Neo Woman

In light of recent events, the Autumn Winter 2018 catwalk shows were a mix of interpretations by creative directors of the now globally prevalent neo-feminism. Exhibiting ways to express power and strength whilst maintaining a sense of sex appeal and soft femininity was the apparent challenge. Drawing from menswear as well as key waves of feminism throughout history, the pieces were intended to command respect for the wearer. Translating this intention into the makeup looks, everything was pared back with a strong focal point on complimenting the models’ complexion and features to embrace individuality. Keeping light-handed is the main method of practice to ensure a flawless and precise result.

Power Woman

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Reflective of the American current affairs making an impact in the corporate world, Alexander Wang’s AW18 spoke a new language of female power-dressing. Bringing a sexy playfulness into the mix, Wang pushed the boundaries of what it means to be an executive in this age. Highlighting the sense of control and strength that we hold as women, the toughness in the pieces were offset with minimal makeup, designed by Diane Kendal – “This season, the inspiration is all about powerful beauty.” Enhancing the skin to perfection was the main focus. Atop a freshly moisturised base, a glowing foundation was applied, followed by concealer and powder. A tinge of contour blush and highlighting blush was used to give off a naturally chiseled look.

 

Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Collection, $57.

 

YSL Couture Contouring Palette, $106

 

NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross, $57.
Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream, $87.
Organic Nation More Than Rose Hydration Mist, $68.30

For the natural-looking power brow, matte eyeshadow, brow pencil and tinted brow gel was layered. On the eyes was a light wash of matte grey-brown to add soft dimension.

Benefit Gimme Brow, $45.
Jane Iredale Brow Pencil, $42.85.

Golden Glow

2018-19 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-To-Wear Show Backstage
Makeup CHANEL
© CHANEL 2018
Photos Benoît Peverelli

The greatly anticipated spectacle of Chanel’s show did not fail to surprise or delight this season. Its Fall-Winter Ready-To-Wear Show was set in a majestic autumnal forest lined with nine trees within the Grand Palais. Tweed, quilting, fur, padding, skirt suits, exaggerated shoulders, gold boots, glittery tights and neon gloves graced the leaf-strewn runway. To compliment the hues, a healthy sculpted look was created via draping. A large dose of golds, bronzes and warm browns were swept across the eyes and blended out to the temples and cheekbones. Groomed brows, mascara and natural lips with a tight frayed top-knot finished the look.

M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix +, $40
Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream, $64.99.
Chanel Le Teint Ultra Fluid Foundation, $109
Elizabeth Arden Stroke of Perfection Concealer, $58
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour Powder, $108

 

Smashbox Brow Tech to Go, $47
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Paradise Extatic Mascara, $25.99
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Deep, $137.
YSL Rouge Volupte Tint-in-Balm, $66

 

2018-19 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-To-Wear Show Backstage
Makeup CHANEL
© CHANEL 2018
Photos Benoît Peverelli

Colour Play

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 feminist ‘youthquake’ in Paris, Maria Grazia Chiuri created Dior’s AW18 Ready to Wear as an ode to the unisex direction of women’s fashion post sixty-eight. Craft was big in the collection – patchwork, crochet, shearling and panelled denim was adorned with brass hardware, baker boy hats and large coloured sunglasses. Delicate sheer pieces that showed off the female silhouette were also prevalent to exude empowerment. Reflecting the spirit of the season, Peter Philips played with coloured eyeliner that matched the hue of the shades. Drawing a line on both the upper and lower lashlines to create a “camouflage” make-up effect. The rest of the face was left natural and radiant, keeping the main focus on the eyes.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Radiance Booster, $108.
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, $101
M.A.C Hyper Real Glow Palette, $85
Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, $44
Too Faced Chocolate Brow-nie Cocoa Powder Brow Pencil, $35
The Body Shop Shine Lip Liquid in Strawberry Bonbon, $19.95.