Winter 2019 Makeup Trends

It’s that time of year again when you think you’ve got to mix up your makeup routine to keep up with the seasons. Traditionally in winter, you see dark hued lipsticks and customary reds, rich tones to contrast the dreary weather. Fortunately for us, seasons are melding together and leading makeup artists at the big fashion shows around the world who we take cue from are doing this. Spring summer trends are melding with winter which is great for us here in Australia as our winters are mild. Let’s brighten up our winter with what’s trending now.


Two very noticeable trends from fashion weeks around the world. The skin so good you don’t need foundation look and the dewy skin look. Often at fashion shows, designers go neutral and minimal makeup to show off the clothes and this year has been no different. Makeup artists are showing off skin so good, it doesn’t need foundation. Always something we can aspire to, this is the result of a great skincare regime and mixing skin oils into foundation.


The other look that is huge has to be dewy skin. This is all about showing of healthy and moisturised skin that would usually be affected by winter weather.



Huge at Paris Fashion week and seen at Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, rosy cheeks were prominent. The hint of an outdoorsy flush was paired with a very monochromatic look of a pale pink lip and muted pink eyeshadow. This look was big at New York and Paris Fashion week.


Whilst not traditionally a winter look, the bronzed goddess look was seen at New York Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2019 and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2019. The “I’ve just come from the beach” look is always desirable as we chase the endless summer.



Although there were a lot of statement brows and bleached brows on the catwalks, brows this season are less intense than they have been in previous seasons. Gone are the heavy pencil days and perfectly sculpted brows or the big bushy brows, this season’s look is all about a refined, groomed look. More natural looking than previous seasons, but still on point.



Where to start with eyes? So many trends to pick up on! But there were a few that were seen at fashion weeks all around the world that we will focus on.

The Glitzy eye. Inspired by hedonistic disco days, there was glitter everywhere. At Halpern, Rodarte, Ashish & Dries Van Noten, glitter eyes were everywhere. Some makeup artists took it one step further and did a matching glitter monochromatic lip too. But we think you can’t go wrong with a bit of sparkle. If the pros are doing it, why can’t we?


Pops of neon were everywhere. From eyeshadows to mascara to lipsticks, it was everywhere. On the eyes, we’ve seen a few different styles. From smudged across your entire eyelid, to an accent on the inner corner of your eye as seen at Bec & Bridge at MBFWA 2019 to a careful neon winged eyeliner, neon is in. This is a tricky look to pull off so try at your peril!


Another noticeable trend was the smoky eye. Not in the traditional style of shades of grey or deep colours you’d see if you were going out at night but in neutrals and very wearable pinks and mauves. A lot more day appropriate, the lighter colours are easier to master than the darker colours. Seen a lot throughout the international fashion weeks and often matched with a monochromatic lip.


In terms of eyeliner, there were a lot of graphic lines at the international shows. Of course this look is not meant to be for everyday wear by the average person but what was translatable to the everyday person was the classic winged tip and heavy black liner reminiscent of the 60’s. The classic winged tip can be achieved cleanly and simply for a classic look or more heavyhanded for a more extreme look.



As per every winter, red lips are a prominent trend. Velvety mattes were the “in” thing at the international shows, paired with minimalist makeup, which is the way a red lip should be done. You can go basic on everything else and go bold with the lips. Or you can go bold on both! That’s the beauty of makeup…. Other bold tones seen were berry (universally flattering) and a wine colour. Our safest bet though? Has to be a classic red.


Another trend for lips was the opposite of matte. Think high gloss, dewy lips. Makeup artists were using satin and gloss finishes in neutral tones at many different shows at international fashion weeks. Be it a lip balm or gloss, it was liberally applied to create a dewy finish.




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