SS18 Makeup Trends You Need to Know About

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Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
January 15th, 2018

Spring makeup usually means fresh skin, and that’s something we can all definitely get on board with. Over the winter season, the trends veered towards more matte bases as well as contouring and highlighting techniques but this season it’s all about simplicity and luminous complexions.

SS18 sees the return of flawless, fresh-faced beauty, with a couple of quirky twists thrown in to keep things interesting. See my round up some of these key makeup trends below.

Luminous Skin


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Dewy, fresh luminous skin is back with a bang this spring, replacing the velvet matte textures of winter. For SS18 it’s all about creating a naturally flawless finish as seen at Altuzarra and Bottega Veneta.

Liquid foundation such as Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua will give skin a healthy glow, while the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Illuminating Kit will create a supermodel high shine on cheekbones.

Blush Replaces Contour


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After being front and centre for multiple seasons, contour has been shown the door in favour of the softer finish that blush gives. Try draping, inspired by the beautiful look created at Valentino. Or alternatively, for a barely there, natural finish try using a liquid formula patted onto cheeks such as NARS Liquid Blushers or Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush.

Soft Lips


Wave bye-bye to sharp, hard lip lines this season because one of the biggest trends for SS18 is for diffused lip colours. Think more tinted balms and stains such as these by The Body Shop rather than full-on lipstick.

Electric Eyes


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In contrast to everything else, this season saw the introduction of bright and bold eyeshadow and liner shades at shows including Marni and House of Holland. Channel your inner artist and play with colour using Max Factor Wild Shadow Pencils or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Proliner in turquoise.

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Sarah Lanagan is an internationally published makeup artist specialising in the fields of editorial, beauty and commercial makeup. She has worked backstage at London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week for shows including Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, Masha Ma and Laura Biagiotti.