Fashion Week inspo, part 2: London

Fashion Week inspo, part 2: London

Fresh from London Fashion Week, these dreamy beauty trends are set to be huge in 2019 

Last week, we took you to the Big Apple for the latest hair and beauty trends – this week, the Big Smoke, as we reveal the killer LFW looks you’ll want to add to your ‘must-try’ list.

Hair was huge in London. Dolly Parton has recently been in town and perhaps the gloriously voluminous styles were a tribute to the First Lady of country – or a nod to the forthcoming series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ashish embraced the trend, styling gigantic wigs with jewelled barrettes; and rather than contrasting with low-key make-up, his models sported multicoloured glitter on their lips and eyes. Soooooo disco.

Wigs don’t have to be wild and enormous though, if you fancy wearing one. Matty Bovan captured a 1920s aesthetic with super short wigs and high-shine, ruby pouts. He contrasted the glamour with natural eyebrows and light-wash foundation so models’ natural glow – and freckles – could shine through.

Legendary make-up artist Val Garland was at the helm for Erdem and took inspiration from the 1960s. She used high hairdos and gel liner set with black powder to channel the swinging decade. And Bora Aksu’s ‘space age’ models, with their romantic Barbarella aesthetic, sported serious metallic eyes and lots of lift in their hair.

Molly Goddard was looking further back into the past for her hair and beauty inspo. With a ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ vibe in play, the Rococo-style ball gowns Goddard sent down the runway were contrasted with flushed, ruddy cheeks and fierce black eyeliner.

Henry Holland went all-out for colour at his AW19 show. The stripy knitwear and tie-dye fashion popped against megawatt blue eye shadow and natural – in some cases blocked-out – brows. Nude lips and high shine cheeks allowed Holland’s acid house, clashing prints and punky platform boots to steal all the thunder. Ponytails, s-waves and two-tone nails in black and blue (definitely a trend to try this spring) completed Holland’s youthful look.

At Preen hair was focused on texture, with loose pin curls used on top of bobs and ponytails for an eye-catching effect. Brown-nude shades were used on the eyes, lips and for contouring to create a natural look – and brows were, again, natural (is it finally time to pack away those heavy gel sets and brow pencils?)

And, if you’re looking for a trend with real bite, Burberry sent models down the runway wearing gelled forehead artwork. As if the dazzling retro-meets-futuristic look wasn’t enough of a showstopper, Gigi Hadid made her debut for the British fashion house absolutely slaying this street-style-friendly trend.

Backstage secrets

Perfect your LFW look with these beauty shortcuts, tried and tested by the professionals:

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum– use every morning, under your prescribed moisturiser and before applying your makeup, to help smooth fine lines and target the signs of ageing around the delicate eye area.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil – designed to address uneven skin tone, this ‘dewy skin in a bottle’ will add instant radiance to dull and tired looking skin.

Ren Skincare Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot– a gel serum that instantly firms, lifts and plumps the skin to leave it looking dramatically smoother, tighter and more youthful.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Smooth Start Collection – a shortcut to smoother, more radiant skin, this gentle alternative to harsh chemical treatments has been developed using natural enzymes from fruit and barley.

Pureology Clean Volume Instant Levitation Mist – a refreshing menthol-infused volumising spray for fine hair, Pureology Clean Volume provides strands with 24 hours of body-boosting lift.

Redken Quick Dry 18 – control and complete your hairstyle with a fast, firm, no-fuss finish and healthy shine: this “spray and shape” product can be used during the styling process for up-dos or to finish a style.