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The Celebrity Makeup Trends You'll See Everywhere In 2019
Our 2019 ambitions have us ready to take on the new year at full speed — and we're not the only thing coming in hot. According to the A-list makeup artists who create red-carpet looks for Lupita Nyong'o, Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin), Amandla Stenberg, and more, this year's top makeup trends signal strength, bold creativity, and next-level skin.
For makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, that means an uptick in glitter-heavy eye looks (yes, even after the holidays) and glossy, vivid lip color. Meanwhile, makeup artist Robert Sesnek forecasts a surge in graphic eye looks, and even a move toward intense pastels. In other words, now's not the time for meek makeup.
But don't mistake these statement styles for a pile-on of more-is-more makeup. While eye and lip looks evoke dense color, makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown predicts a return to more natural complexions; think creamy skin and barely-there highlight and contouring. Ahead, get a sneak peek of the looks you can expect to see everywhere as we head into awards season — and beyond.
To create the illusion of a floating wing in this eyeliner look for Lily Collins, makeup artist Fiona Stiles bypassed eye-makeup remover when erasing part of the line. "Some people might use makeup remover to clean up liquid liner, but I find it too wet," Stiles shared on Instagram. "My preferred method is [to use] moisturizer on a teeny-tiny cotton bud to create razor-sharp lines."
The Look: Glossy Lips & Glassy Skin
"I think showing more skin is the next trend," Gonzalez says — and she's not talking about a return to cutout bandage dresses, either. She sees the needle moving more toward less cover-up and "a cleaner, healthier, radiant, rested, and rejuvenated skin [look]." Gonzalez's favorite accessory to pair with fresh, glowy skin? A bold, glossy lip. "Something like Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon in Rose Shocking, Rouge Corail, or Framboise," she says. "Keep it simple, but fresh."
Whether you seek an ultra-dewy complexion or a more subtle glow, Gonzalez says there are plenty of options to get you there. "Nowadays you can get foundations that provide full coverage with a natural finish," she says. "The final result depends on the application." She suggests using a dry makeup sponge to achieve a full-coverage yet natural look; a foundation brush and plenty of blending for medium coverage; and using your hands to apply foundation like a moisturizer for sheer coverage. Here, makeup artist Emily Cheng dials up the gloss and glassy finish on Deadpool 2 actress Shioli Kutsuna.
Makeup artist Allan Avendaño created this pastel color-blocked look, which pairs light violet liner with a saturated pastel-pink on lids. That said, pastel shadows that pack a punch of pigment may not be as easy to find as neutral- and jewel-toned palettes. A few of Sesnek's go-tos? MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline gel eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever Artist Color High Impact Shadow shades."Both lines have a wide range of liner and eyeshadow colors," he says.
Not sure where to start when picking from a spectrum of pastel shades? Sesnek offers a few of his favorite combinations to flatter different skin tones: "I like pastel pinks and tangerines for blue eyes and fair skin; mint green and pastel violet for hazel eyes with medium skin tone; and pastel blue and soft yellow for brown eyes and deeper skin tones, [though] this is also a matter of personal preference." Here, makeup artist Karo Kangas gives model Salem Mitchell a strong wash of pastel blue on the lids, then plays it up one step further with a glossy finish.
To achieve a creamy satin finish that doesn't look too powdery, Reiko Brown suggests applying less foundation to a makeup sponge than you usually would, and trying not to inadvertently "stamp" on heavy foundation. Instead, apply foundation only to the center of the face (or where needed most), then use a fluffy brush to whisk product outward toward the edges of the face to diffuse coverage. "Even if you have to be heavy-handed with application, diffuse the end results with something like Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist to break up the matte, powdery look," she says.
The Look: Glitter-Packed Lids
According to Gonzalez, who created this look on Amandla Stenberg, there's no reason to put away the glitter now that the holidays are over. "Glitter is playing a major role in makeup today because of brands like Lemonhead LA that have completely changed the game and made it user-friendly," she says. "I see glitter being layered over eyeshadows and primary-color eyeliners, used as an eyeliner, or on its own all over the eyelid — there are so many options and so much you can do."