1. Get Your 'Wabi-Sabi' Face
You may have only just got your head around the konjac sponges and snail-slime face masks of Korean 'K-Beauty', but now high-tech Japanese 'J-Beauty' is vying for your attention. Look out for fermented skincare serums that boast turbo-charged antioxidant potency, and clever hair care lines like UKA, whose Wake Up! Shampoo brings locks back to lustrous life. If you’re a fan of Shiseido, make a beeline for its Aura Dew Highlighter and nude ModernMatte Powder Lipsticks to perfect your ‘wabi-sabi’ (imperfect beauty) look.
2. Go On A Beauty Quest
How far will you go for beauty? We’re seeing a trend for explorer and forager brands, which are willing to go to the ends of the earth to hand-harvest the best exotic and sustainable ingredients. South American perfumery Fueguia 1833 lists Uruguayan jasmine, agarwood from Andean caves and Japanese koyamaki pine among its far-flung notes; and eco hair brand Rahua works with Amazon tribespeople to cultivate the rare ungurahua nuts used to formulate its 100% natural (and totally amazing) shampoos.
3. Fight The Fumes
According to the World Health Organization, more than 92% of the world’s urban population is exposed to air that doesn’t comply with WHO air quality standards. So get ready to incorporate an anti-pollution spray into your morning skincare routine. (Pollution particles infiltrate the cracks between the cells in our epidermis, causing free-radical damage that speeds up ageing.) Natura Bissé’s Diamond Cocoon Ultimate Shield claims to trap 99% of pollution particles, as well as reducing free radicals due to blue light exposure. Meanwhile, Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask sucks out nasties after your evening cleanse.
4. Head To The Hair Spa
Since when did haircare get so hasty? Ditch your 20-minute speed blow-dry and opt for some indulgently slow hair hangouts – with a focus on hair and scalp condition, mindful rituals and relaxation. Book in at the Hair & Beauty Salon for a Leonor Greyl Relaxing Hair Spa Treatment, designed to smooth frazzled hair and frazzled nerves. After an in-depth hair analysis, the luxurious treatment is applied to your hair and scalp with a blissfully sensorial, shiver-inducing paintbrush.
5. Invest In Beauty Tech
Make this the year you invest in some interim technology – after all, what’s the point in spending time and money on advanced facials if you can’t keep up the good work at home? The brilliant Beautybio GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool punctures tiny micro-channels in the skin, stimulating cell rejuvenation and helping to extend the benefits of in-salon microneedling. The Carita My C.L.E. allows you to experience a daily dose of LED light therapy at home to help keep collagen levels high and blemishes at bay, while the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment uses thermo-therapy to maintain that post-tweakment lift. And hotly anticipated in January is the launch of Dr Dennis Gross’ full-face LED light mask.
6. Think Pink
It’s not all about millennial pink. Make 2019 the year to explore a broader pink palette. Get inspired by the SS19 catwalk trends, from the rainbow of rose-tinted Afros and up-dos at Marc Jacobs (dyed especially by global hair-colour guru Josh Wood to match the shade of each outfit) to coordinating fuchsia eyeshadow and lipstick at Chalayan, hot-pink lip liner at Self-Portrait and sunset-crimson eyes at Anna Sui.
7. Hold Back Time
Skinthusiasts are getting into 'prejuvenation' – the art (or, should we say, science) of staying ahead of the ageing game, so look to include dermatologist-led brands, stem-cell technology, growth factors (rejuvenating proteins in cells) and probiotic skincare on your 2019 wish list. We’re seeing a shift from reactive-approach beauty products to proactive ones. Dermalogica’s new Skin Smoothing Cream uses Active HydraMesh Technology (with a long-chain hyaluronic-acid complex and lecithin) to infuse skin with moisture for 48 hours, minimising trans-epidermal water loss and dehydration lines. Meanwhile, BioEffect EGF Serum uses plant stem-cell technology to harness the power of growth factors.
8. Scent Your Life
Forget simply smelling good – fragrance is getting functional. Scent your pillow with Votary’s Lavender and Chamomile Pillow Spray to help you sleep; infuse your work space with Desired Earth – a perfectly balanced blend of delicate violet leaves with shiso and cosy ambrette from Yin and Yang fragrance specialists The Harmonist; and douse your pulse points with Origins Peace of Mind, which combines peppermint-leaf oils and rosewater to help ground nerves – great before a big event.
9. Go Vegan, Go Faux
OK, so we’re not asking you to give up bacon and Camembert, but going vegan when it comes to beauty is worth trying for a couple of reasons. Firstly, no amount of looking good justifies harming another living being (especially not since Huda Beauty launched its range of Faux Mink Lashes, which look twice as good in synthetic bres). And secondly, because the selection of vegan beauty products is so incredible nowadays. Beauty brand Romilly Wilde, for example, takes a modern and natural approach to cosmetic science. Its beautiful fragrance Idle uses vegan musk alternatives and smells like a florist’s workshop. Over at Hourglass, there’s a sophisticated array of Confession lipsticks, which avoid animal derivatives such as beeswax. Sometimes, it’s good to be fake.
10. Pile On The Jewels
Major magpie alert – it’s time to dig out the gemstones, cover yourself in crystals and repurpose the vintage bling. Give your nails a frosting inspired by the Swarovski-adorned nude manicures at Adeam’s SS19 New York show. Or pin some pearls into your new-season cropped hairstyle, à la Simone Rocha – David Charles has some decadent pearl clips. And not to be missed are the incredibly pigmented Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Palettes, which comprise nine glistening, opalescent shades of jewel-toned eyeshadows.
- Photographer Billie Scheepers
- Hair David Wadlow
- Skincare James Molloy @ Premier Hair & Make-Up
- Nails Sabrina Gayle @ The Wall Group
- Models Betsy Teske @ Milk Management & Aziya Aldridge-Moore @ IMG Models
- Prop Stylist Casey Carey
- Photographer’s Assistant Jonathan Faulkner