Before we dive into a brand new year of "skinspiration," let's take a look back at the best beauty highlights of 2018!
I do this annually, and I always find it enlightening and educational to go through all the red carpet close-ups of the previous 12 months. Although it's often not apparent in the moment, you can really see the subtle shifts in our collective beauty aesthetic. Things like more natural brows and lashes, wildly creative eye makeup, and more individuality than ever before.
I think 2018 was a great year for beauty! So take a walk down memory lane and scroll through the most memorable looks below:
Kate Bosworth at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Kate Bosworth kicked off the year with a new colour palette at the Critics' Choice Awards. Her lipstick is a warmer red, a brick tone, and it's echoed in her eyeshadow, applied all the way around her eyes. The idea of matching your eyeshadow to your lipstick (and sometimes your dress) was super popular in 2018, as were warmer hues.
Kate is wearing: Serum • Moisturizer • Foundation in Bisque Medium • Concealer in Rendezvous • Concealer in Alive • Powder in Ivory Bisque • Setting spray • Illuminator in Spotlight • Bronzer in Tantric • Blush in Lines & Last Night • Eyeshadow in Scandalust • Eyeliner in Sunset • Mascara in Noir • Brow pencil in Taupe • Brow mascara in Invisible • Lip balm • Lip liner in Oh Cocoa • Lipstick in Rei of Light
Emilia Clarke at the Golden Globes
Emilia Clarke's newly platinum lob and bright pink lipstick were like a ray of sunshine at the Golden Globes, which had an all-black dress code to protest sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Does any actress have a more genuine, happy smile? I think not!
Emily Ratajkowski at the Golden Globes After-Parties
We can always count on Emily Ratajkowski for a dramatic eye makeup look, and she did NOT disappoint with this red shadow at the Globes after-parties. Fresh skin (thanks to these products), natural lashes and nude lips completed the look.
Keira Knightley at Sundance
Keira Knightley channelled her masculine side at Sundance, rocking a tux with a sleek updo and bold red lipstick. Naturally full brows and defined lower (not upper) lashes added to the boyish effect.
Madeline Brewer at the SAG Awards
The pink and red trend of 2018 played out on Madeline Brewer at the SAG Awards. Her lips (and hair!) were vibrant shades of orangey-red, while her incredible cheekbones helped to show off the pink blush.
Madeline is wearing: Moisturizer • Eye cream • Foundation (all over) • Foundation (on high planes of face) • Brow powder (as contour) • Blush in So Close • Mascara in Black • False lashes • Brow gel in Brun • Lip balm • Lip liner in Menton • Lipstick in 300 Flesh • Body illuminator • Highlighter (on body)
Alicia Keys at the Grammys
At the Grammys, Alicia Keys gave us her best "no-makeup" look yet. (In 2016, she vowed to stop covering up and go makeup-free.) I'm still obsessing over her gorgeous complexion, cool bubble braids and oversized earrings. Here's her skincare routine, in case you're wondering!
Lana Del Rey at the Grammys
Also at the Grammys, Lana Del Rey topped off her new smooth lob with a glittering constellation crown, affixed to the back of her head like a halo. Talk about foreshadowing... we soon saw loads of similar headpieces at the Met Gala!
Lupita Nyong’o at the BAFTAs
I think we can all agree that nobody wears bold colour quite like Lupita Nyong'o. At the BAFTAs, she paired two-toned cat eyes (blue inner corners, black flicks) with a creamy, bright red lipstick.
Margot Robbie at the ‘I, Tonya’ Premiere
Margot Robbie had so many amazing looks on her I, Tonya press tour, but this one has to be the coolest—bright white eyeliner with a straight lob and extra-deep side part. BTW, I've got Margot's skin routine here.
Hailey Baldwin at the Brit Awards
Unconventional lip colours went mainstream in 2018, and nobody pulled them off better than Hailey Baldwin at the Brit Awards. Her blue-black lipstick looks edgy yet sexy with tousled hair, dark brows and flawless skin (see her routine here).
Emma Stone at the Oscars
It's been called "power blush" and also "blushadow"—it's the '80s-inspired trend of sweeping blush from cheeks to temples. Emma Stone did it at the Oscars, along with shimmery purple and pink shadows. Apparently you get to have more fun with your look when you're not up for an Academy Award!
Emma is wearing: Face mask • Sheet mask • Eye cream • Moisturizer (mixed with foundation) • Foundation • Blush in Kingpin • Blush in Buzzed • Eyeshadow palette in Wanted • Lip balm • Lip crayon in Let's Go Crazy • Lip gloss in Super Orgasm • Hair oil • Volumizing spray
Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars
Another memorable Oscars look was from Jennifer Lawrence, who departed from her usual "girl next door" vibe to wear these big waves and smoky eyes. Rather than the nude lip of years past, we started to see more colour in 2018, like this orange.
Lily Collins at the Met Gala
As always, the most theatrical beauty looks can be seen at the Met Gala. For 2018's "fashion and religion" theme, Lily Collins donned a halo crown, appliqué tears, pearly highlighter and a glossy lip stain.
