What LAFW Runway Shows Taught Us About Beauty

When it came to makeup, the color palettes at LAFW SS19 got a little rowdy. Lipsticks were daring and sunny, or quite the opposite—peachy to accommodate heavy strokes of winged eyeliner. Cheeks glimmered and glowed.  The season also saw a proliferation of equally spirited hair—serpentine braids, wind-swept, pastel pixie dos and cotton-candy-like teased ponytails. Suffice to say, as we surveyed the fashion, we also took notes. Here are a few lessons we picked up from the runway.

Photo by Kevin R. Sheffield

Opt for one-fell-swoop drama

Sometimes, a boldly swept dash of color across the eyelids is enough to make a statement.


Photo by Adrian Tapia and Johnathan Sutton of Blur Productions

Play around with unicorn freckles

And it’s even better when paired with fun hair.


Photo by Adrian Tapia and Johnathan Sutton of Blur Productions

Swirl some blush on your temples

This sacred powder is not exclusively reserved for cheekbone definition.


Photo by Kevin R. Sheffield

Don’t be afraid to get artsy with bangs

Even if that means dipping a finger in the ol’ bottle of hair gel.


Photo by Kevin R. Sheffield

Step up your middle-part game with braids

Because you can still sport Coachella hair when it’s not Coachella.



As an Los Angeles-based journalist and fashion writer, Mari Alexander highlights local and global talents through runway reviews, designer interviews, and trend reports.

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