Here's what we're all going to be wearing instead of foundation in 2019

Say goodbye to your base.

17 Sep 2018

Crazy is the word that usually comes to mind when you think of Fashion Week beauty and makeup. Backstage is usually a mismatch of loud lips, glitter eyebrows and grungey eye makeup. And while this year was no different, there was one product noticeably missing from almost every makeup station: foundation.

Those who covet full coverage may want to take a seat for this, because bare skin is in.

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Of course it's never not been in, with brands like Glossier and influencers like Bambi Does Beauty leading the charge, we've become accustomed to a more skin-first kind of beauty.

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But if London's Fashion Week was anything to go by, it's not just about a natural makeup look. Untouched skin was being layered with colourful eyeshadows, poppin' highlighters and bold eyeliners. It was a dreamland for pops of colour – but coverage? No thanks.

Your creamy, beige and brown liquids were almost nowhere to be found and concealer was only consulted were necessary. Instead, brushes were replaced with hand movements, high tech devices, balms and moisturisers.

Backstage at Alexa Chung, Japanese brand SUQQU spent most time giving each model a Gankin massage. Those walking for Victoria Beckham were treated to a two-minute light therapy facial with Foreo, and lymphatic drainage was a common occurrence pre-makeup at Roland Mouret.

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Speaking about the latter, makeup legend Val Garland said: "We want to wake up the skin and make the models feel great. It's more about skin prep than covering it up with foundation."

While briefing her artists at Alexa Chung, Lead Makeup artist, Georgian Graham, told them: "if the model doesn't need foundation, don't use it." The brief from Alexa was for a 'hyper-real glow', and the hero product was SUQQU's pearlescent Face Designing Concealer H-02, melted into the skin using the warmth of fingers for a super-reflective sheen.

For Markus Lupfer, Thom Walker used a mixture of Bobbi Brown's face base, illuminating balms, and cream blush to achieve a 'third day at the beach' kind of glow. The result was youthful, dewy and fresh – so there could be something said for skipping a step we're all used to.

Not quite ready to embrace a bare face? Try a tinted moisturiser instead: