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Festival makeup and hair trends 2019 – Get that look

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On-Trend Festival Makeup and Hair LooksOur excitement for festival season is already sky high, but creating a standout festival makeup look is an essential part of the experience. If you’re mid-prepping for festival season or you just want to break out of your everyday makeup routine and experiment with your look, the Vanity Van team have put together a select few of our favourite festival ready looksFrom loud rainbow brows, to understated hair accessories, there is something for everyone in this year’s crop of festival makeup and hair trends. 

Haven’t you heard? There’s no need to fear Summer showers during festival season, because the wet look is back in and better than ever before. Recently popularised by Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala, every makeup fanatic was swooning at her ‘fresh out of the ocean’ look. To achieve this glistening, wet-look effect, add a blinding highlight to the centre of the eyelid, blending it upwards towards the brow bone. Pack a chunky, silver glitter on top of the highlighter, decreasing the intensity as you reach the brow. Instead of applying it just across the lid, shake things up and apply it both above and below the eye, extending it towards the apples of your cheeks. This symmetrical, blinged-out eye look is sure to make a statement, and not to mention, it’s the perfect cover up for those pesky under-eye bags after a long night of singing and dancing to your favourite bands  

Festival Makeup Rainbow BrowsIf you’re looking to inject some subtle colour into your festival makeup, then look no further. Colour doesn’t just have to be limited to the eyelids, and thanks to Instagram’s latest rainbow brow craze, it no longer is. Thankfully, if you’re not fully committed to permanently dyeing your brows, there are a bunch of beauty brands releasing their very own rainbow eyebrow pomades, purely to make this trend completely achievable and mess-free. To achieve this beautifully bold look, begin by applying the darkest of your chosen shades to the arch of your brow and extend it to the tail with an angled brush. Continue the process, from darkest to lightest, until you reach the head of your brow. Finish the look off by combing your brows with a spoolie to create a seamless gradient of colours and apply a strong-hold clear brow gel. 

Festival Makeup and Hair Accessories While your makeup may be the main attraction in your festival ensemble this Summer, they key to nailing your look is balance. When packing your festi-hair kit essentials, it can be a great ordeal to find room for all of your go-to hair products. Luckily, we have a hairstyle that requires minimal product so you can look hot to trot without having to pack heavy… we introduce, the messy high ponytail. To achieve this effortlessly chic hairstyle, begin by applying dry shampoo throughout your roots and massaging it in to give your hair extra volume. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with hair tie, then pull out some hair from the front to give it messy look. Simple, right? But, do you still feel like your pony is missing something? Well, you’re in luck because the 80’s scrunchie has reemerged from the ashes of our childhood and is setting up shop on the SS19 runways, infiltrating high-street fashion and is set to be a must-have accessory for festival season. Whether you’re already obsessing over the scrunchie trend, or you’re yet to embrace its comeback, it’s time to accept it because it’s here to stay. 

Which of these statement looks will you be trying out this festival season?

Check out our last blog post on our skincare must-haves to beat the heat during festival season!

London Fashion Week: A rundown of the Spring/Summer 2019 beauty trends

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London Fashion Week has officially come to a close, and with it, a whole new set of hair, make-up and nail trends to set the tone for Spring/Summer. From how to elevate a tired hairstyle with staple hair accessories, to how to rock an electric, neon nail, this season’s backstage beauty offerings definitely didn’t fall short. Vanity Van is giving you the ultimate rundown on all of the best hair, makeup and nail moments from the runways, plus our personal favourite beauty looks from London Fashion Week. 

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In case you haven’t heard, hair accessories are the styling staple to watch out for this season. From puffy headbands, to head wraps, and jewelled hair slides, London Fashion Week was dotted with signature hair accessories, and Simone Rocha is the designer that we all need to thank. The accessorising trend has been gaining momentum over the past few seasons, with Rocha’s SS18 runway playing a huge role in making the effortlessly feminine hair clip coveted by all. With designers such as Michael Kors and Anna Sui taking Rocha’s lead and giving their runway a regal vibe, the hair clip is sure to be a party season staple for us all in the Spring/Summer season.  

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From fresh, glowy skin to nude lips, natural simplicity is usually the go-to at London Fashion Week, but this season, it looks as though the exaggerated look is reigning supreme. With bold shades taking the spotlight on the eyes, this season’s runway looks were nothing but simple. This look from the Colin Horgan On/Off X show during London Fashion week is proving that the bold, graphic eye trend that was all the rage last season is here to stay. Give your everyday eye look a splash of the 80’s whilst keeping the rest of the face natural to create the perfect balance of minimal and daring.

 

Nails

Nail art is always a runway staple, and London Fashion Week has served up a plethora of fresh nail inspiration to obsess over. Neon is always trending in fashion, and now, it’s extending to your manicure. Nail artist, Mei Kawajiri, worked her manicure magic to create this design for the Philipp Plein show. You can achieve this neon nail look with a simple coat of electric gel polish, or if you want to put your manicure skills to the test, try out a daring nail design. Whether you’re searching for something exaggerated, playful, or daring this Spring/Summer, this energising nail trend is perfect for everyone. 

If you’re still on the search for more of the latest trends over the past year, check out our blog post on the AW18 beauty trends. Which of these trends will you be trying out this season? 

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To contour or not to contour – is the art of contouring dead?

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Popularised by A-listers, such as Kim Kardashian, and Instagram beauty influencers, contouring has quickly become one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years. What was once a well-kept secret of celebrities and makeup artists has now become an everyday practice for the typical makeup obsessive. But like every trend that emerges from the beauty world, has contouring had its day?

Contouring naturalHere at VV we personally believe that it is here to stay, but in a much more subtle way. Say goodbye to the dramatic, ‘insta-famous’ way of face contouring and welcome a soft, bronzed contour that naturally shapes the face without it looking streaky or muddy. Pick a cool toned cream contour colour that compliments your skin-tone, making sure to steer clear of warm, orange tones to avoid the dreaded wotsit effect. Using a cream contour will allow the product to seamlessly blend into the skin, making it look natural and soft.

2019 is officially the year of the liquid highlighter. I’m sure we can all appreciate the difference a well-placed highlighter makes to our face shape. Opt for a high-shine version of your typical highlighter and strategically place it along the top of your cheekbone, temples and the bridge and tip of your nose. This will create the illusion of a slim, elongated face without having to cake your face with bronzer. When in doubt, turn to the glow.

One of the most common struggles when it comes to contouring is achieving professional results but in a way that is quick and Contouring Curveeasy. There are minimal tools available that offer a simple solution to creating the perfect contour, until the hero product of all beauty tools was born: Contour Curve. It is as simple as hooking the tool around your ear and pointing the tool towards your mouth which automatically lines it up with the hollows of your cheekbones. Then, apply your chosen contouring product, remove the tool and blend! We spoke to founder of Contour Curve, Michaela Chalk, who has worked with us in the past. “I want everyone to feel good with their makeup results whether it was a professional applying their makeup or they were doing it themselves.”

Contouring Beauty Tool

To achieve the ‘less is more’ look brands are shifting their focus towards skincare instead of cosmetics. A new skincare tool that has recently emerged on the beauty market is the infamous facial roller. One of the top brands on the market at the moment is Nurse Jaime pictured here. This beauty tool is said to give the skin an instant ‘uplift’, temporarily energising, enhancing and uplifting the skin. It was designed with the intention of mirroring the massage techniques used in a luxury facial, giving you glowy, plump, tightened skin while saving you time and money. To use simply follow your usual skincare routine and then use the ‘press and roll’ technique with the roller across your skin. This will also help the products you have applied to fully penetrate your skin and leave you with a freshly sculpted face, without the layers of product.

How do you feel about contouring? Do you think the beauty trend is here to stay?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement lipstick beauty trends

The latest Autumn and Winter beauty trends

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There are many beauty trends that have dominated the catwalks this year, but it’s hard to tell what trends are going to work for you and how to transition them from season to season. Although certain trends can look terrifying, there are ways to pull inspiration from them while still looking subtle and sophisticated.

