Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a time for exploration. Be it the conceptual flourishes on fabric, or artful strokes on faces; fashion week serves as a playground for the existential and experimental when it comes to fashion and beauty. It also dictates what we’ll be wearing – both on our body and face – in the days and months to come, a kind of crystal ball of trends and tricks. Essentially, it’s our beauty forecast. And this year, beauty has served trends that are actually very wearable.

Here, five makeup trends to wear – or at least try – on your next adventure.

Rounded Blush
Marina Afonina has perfected the art of telling a story, and thereafter, making us all want to be part of it. For her ethereal Resort ’19 collection, beauty was as soft and languid as the silks and linens within, particularly a rounded, rosy sweeping of blush on model cheeks. “Six models have a dedicated sun-kissed look inspired by girls making terracotta clay pots in the sun and having the clay splash up,” said Lara Srokowski for Lancôme backstage, who warmed a soon-to-be-released rusty apricot eye shadow into skin.

Tonal Lipstick
At C/Meo Collective, Lancome’s Lara Srokowski took to model faces with one lipstick, in myriad ways. “We’re going for a monochromatic effect today by using the same lipstick on the cheek, lip, and eye. The lipstick that we’re using on everyone is the L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick – 335 Moderato.” The sentiment was echoed at Lee Matthews, where Claire Thompson used the Guerlain Rouge G on lips, but also on cheeks and nose.

Angular Flick
Nicole Thompson doesn’t typically stay on the straight and narrow, but for Alice McCall, she kept it straight – very straight. “We’re enhancing the eyes with a straight, thick black line on the eyelid – the important part of this is that it’s kept super straight. We’re using M.A.C Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack because it’s easy to sketch with and it doesn’t dry immediately so you have a bit of playtime. We’re then going over that with M.A.C Liquid Eyeliner in Boot Black as it’s super dark and really matte and will show up against the beautiful luminous skin. The collection is really girly so we love to bring a bit of toughness to the collection so it’s not too pretty or prom. This is liner with balls!” A ballsy liner, but a look that doesn’t require balls (too many, anyway).

Sorbet Lids
At SWIM, sorbet was an apt muse for the Napoleon Perdis team, who scooped up mint, lavender and lemon on lids. “For Camp Cove we’ve had a little bit more fun because there’s more of a street vibe….we’ve added a pop of colour to the eye and an elegant little wing at the corner of the lid. This is either in a pastel mint or more of a marigold orange-yellow colour,” said Kate Squires, makeup lead for Napoleon Perdis. It was a dreamy update on the flick, and a beautifully inventive way to adopt unexpected colour.

Hyper-Glossy Skin
It was a case of strobe on steroids at JETS, with Madison Meyer for Glamazon inspired by a “very glamorous, pool-side, Versace.” Skin was glossed-up and beaming, with thanks to a combination of oils and creams. “We just wanted a beachy look but glamified. We wanted a super deep bronze with a shimmer on the eye and hyper-glowy skin. To achieve this we used a lot of oils and cream-based products to make sure that nothing was mattified and the skin didn’t show any texture.” Fearful of the shine? Take the trend and tone it down slightly.

thoughts?