Glitter is a subject we find ourselves writing about quite a bit here at Fashionista, and that's because the fashion and beauty worlds just can't get enough of it. The past few seasons, in particular, have seen an absolute explosion in all things glittery, glimmer-y and glint-y — especially when it comes to the beauty looks on the runways. We wrote about the many forms of magpie eyes we spotted a year ago during the Spring 2018 shows, only to see the Fall 2018 runways (somehow) top that with an all-out sparkle extravaganza, featuring several shows in which models were simply doused haphazardly in metallic flecks.
Those models are going to want to get their masking tape back out (it's the only way to clean up a glitter spill!) for Spring 2019. Over the past few weeks, numerous runways across multiple cities have proven that the sparkle trend is still going strong for the upcoming season. This time around, the backstage glam teams are getting even more creative, going for mixed-media glitter that draws from materials like foil, rhinestones, gold leaf, fine makeup pigments — and, of course, straight-up craft glitter.
At the Jeremy Scott show in New York, makeup artist Kabuki relied on a combination of pink-chrome-finish foil, which he stuck to models' lips using adhesive, and loose glitter pigments for a glint-y effect that could be seen from the runway. For Kate Spade, also in New York, models wore gilded eye shadow nearly up to their brow bones, patted on to look like gold leaf, which was also paired with a matching, sparkly manicure.
Then in London, Simone Rocha brought a bit of gleam to the makeup look via fine silvery pigments, which were concentrated toward the inner corners of models' eyes, and then pulled up toward the inner brows for a luminous highlight effect.
Some of our favorite takes on the trend, however, appeared on the Paris runways: At Valentino, Pat McGrath reminded us all why, exactly, she's regarded as a legend when she crafted hand-applied Swarovski crystals into intricate eyeliner and brow makeup for several models. Meanwhile, others had crystal-encrusted lips, and still others wore a glitter lip look, which McGrath created using her own Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Lip Kit.
Another gorgeous iteration was from the Giambattista Valli show, where hairstylist Paul Hanlon sprayed select models' hair with custom-mixed, shimmery color sprays, and then topped that with loose glitter flecks for a slightly caked-on effect. We're betting the process of shampooing that out wasn't too fun, but as a runway beauty look, it's about as delightful as it gets.
See all the glitter hair and makeup looks from the Spring 2019 runways in the gallery below.