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Catwalk Beauty Trend: Caribbean Colour

Catwalk Beauty Trend: Caribbean Colour

Catwalk Beauty Trend: Caribbean Colour
Catwalk Beauty Trend: Caribbean Colour

There’s a catwalk makeup trend jumping up this season that is so joyful and fun, you can’t help smiling when you see it. Fashion designers in Paris, Milan, New York and London have taken inspiration from Caribbean Festivals in Jamaica, Trinidad and South America to add a pop of fun to their ready-to-wear presentations. Makeup artists are embracing glitter, shine, appliques and sequins this season with abandon.

dramatic makeup at Manish Aurora
dramatic makeup at Manish Aurora

This is a makeup trend focused on the eyes with dramatic false lashes, glitter shadows and rhinestones. From vivid neon colours to intricate designs, makeup artists are designing theatre-worthy looks that are meant to generate millions of social media impressions.

A MAC pro artist working on a model backstage at the Manish Aurora show
A MAC pro artist working on a model backstage at the Manish Aurora show

The designer brand championing this trend most is Manish Aurora who tapped the Senior Artists at MAC to design the looks that wouldn’t look out of place in a Vegas show.

backstage at Manish Aurora
backstage at Manish Aurora

If you’ve ever visited Toronto’s Caribbean Festival Parade each August, you’ll know that oversized applique lashes are a key beauty accent. MAC played up this feature to beautiful effect.

feather lashes at Manish Aurora
applique lashes at Manish Aurora
Manish Aurora fashion look
Manish Aurora fashion look

Usually the lead makeup artist or “Key Artist” as they are referred to in the industry will meet with the designer a good week in advance of the fashion show to discuss inspiration and to view the entire fashion collection. Most top makeup artists will come with sketches, samples and colour stories. The fashion designer will usually include a top stylist and the group discusses the beauty look.

a beauty look at House of Holland
a beauty look at House of Holland

During London Fashion Week, House of Holland unveiled a glitter and sparkle-filled catwalk that played up vibrant purples and lime. The makeup artists picked a key shade from the outfit and designed the eye makeup look to complement it.

backstage at House of Holland
backstage at House of Holland

What gives these eye makeup looks depth is the use of two different shades. You’ll notice the lime green shadow has a little yellow added for definition. The lips and complexion are kept quite bare to keep the focus on the eyes.

backstage beauty look at House of Holland
backstage beauty look at House of Holland

At the Giambattista Valli show, exotic orchids and flowers were used as beauty accents.

backstage at the Valli fashion show
backstage at the Valli fashion show

Flower petals were twisted and molded to accent the eyes and complexion in a beautiful way at Giambattista Valli.

backstage at the Valli fashion show
backstage at the Valli fashion show

During Paris Fashion Week, Valentino dazzled with opulent gold appliques.

valentino catwalk beauty look
valentino catwalk beauty look

Makeup artists treated the eye makeup design as jewellery winding gold appliques across the browbone and over the lid.

Valentino beauty look
Valentino beauty look

New York fashion designer Anna Sui can be credited for bringing back vibrant catwalk makeup. She’s embraced purple, red, pink and a kaleidoscope of hues on her catwalks.

Anna Sui beauty look
Anna Sui beauty look

What is great about this trend is it allows you to go as far as you are comfortable with. Go full-on for a night out or simply add a pop of colour on your nails. The theme is “fun” and your makeup should give you joy.

Prabal Gurung catwalk look
Prabal Gurung catwalk look

Even refined fashion brand Prabal Gurung embraced this trend by created lavish floral hats for models to wear.

Manish Aurora beauty look
Manish Aurora beauty look

Expect to see more of this vibrant beauty trend throughout all of 2020. It’s a major theme this year.

  • Stephanie ONeil
    February 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    The gold the flowers 😍 how beautiful ❤️ I love the glitter an 80s teen so the more glitz the more fun!! Great article great makeup designs!! Thank you Dave Lackie! @Oneilpedraja!

  • Natalia Dimitropoulos
    January 21, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Some stunning looks

  • Julie prasad
    January 21, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Love these colours omg

  • Craig Johnson
    January 20, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Very Interesting!

  • Rose Campbell Wells
    January 20, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Fantastic way the start off the year! I love the Caribbean palette, it’s joyful and playful 💜

    • Brenda Cremer
      January 21, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      I love colorful eye looks that compliment the clothing.

  • Adele Wright
    January 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Such a beautifully graphic,editorial look,I like it a lot. I am still trying to apply small false lashes,I better master it soon so I can graduate to this, Great article Dave!

  • Siane K.
    January 20, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I LOVE all the bright vibrant colors especially the purples and pinks. No matter how old I ge, I will always wear bright colors. @DianeLori

  • Anna Roszak Robinson
    January 20, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Love this article. Beautiful! 💗

  • Trisha Pedros
    January 20, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Love it! We were just in Jamaica and we saw so many vibrantly made up people at all the shows we attended! So much work goes into this beauty trend and definitely worth it! Gorgeous

  • daniela sborlini
    January 20, 2020 at 9:29 am

    love the Valentino look with the gold sparkles. not sure how i feel about the oversized eyelashes though. i think Madonna with her diamond tip lashes is as daring as i would go @daniela27