With each new year, it brings a new wave of trends in all areas – but makeup is an ever-changing field that brings with it new and exciting (and perhaps even a bit bizarre!) styles, tips and tricks for you to reinvent yourself in 2019! Last year, there were beautiful and wacky beauty trends that circulated within the beauty community with the overarching theme being anything that gave your aesthetic that much-desired edge. 2018 was abundant with razor-sharp contour, dazzling highlight and heavy winged liner to bring together your makeup look. We were also introduced to Rihanna’s all-inclusive cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty which rattled the cages of the beauty industry forever – opening up a promising future for the years to come for more access for all skin types and colors to products.
But for now, let’s stick with 2019 and the trends that are already blossoming in these early months!
1. GLASS SKIN
If you’ve ever seen someone with glowing skin that looks as if they’ve got a natural radiance to it, it’s possible that they’ve been won over by the ‘glass skin’ trend. A Korean beauty trick which has spread to the rest of the world which is leaving skin looking stunning, healthy and glowy. But don’t worry – it’s not as scary as it sounds! You don’t have to get any plastic surgery, or any layers of actual glass laid over your face. All you have to do is make some adjustments to your skincare regime so that you are left with clear and dewy skin. First up, cleanse and then cleanse again.
The first time, cleanse using an oil-based product. This will work to remove any makeup from your pores and ensure that you’re given a clean base to begin with. Then, take your favorite cream cleanser. This will nourish your skin and begin to give you a glow. Next, exfoliate. While you shouldn’t do this too often, it will help to further detox your skin. Then hydrate your skin with your favorite moisturizer. While this may take longer in your nighttime routine, you won’t regret it. When you next apply makeup, ditch any of the harsh makeup products that you’ve been wearing in 2018. We want a clear, flawless finish to this look with everything kept light and minimal.
2. DO YOU EVEN WEAR MAKEUP?
f you’re not one of those people that wants to lose an extra half an hour to an hour of sleep just so that you can do your makeup in the morning, then 2019’s no makeup look will make you one happy bunny. Minimal makeup that is light, makes you look as if you’re not wearing anything while still looking effortlessly flawless is now in! Wave goodbye to the heavy contour, the thick baking, and the smokey eyes – looking like you’re wearing no makeup is now in and it’s here to stay!
To achieve this look, take a BB or CC cream that will help you to just veil any flaws without caking it on. Fill in any gaps in your eyebrow with a light pencil, apply a thin coat of mascara, a lip balm and you are done. No makeup look achieved!
3. BOLD LIPS
If you’re reading this article and you’re someone who likes ‘extra’ makeup, don’t worry! It’s not all leaving us – yes, you might see fewer people contouring their cheeks but the one thing that people are clinging onto are bold lip colors. If you match this with a more natural base for your makeup, then it will make even more of a statement.
Take on board your skin tone when picking which bold lip color you want but there is no color that isn’t in at the moment – whether it’s a deep wine red or a brighter color. The world is your oyster! Go as bright or as deep as you want to, just ensure that it’s bold enough that you’ll stand out from the rest of the crowd!
4. COLORFUL MASCARA
Colored mascara is back in – yes, all you 80’s kids who loved slapping on some bright blue mascara then you’re in luck. As most things do, this trend has come back into fashion. Using some colorful mascara adds a little something different to your makeup look that provides the same effect as a bold lipstick – it adds a pop of color to your look and makes you look extremely put together without having to put too much effort into it.
However, you do have to tread with care when it comes to this trend. Try to avoid anything with pink or red undertones such as orange, red and pink mascaras as this will draw attention to any redness in your eyes and will make you look sick. Stick to brighter colors that will accentuate your natural eye color – you could even pair them with your outfit if you want to look fully color coordinated!
5. COLORFUL EYELINER
Following the theme of colorful eye looks, pair your colored mascara with a bright eyeliner. Whether it’s just a flash of color that follows closely to your eye-line or a large cat wing that’s bright pink – it’s your choice! You can be as creative as you like. One thing that you may want to try out if you’re feeling brave is doing a rainbow-winged liner – whether that’s through stacking the lines one on top of the other or whether it’s giving each color its own section across the length of your eye. Whatever it is, make sure that you go with a careful hand so that you have clean lines and clean up with any concealer if you make the wing too big.
To go with your liner, you can also try some big and bold eyeshadow looks. Everyone is trying this technicolor eyeshadow looks with the release of James Charles’ palette which is alive with color – so experiment! See what you like and what you don’t like, don’t be afraid to try new things that are out of your comfort zone.