ANNA SORBIE’S TOP A/W18 HAIR AND BEAUTY TRENDS
Anna Sorbie – founder of www.annasorbie.com a bridal hair and special occasion styling consultancy offering hair, extensions, make-up, headwear, and jewellery services to brides across the UK – predicts her top A/W18 beauty and hair trends
This warm and universally flattering shade is gorgeous for the chillier season and thanks to the Chanel A/W ‘18 show it’s set to be a huge Autumn beauty trend this year. Bronze is a very chic and modern alternative to brown eyeshadow and is far softer than smoky coloured shadows, so I often recommend it to my bridal clients. A great alternative to greys and blacks, bronze can be used to add intensity to your client’s look, making it a great hue for night-time, however it can also be used in the day to warm up a complexion and add subtle depth to a natural look. Using the same shade of bronze to add colour to the lids, to highlight temples and add a flush of colour to cheeks is also a beautiful way to pull a look together and give it a uniform appearance. For a very modern look using bronze eyeshadow, copy the Philosophy A/W ‘18 models and use a sweep of subtle bronze on lids and cheekbones, paired with bold, brushed-up au naturel brows.
This seriously sparkly trend is definitely not one for everyday, but it has such ‘wow’ factor it can’t be ignored. At Giambattista Valli, models’ faces were prepped with lip balm, before being blown with glitter. The result was a beautiful, ethereal ‘mask’ of glitter that covered the entire face. This look may be beautiful and quirky, but it certainly isn’t wearable, so to translate the trend for your special occasion clients, copy the technique, but limit it to the outer corner of eyelids and temples.
A sleek ponytail is a simple, but strong and glamorous look that I was delighted to see prevail at Fashion Week A/W18, however this season the super-high ‘power pony’s’ have taken a backseat: at Mark Fast the look was a mid-set ponytail that retained that same level of sharpness and glamour as a high pony, thanks to a sharp, deep-side parting and a high-shine finish. To recreate the look, elevate the front of the crown with a parting far to one side, before sweeping hair into a tight ponytail, using a strong-hold high-shine spray to finish.
Pink-painted eyelids were a Fashion Week A/W18 trend that you couldn’t ignore. On the runways of Peter Pilotto, Dior and Marni models’ lids were painted in various pink hues and with a variety of application methods: from a wash of pretty petal pink subtly swept across eyelids, to electric pink liner applied in a simple line, Crayola-style on the upper and lower lids. Pink is a notoriously tricky colour to pull off – applied wrong it can make the eyes look sore because the thin skin around the eye is prone to redness. However, get the base right, and conceal the eye contour correctly, and there’s no reason not to try this romantic-looking trend. Finding the right shade of pink to match your clients’ skintone is crucial to getting this look right – a sheer wash of a pale seashell-pink shadow with a frost finish will suit very fair complexions; medium skintones can get away with a pink that has peachy undertones, while olive skin looks great with a pop of a brighter pink, with a violet undertone. My top tip? Build the colour up in layers, rather than applying one coat with a heavy hand, and apply under-eye concealer after you’ve applied the final layer of shadow, to avoid any of the pink shadow falling and setting on your base.
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