Each season, a fresh crop of new and interesting trends comes back around for us to play with. They're exciting and modern or nostalgic and retro, spanning various decades with finishes that are matte, glittery, or holographic. Or, in the case of many seasons of beauty looks, no-makeup makeup. While there's certainly a place for the skin to look like skin—and I'm absolutely a proponent for a less-is-more aesthetic—there's something so unbelievably fresh about bold colors making their way back into the forefront.
Such is the case with spring 2019. Maximalism is back, and we couldn't be more on-board. It's surprising, sure, but delightful nonetheless. This means draping, rainbow-colored lids, graphic purple eye looks, pastels everywhere, and bold, metallic lips. Designers taking part in the trend include Brandon Maxwell, Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Rihanna, and even more to come, I'm sure.
Below, find the breakdowns for each of the looks and the products you'll need to re-create them at home. It's easier than it looks and certainly a bit more exciting than your usual daytime go-to. That's what makeup is all about, right? Experimentation and creativity are back on the menu, and you've got these designers (and their various muses and inspirations) to thank.
"These watercolor, sunset tones backstage at Anna Sui are giving me major tropical, mai-tai-on-the-beach vibes," Faith, our editorial director, said from backstage. "Six of the models selected by Anna got this treatment, which Pat McGrath described as whimsical and fantastical, while the rest got a subtler holographic eye using the Astral shade from McGrath’s Mothership palette."
The look for Marc Jacobs focused on the eyes with a wash of pastel on each model's lids, tight-lined eyes, loads of lashes, and a sheer glossy lip. The coolest part? The models' hair matched their shadow for a bolder, cooler, more interesting effect. It's the new monochromatic makeup, no? Rather than all-natural shades like peony or berry, it's pastel pink or icy blue.
Rather than pick your usual neutral, keep with the theme, and use metallics. It's not too out of the ordinary but still taking a step out of your comfort zone if you're not into bright colors. "The look is a bold, foil-like lip in neutral shades," says iconic makeup artist Kabuki. "The metallic edginess is in keeping with the brashness of youth."
According to Brandon Maxwell, the colors he chose for his show (and subsequent MAC collaboration) drew inspiration from his home state of Texas and the larger-than-life women who inspired him. From the desert-toned eye shadow palette to the sunset-hued matte lipstick and lipgloss, the various colors and textures can be used wet or dry.
Discount Universe went all out with a purple graphic eye, coral lips, and even a green beauty mark by Maybelline. The look was more-is-more, and there is no doubt you'll be seeing more of this come spring.