The Best Beauty Trends To Come Out Of NZ Fashion Week 2019

Take your cues from this year’s runways to inspire your beauty look for spring and beyond



Bobbi Brown, Syrene Skincare, Colleen

It’s the first time a designer has announced a skincare partnership, but when you’re this year’s Mercedes-Benz Presents designer you get to make your own rules. Paris Georgia partnered with New Zealand-inspired skincare label Syrene to prep model’s skin ahead of taking to the runway, providing an array of masks, serums, and creams to ensure skin was looking its dewy, hydrated best. Next up, Bobbi Brown makeup manager Blair Gamblin applied foundation in layers to achieve an airbrushed skin finish. To add a little punch, shades of taupe, bronze and brown offered up a little X-factor to eyes when lacquered in gloss. Fluffy brows were a must, echoing designer Paris Mitchell Temple’s own. For hair, Lauren Gunn and the team at Colleen used Cloud Nine hot styling tools and Evo hair products to create two distinct hair looks — our favourite being a 1970s Italy-inspired glo mesh cap.

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Kristen Stewart School Of Makeup

It was a 1980s colour party backstage at Jojo Ross, with Kristen Stewart of the Kristen Stewart School Of Makeup using M.A.C products to create this high-impact beauty look. The makeup artist encouraged Jojo, whose 2019 capsule collection echoed 1980s influences, to go boldly with her show beauty look. A bright burst of neon yellow eyeshadow was draped from model’s temples to their cheeks, while rich purple eyeshadow dressed eyelids. The piece de resistance was a burst of vibrant blue kohl eyeliner which peeped out from model’s lower waterline. This look was a world away from other ‘au naturel’ makeup looks we spotted on this year’s runways, and we love Jojo and Kristen all the more for it.

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It was this year’s NZ Fashion Week beauty look that oozed sex appeal. An exaggerated, smoky winged eye was created by Lancôme director of artistry Lochie Stonehouse using the deepest shade contained within the brand’s new Hypnôse Eyeshadow palette. Interestingly, distinction was made between next generation and iconic Kiwi models, with icons wearing the shade on their upper eye lid only, whereas the next gen kids wore shadow all around the eye. By comparison, the rest of the face was left relatively bare, save for subtle contouring and expert highlight.

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Servilles Academy

A highlight of NZFW trade week for a multitude of reasons, the Miromoda show never ceases to disappoint in the beauty stakes. This year was no different, with Warren Dion Smith leading a team of students from Servilles Academy as they teased, braided and crimped hair into oversized mohawks, OTT fishtail plaits and towering beehives. Every style was tweaked to suit model’s own hair length and texture, ensuring endless variety and interest whenever a new model stepped out on the runway.

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Face Me Makeup

It was the show where the beauty look was equally as important as the garments themselves, with the team at Face Me Makeup designing a variety of looks to accompany Cecilia Kang’s fanciful creations. While the base for each look remained relatively the same — dewy, highly glossed skin thanks to makeup artists mixing foundation with an illuminating highlighter — the eyes and lips were wildly different from model to model. Crystals, beads, glitter, jewels, sequins, pearls, diamantes and even confetti were used to align with the show’s ‘galaxy extravaganza’ theme.

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Makeup: L’Oreal Paris, Hair: Matrix

We were transported under the sea at Pia’s NZ Fashion Weekend show, which saw L’Oreal Paris artist Lisa Matson and the team at Matrix create this mermaid-inspired beauty look. Ultra glowy makeup paired with beachy waves and loose fishtail braids for extra California Cool. Model’s eyes popped thanks to the wash of glitter eyeshadow, smudged black eyeliner and fluffed up brows. Bronzed limbs were courtesy of Body Glow Tan. Coupled with Pia’s frilly, girly designs, this beauty look teased what’s sure to be a popular beauty vibe come summer.

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The grunge gang sported hand-drawn scorpion tattoos and wet-look hair, but the beauty look stayed razor sharp thanks to the deft backstage work of M.A.C national artist Kiekie Stanners and team. High impact lined orange-red lips using Lady Danger lipstick and the kohl pencil comeback we’ve noted at several other shows added hard-edge glamour. The inspiration: Oliver Stone’s 1994 movie Natural Born Killers.

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The diffused red lip is very cool girl now — especially paired with a cute hair knot secured with a leather tie — but it was actually inspired by a wedding day photograph of designer Kate Sylvester’s mother. We’re smitten with how 1950s-era tomato red lipstick has been softened like a lingering memory of romance thanks to how Kiekie Stanners, national artist for M.A.C, used a fluffy brush to gently buff back the lip contours.

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Makeup: M.A.C, Hair: Michael Beel for L’Oreal Professionel

So how do you design a beauty look to cover four decades of fashion? For Zambesi’s 40th recurring themes of slightly grungy textured hair with braids, bold eyes and paled out lips came together thanks to Michael Beel for L’Oreal Professionnel and M.A.C’s Kiekie Stanners. Love the greasy navy eye, recalling a 2003 customised colour called Kokako Blue.

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Why Zambesi's Beauty Look Was The Strongest Of NZ Fashion Week 2019


Makeup: Lancôme, Hair: D&M Hair Design

High heels, bronzed legs, and big hair and a soundtrack to get your feet tapping — that’s how shoe designer Kathryn Wilson typically sets her sassy shows alight. Heels and hair… this year enter the Carrie Bradshaw clones crimped by D & M’s Danny Pato and flushed and glossed by Lochie Stonehouse for Lancôme. Time to step out, Sex and the City style.

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Makeup: Josie Wignall using M.A.C, Hair: Lauren Gunn for Colleen using Cloud Nine and Evo

First prize for prettiness, with Juliette Hogan’s model look a picture book study in how to wear pink makeup well. The secret is in using shades with enough warmth to contrast with eyes and compliment the complexion, rather than anything too sugary. Think millennial pink for girls who are now growing up. Josie Wignall, key artist for M.A.C, got the balance right with luminous skin and petal soft lips, set off by gently waved hair by Lauren Gunn for Colleen.

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Makeup: Abby Black for Mecca Beauty, Hair: Zoe Clark for L’Oreal Professionel

Effortlessly ethereal sums up the cascading hair and creamy complexions at Maggie Marilyn, but that easy insouciant look based on glowing skin and subtly flushed eyes, lips and cheeks rather understates the skill needed to go that welcome step beyond no makeup makeup without being overtly obvious. Abby Black for Mecca Beauty led the way with hair twists by L’Oreal Professionnel artist Zoe Clark.

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Makeup: Servilles, Hair: Davines

Pulling off hair and makeup for 36 models to last through four changes and suit a diversity of design styles is no mean feat, but the team of tutors and students from Servilles pulled it off with aplomb, for the big public Resene Designer Selections shows held on four days. Simple fat plaits bound low from a sharp middle part, streamlined the look for long-haired models with plenty of Davines’ This Is An Invisible No Gas Spray ensuing sleekness. Makeup ranged from a few feature colour pops on individual models, including this striking turquoise eye look, to the approachable glamour of high-shine red lips and highlighted cheekbones on lightly bronzed skin for the rest. Brushed up brows and eyes rimmed with a fine trace of black, including on the lower water line edged it up into glamazon territory.

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