Standout beauty trends from NYFW and other beauty news this week

20 February 2018
By Fashion Quarterly

80s-inspired beauty is having a major moment.


What a stud

When the dresser demands a centrepiece, it’s hard to go past the beauty of a crystal flacon of Valentino fragrance. The brand’s just landed Donna Acqua, 50ml $150, which plays on the brand’s pyramid stud signature and serves sweet and light notes of pear and almond while its more masculine counterpart, Valentino Uomo Acqua, 75ml $132, opens with fresh mandarin and green tomato, deepening into a leather base.


Eighties beauty is definitely trending

While Kanye has proven to be on point with his call that “it’s all about tiny little sunglasses”, with this style and other nineties throwbacks popping up on runways during NYFW, when it comes to beauty statements, the decade prior is receiving all the attention. From extensive ultra-violet eyeshadow created by Pat McGrath for Anna Sui’s show (it IS Pantone’s colour of the year after all), to punky leather head wraps at Tom Ford, shimmering lavender eyes at Oscar De La Renta and then the shock return of the claw clip at Alexander Wang, it looks like 80s excess is the new undone.


Sweet cheeks

The cutest packaging to cross our desk this week has to be Lancôme’s macaron shaped crème blush. The Le Petit Teint Macaron compact, $79, contains an airy velvet-crème colour designed to be dabbed on cheeks with its accompanying sponge, also shaped like the iconic French sweet. It’s part of the brand’s French Temptation new season colour collection that also includes pastel shadow sticks, $39, an eye palette, $120 and even mint and pink brow colours, $43. They’re available from February 19.


MAC ditches animal hair in all its makeup brushes

MAC was originally a professional-only makeup brand, and the reputation carried over to its consumer tools – the multitude of brushes arguably the best in the biz. So it’s big news that the company has made the change to cruelty free 100% synthetic brushes, removing all traditional animal hair in favour of advanced man-made fibres. Before you flock to store to try and snap up the last of your favourites, rest assured the new versions are said to do the job just as well, if not better, although peer reviews are pending. A handful of new additions offer new options for highlighting, contouring and eye detail. An “S” on the handle following the brush number identifies each new and improved replacement and the brushes are available now.

Left to right: MAC 125S Split Fibre Dense Face Brush, $90; MAC 139S Duo Fibre Tapered Face Brush, $94; MAC 268S Duo Fibre Angle Brush, $85; MAC 240S Large Tapered Blending Brush, $85.

Photos: Supplied and Getty Images.


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