The new year is only a couple of weeks away, bringing with it not only renewed hope and the promise of new possibilities but a myriad of exciting and easy-to-achieve makeup trends as well. The past year saw many emerging beauty fads grace the catwalks of Paris, London, New York, and Milan, giving us a sneak peek at what makeup will look like in 2019. From ruby red lips and eyeshadows reminiscent of a beautiful sunset to dramatic cat-eyes and shimmering cheekbones, the makeup trends predicted for the new year are undoubtedly worth obsessing over. Here’s a closer look at just four of the countless looks that are set to be all the rage come January, transforming women of all ages into the Goddesses they were destined to be.
Bold, monochromic eye colors
2018 was undoubtedly all about metallic eyeshadows, color-blocked eyeliner, and extreme lash volume. Next year, however, will see colorful eyes and contoured eyebrows reign supreme with bold, monochrome eyes being huge on the runways at Elie Saab, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Christian Dior, giving us a glimpse of what to expect in the new year. While blue, green, yellow, orange and pink are all predicted to be popular in the eyeshadow department, bright-pink mascara as seen backstage at Ulla Johnson will lead the way as far as lashes are concerned. Popular products to add to your makeup collection include the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II eyeshadow palette and the Nars Domination single eyeshadows in a variety of vibrant colors.
Bold lips in shades of red
While red lips certainly featured during 2018 it was not nearly as popular as rosy nudes and metallic liners & shadows in a variety of fun colors including blue, bronze, and pink. Next year, however, French-inspired bold red lips are set to make a welcome return after recently appearing on the runways of Rochas, Chanel, and McQueen. Pillarbox reds, coral tones, rich tomato hues, and moody burgundies will feature on the runways and sidewalks of the world throughout the year. Paired with one of this year’s hottest trends, the barely-there makeup, and shower-fresh hair, vivacious red lips will undoubtedly return as one of the hottest lip trends of 2019. Even if you have never had the confidence to wear a bright red lip color before, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t embrace your inner femme-fatale in the new year.
Glitter, glitter everywhere
Glitter is another current trend that is set to return in the new year. During the course of 2018, glittery eyes, cheeks, and lips were spotted on numerous runways, indicating that 2019 is going to be filled with countless sparkly faces reminiscent of the spectacular night sky. Whether you opt for dramatic spangled lips or a soft shimmery eye, you can’t go wrong by adding a dash of magical whimsy to your look. Top cosmetic brands such as Maybeline, Revlon, and Mac all sport a range of sparkling products ranging from lip gloss and eyeliner to shadows and skin primers while LA-based Lemonhead sports a range of products that have been spotted on models clad in Kate Spade’s 2019 Spring Collection.
The Graphic Cat-Eye
The popular cat-eye will get an overhaul next year featuring graphic swoops, floating triangles, and dramatic freehand designs in a variety of colors and styles. One take on the cat-eye that will with a doubt be trending next year consists of two flicks at the outer corners of the eye as seen at LaQuan Smith. This dramatic look can easily be achieved with either a pencil or liquid liner in the color of your choice. Against a clean, rosy face, extra thick, dark liner applied to both the lower and upper lash lines will make for a dramatic statement reminiscent of the European catwalks. Quality is key when purchasing an eyeliner so make the effort to opt for a good product from a reputable manufacturer such as Bobbie Brown, L’Oreal, and Sephora.
A world devoid of makeup will undoubtedly be sullen and sad. Putting on makeup does not only transform our appearance but also gives us the confidence to be the best possible version of ourselves. While 2018 was by no means bare of noteworthy trends, 2019 promises to bring even more inspiring looks. Embrace the trends to come but never compromise on your own personal style that makes you unique.