The takeaway beauty trends from the autumn/winter 2019 shows

The autumn/winter 2019 shows have officially wrapped. From Paris to Milan and London to New York, here are the beauty trends to take note of this season.

New York

New York Fashion Week favoured the bold this February, with bright hues seen across hair and makeup.

At Rodarte, fuchsia, pink, and red lipstick was used as a base, swiped onto eyelids and lips, followed by colour-matched glitter that was pressed on top. “We were all feeling a bit 70s,” said makeup artist, James Kaliardos, who turned to Bob Fosse musicals for inspiration when dreaming up the monochromatic glitter-lids-and-lips combo.  

Flashes of neon eye makeup was also seen at Chromat, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, with pops of cyan, pink, orange and violet stealing the show.

Bold, multi-coloured hair was also sported down the runway. For Anna Sui, Garren created a look with bright punk-inspired wigs. At Jeremy Scott, Wella Professionals global creative director and ghd fashion week ambassador, Eugene Souleiman, also opted for wigs, this time streaked with white paint from the roots, to aid the monochromatic theme.


Across the pond in London, boundaries were pushed beauty wise, with a more-is-more aesthetic.

Swatches of primary colours grazing lids, lips, cheeks and noses, along with glitter and metallic inspiration was served down multiple runways. Vivienne Westwood remained as innovative as ever, with makeup artist, Isamaya Ffrench, decorating select models' faces with scintillating gold glimmer, from the forehead to the chin.

Ffrench was also the creative behind beauty looks at Halpern and Ashish. Halpern saw chunky coats of glitter extending from the eyelids up to the brow bone, packing on the sparkle over a wash of blue and red pigment for a dramatic, paillette effect.

And at Ashish, another bold glittery finish from Ffrench, describing the concept as “‘Dolly dragged through a hedge backwards' and she still looks like a queen.”


Milan Fashion Week started on a somber note with the death of legendary designer, Karl Lagerfeld. But the show must go on, and the runway saw homage being paid to the icon.

“Karl’s last sketches all had a little red lip, so we thought it would be nice to bring them back in the runway look,” said Fendi makeup artist, Peter Philips.

Along with red lips, trends included minimal, barely there eye makeup, as seen at Fendi, Prada, Max Mara, Tod’s and Alberta Ferretti.

Hair was a slick affair at Tod’s and Fendi, with hairstylist, Sam McKnight, creating a thirties inspired look for the latter. “Just as I hope Karl would have loved," said McKnight. Thirties waves turned into a river of glossy swirls and twists, tied into a very contemporary natural pony low in the back.

Hair accessories were also aplenty, with models donning headbands at Ermanno Scervino, glam-rock inspired clips at Versace and fitted caps at Sportmax.


Rounding out the month of international fashion weeks is Paris, which concluded on March 5. The Paris runways are known for consistently delivering some of the most artistic beauty looks, and this season was no exception.

This past week saw Twiggy-esque beauty looks strut down the runway, focusing on dark eyeliner. Makeup artist, Peter Philips, took inspiration from 60s London youth culture with graphic, chunky black liner and painted on bottom lashes. “It’s raw English style. Very rough, heavy-handed," Philips said of the look.

Black winged liner was also big at Saint Laurent, Maison Margiela, Marques'Almeida and Y/Project.

Sleek hair was a trend on the Paris runways, as it was in Milan. Hairstylist, Jawara, created an ultra-slick look for Mugler, and Eugene Souleiman took mirror-like shine into overdrive with clear headbands wrapped around already sleek-and-shiny low ponytails at Maison Margiela.