How to look your best this year
New year, new you – or maybe just a slightly updated you. I’m an unashamed resolution maker, and this year on the beauty front mine include adding a really good skin supplement into my daily regime, getting better at my evening double cleansing (and including a mini facial massage), and introducing more variety to my eyeshadow retinue.
I also checked in with some of our top beauty industry folk to find out what they have planned for their own skin and hair, and what they are predicting will be big in beauty for 2019. I’m planning on committing to a red light facial programme but my main beauty goal is always about reducing stress – being relaxed is a beautiful thing.
For me, really healthy hair. I want to see people paying the same attention to their hair as they do their skin. Fashion-wise – glossy lips and sleek, shiny hair. Dust your straightening irons off and rediscover Juicy Tubes, the 1990s are back in town.
The demise of instamakeup and the rise of IRL (in real life) beauty.
I’ve been growing out my hair for a while now so it’s long – I have thick, wavy hair and a lot of it. My New Year’s resolution is to keep growing it out to [Guns N’ Roses guitarist] Slash’s length, denying the impulse to chop it off in all this heat. With all the sun and swimming over summer, I’m having to regularly use Davines SU Hair Mask to replace moisture and keep it growing healthily.
For cuts and styles, my No 1 prediction is for a 1970s-feel soft, shaggy curls cut below the jawline into a round or square shape with a full fringe, styled by embracing natural curls or using tongs. Blunt 1990s bobs will be big, worn wavy or straight and parted in the middle. Short choppy cuts will also be in. For long hair, the trend will be 1960s straight and healthy with centre parts for a boho feel, or adding volume at the crown for a beehive feel. My predictions for colour trends are inky blacks, chestnut browns, multi-dimensional coppers and golden biscuit blondes.
Hair accessories are taking off. We’re seeing clips, cuffs, scarves, and plenty of bobby pins on catwalks and red carpets all over. I love working with hair accessories to add a touch of interest, class or cuteness to a style. through to bright and bold hues, which means it’s a versatile trend, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.
As I said, I adore skincare! My favourite brands at the moment are Tatcha, ASAP and Chantecaille. I’m loving really perfected skin that doesn’t look heavy – my go-to foundations are NARS Radiant Longwear, Armani Luminous Silk and MAC Waterweight. There are fantastic liquid highlighters and mixing mediums on the market – I especially like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector and Armani Fluid Sheer Liquid Highlighters. My beauty resolutions for 2019 are to have regular treatments. I’m very good with my daily cleansing and moisturising and applying serums A, B and C, but tend to be ad hoc when it comes to having collagen induction treatments. I plan to have a Dermapen treatment every three months and a course of peels at the end of summer and end of winter. I will also ensure I have IPL done during the winter months on my face and hands.
I think collagen induction treatments are becoming mainstream and will become the recognised ‘‘norm’’ for people wanting to take care of their skin and prevent premature ageing. Dermal Fillers are becoming more and more acceptable, when done subtly and to restore and enhance features without overdoing it. We’re also seeing our clients more often and doing less at a time with intermittent treatments.
The latest trends in dermal fillers are the most exciting development that we have seen in a long time, like being able to perform the ‘True Lift’ by lifting facial ligaments, thereby slimming the face and giving a rejuvenated look with no downtime. We are also using botulinum toxin in surgical procedures to minimise scarring and improve the final cosmetic result.