Block eye colour beauty trendsReturn of the Club Kid

Despite the crisp Autumn months dawning upon us, we are happy to report that bright and bold eye looks are not going anywhere. Although this trend might take you back to the era of the club kid, the classic 80’s leg warmers and spandex will not be making their way back into our wardrobes. From lime green to vivid purples, the graphic eye trend can only be tackled by the bravest of us. Are you brave enough to rock this technicolour trend?

Lash it Up

When you think of an ultra-feminine makeup look, a long, full set of lashes are almost always in the mix. For this season, if you’re going to wear mascara, it’s a matter of all or nothing. Whether you decide to go for a bold makeup look, or opt for natural, feminine beauty, an extra layer of mascara is guaranteed to bring your look to the next level. As long as you wear it with confidence, anyone can pull off this trend.

Statement lipstick beauty trends

Statement Lips

A bold statement lip is always in style, and that isn’t changing as we transition into Autumn. As a true makeup visionary, Rihanna is an avid fan of a vibrant lip, giving us the red lip fantasy we all needed, but didn’t deserve. For those of you looking to pack a punch with your lip colour this autumn, draw some inspiration from Fenty Beauty’s leading lady and paint on that classic red pout. From bright oranges to deep berry shades, statement lip colours are a must-have for your Autumn makeup bag.

Slicked back hair beauty trends

Slicked Back Sophistication

It is no surprise that slicked back hair and slicked side partings have been all the rage this year. Who isn’t a fan of a stylish, wearable and hassle-free hairstyle? Pulled back hair with loose waves has become the epitome of sophisticated, effortless beauty. Plus, if you get caught in the rain, no one will be able to tell the difference. To achieve this look, apply a hair mousse rather than a gel to avoid the dreaded greasy locks look and achieve a smooth, sleek finish.

Which of these Autumn/Winter beauty trends will you be trying out this season?

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Our top five tips for minimal make up

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In recent years, we have noticed the heavy-handed approach to make up application has been a consistent trend. We have been packing layer upon layer of makeup onto our faces, to the point where we wouldn’t have looked out of place on a night out with Ru Paul Charles…

After years of celebrminimal makeupity inspired trends of contouring, highlighting, strobing, baking and applying make up with all manner of random objects… cue summer 2017 and the welcome appearance of the minimal makeup trend.
We can almost hear our pores breathing a sigh of relief.
It’s time to strip it all back ladies and embrace a fresh-faced feel for summer.

Whether you are going au naturel to be on trend, detox your skin, or simply out of sheer laziness(let’s face it girls, we all have those days) we have our top 5 tips to create a fresh minimal face this season.

Tip 1 – Skin: Your skin is your canvas. To give you the absolute best result possible, ensure you have a fantastic, clean, fresh and hydrated base to start with by exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising regularly. Drink plenty of water and always ALWAYS remember to take off your makeup before heading to bed.

Tip 2 – Base: Embrace the ‘less is more’ approach. Ditch the foundation and consider a BB or CC cream. If going bare-faced is just too far out of your comfort zone try a mineral makeup powder. Concealer is your best friend for any problem areas, but keep it light and avoid caking it on….and don’t forget to blend!

Tip 3 – Eyes: We are going for natural, so put down the eyeliner and step away from the falsies! Keep the eye-shadow light and natural, and finish up with a slick of mascara – no spider lashes ladies… Brows should be tamed but not too overdone, try a clear or tinted brow gel to wrangle stray hairs and keep them looking groomed yet natural.

Tip 4 – Lips: A tinted lip balm should be a staple addition to any self-respecting woman’s handbag, and Is a perfect way to add a natural flush of colour whilst keeping your pout plumped and hydrated.

Tip 5 – Cheeks: Aim for a natural ‘flush’. A peach cream-blush will give you an understated pop of colour yet keep your skin dewy. A touch of highlighter to add to your radiance, and a dusting of bronzer on the high points of your face will give you a sun-kissed glow, and you’re good to go!

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For more information on how to bring natural beauty to your upcoming event, contact our fabulous team at info@vanityvan.co.uk