminator can create that dreamy, ethereal skin we all know and love. If your skin’s on the oilier side of things, a matte base combined with a light dusting of a powder highlighter can do the trick. The key takeaway here is less is often more.

TRY: MAC Face and Body Foundation, it’s a fan favourite for artists and beauty enthusiasts. For highlighter we rate Becca’s pressed and poured highlighters, particularly the shade Champagne Pop. It’s gorgeous.

Beauty looks backstage at Salasai.

Bold Eyes: As seen at Salasai. The majority of the looks at NZFW either centred on dramatic eyes or lips. While dramatic, the looks were still wearable so as not to detract from the clothes on show. For eyes, we saw a lot of jet-black liquid liner and creamier textures on the eyelids in earthier tones. While the eyeliner may be a bit dramatic off the runway, you can always tone it down by using a darker brown as oppose to a vivid black, or a pencil rather than a liquid or gel.

TRY: We love L’Oreal’s Superliner eyeliner for a product that delivers dramatic colour and is easy to use. For eyelids, MAC’s Paint Pots in Groundwork and Painterly are staples. They also act as a primer for any eye shadow you apply over the top of them.

Beauty looks backstage at Huffer.

Peachy Pink Lips and Cheeks: As seen at Huffer. While there were certainly some vampy red lips at NZFW, lips were mainly kept to quite a minimalistic look. We suspect lip colours were applied either in the form of a gloss or patted in to the lips for an effortless, barely there hint of colour. In keeping with the flawless base, cheeks were prepped with cream blushers which can be worn a lot more sheerly and add a dewy glow to the complexion.

TRY: Lancôme’s Juicy Shakers for a sheer, glossy colour for the lips. For cheeks, MAC’s cream colour bases are a staple, multi-use product.

Oribe: Available from Stephen Marr salons.

MAC Cosmetics: Available from department stores around New Zealand and at their standalone stores around the country.

L’Oreal: Available from Farmers, Life Pharmacy and other select stockists throughout NZ.

Lancôme: Available at leading department stores, select Farmers stores and pharmacies.

Becca: Available online from Sephora NZ.

By Sophie Putze from Nana Wintour.

Images by Olivia Hemus for MAC.

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