Lily is wearing: Serum • Foundation in 110 Ivoire C • Concealer in Ivoire • Powder in Ecru Light • Highlighter in Shimmering Buff (on face and body) • Highlighter in Champagne Glow (on body) • Contour in Ivoire • Eyeshadow in Smokey Brown • Mascara in Excessive Black • Eyeshadow in Volcano • Brow gel in Transparent • Lip gloss in Purple Onyx
Olivia Munn at the Met Gala
Olivia Munn resembled a warrior princess at the Met Gala in a chain-mail headpiece, red lipstick and gold glitter appliqués at the inner corners of her eyes. She has really become more confident and creative with her beauty looks!
Hailey Baldwin at the Met Gala
Hailey Baldwin resurrected a couple of older beauty trends for her Met Gala ensemble: pink hair and a flower crown. Okay, maybe we're not ready to say goodbye to those yet!
Zoë Kravitz at the Met Gala
Zoë Kravitz went in very refined direction at the Met Gala with this oversized bow, low braided bun and monochromatic makeup. This is one you need to gaze at up close to really appreciate!
Kate Bosworth at the Met Gala
And who could forget Kate Bosworth's pearl-trimmed Met Gala veil and angelic makeup? It was all about the baby-pink blush and lipstick, soft lashes and exaggerated brows.
Kate is wearing: Face mask • Eye mask • Moisturizer • Face oil • Foundation in Alabaster and Ivory • Powder • Blush in Happy • Blush in Coral (Laughter) • Highlighter • Eyeshadow in Coriander (over lids) • Eyeshadow in Elephant (in creases) • Eyeshadow in Lion (at inner corners) • Mascara • False lashes • Brow pencil in Ash Blonde • Lip liner in Natural • Lipstick in Marisa • Lipstick in Suzy • Highlighter (on Cupid's bow)
Solange Knowles at the Met Gala
Solange Knowles accomplished the seemingly impossible—she made bottom false lashes actually look GOOD at the Met Gala! Hers are deliberately chunky and Twiggy-esque, worn with smoky-shimmery eyes and the coolest headscarf-halo crown combo.
Solange is wearing: Foundation in Pecan (centre of face) and Chestnut (outer face and cheekbones) • Powder in Almond • Eyeliner in Soft Black • Lip balm (mixed with eyeliner) • Mascara in Classic Black • Brow pencil in Brunette (on brows and as lip liner) • Lipstick in Niagara Nude and Sandy Seas (on lips and as highlighter)
Priyanka Chopra at the Met Gala
And one more Met Gala look, from Priyanka Chopra in an intricate gold beaded headpiece. It's even more striking with a velvety raspberry lip, to match her gown.
Kristen Stewart at Cannes
Kristen Stewart is already known for wearing burgundy eyeshadow to great effect, so at Cannes, she gave it a new twist with this über-glossy finish. Note how the colour is all the way around the eyes, which really became a popular technique in 2018.
Bella Hadid at Cannes
Also at Cannes, Bella Hadid showcased the glowiest skin that ever glowed. I mean, look at it! There's a fine line between dewy and greasy, but she's shining in all the right places.
Jasmine Sanders at the CFDA Awards
The brightest, boldest eye look of the entire year was sported by Jasmine Sanders at the CFDA Awards. She let her electric blue eyeshadow do all the talking by wearing it with a sleek updo, understated nude lips and perfected skin.
Jasmine is wearing: Primer • Foundation in Tan Y440 • Concealer in 4 Late Show • Highlighter in 50 Dew You? • Powder in Invisible • Bronzer in 104 Tan-Tastic! • Blush in 506 Flesh & Fantasy • Eyeliner in Out of the Blue 53 • Eyeshadow in Smartorial • Mascara in Noir • Brow pencil in Ashbrown 4 • Brow gel in 30 Invisible • Lipstick in Role Play 110 • Highlighter in Spotlight (on body)
Martha Hunt at the CFDA Awards
So 2018 was a big year for bejewelled appliqués. Another standout look at the CFDA Awards was Martha Hunt's "eyeliner" fashioned out of Swarovski crystals.
Lily Collins at the Miu Miu Show
For the Miu Miu show, Lily Collins committed to the 1970s in a big way. Mint green made a rare appearance as an eyeshadow colour, and she wore her hair pinned to one side in smooth, brushed-out waves.
Katherine Langford at the TCAs
Katherine Langford was all starry-eyed at Teen Choice Awards, jazzing up her purple and silver smoky eyes with miniature appliqués. She also had one of the most beautiful complexions we saw all year.
Lucy Hale at the TCAs
Smoky eyes were practically any colour BUT neutral in 2018—such as this green on Lucy Hale at the Teen Choice Awards. There's that 360-degree application again, and note the super full brows. Loads of celebs grew out their brows in 2018!
Tracee Ellis Ross at the Emmys
Tracee Ellis Ross had some of the most interesting, risk-taking beauty looks of the year—every single one was so fresh and fun! My favourite is the colour-blocked orange eyeshadow and fuchsia lipstick she wore to the Emmys, always with bare skin and natural lashes.
Emma Stone at ‘The Favourite’ Premiere
Emma Stone made Old Hollywood glam exciting again, at the premiere of The Favourite. Instead of the usual red lips and black liner, she did a vampy oxblood gloss and a generous dusting of silver eyeshadow.
Amber Heard at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards
Amber Heard's Life Makeup Look is red lipstick, I'm convinced of it. She wore it on many red carpets in 2018, most notably at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards. This is all quite classic—long lashes, healthy skin, a loose updo—but she makes it fresh.
Amber is wearing: Lipstick in Divine Wine
Which celebs had your favourite looks of 2018?