“That’s one of the things I love about makeup. You can change your whole attitude by just doing your eyeliner or lipstick differently.”


Make-up is truly a woman’s best friend. Right from the eyeshadow that elevates your party look to the blush that brings out the colour in your cheeks to the classic lipstick which is a woman’s biggest asset, make-up means something different yet something significant for each woman- it is an expression of a woman’s identity, her personality and most importantly, it is something only she has an agency over.

As is with the fashion world, with changing times, make-up trends also undergo changes, some fade, some make startling comebacks. Lovers of make-up and fashion must stay updated with the latest styles because who doesn’t love being trendy and on point always? Ciceroni presents to you 5 make-up trends for A/W 2019 that will help you slay this festive season!

1. Natural look

When Prince Harry lifted Meghan Markle’s veil, the entire world was stunned by her beauty; all the more so because she chose to flaunt her flaws and love them. She glowed with her freckles and the subtle yet elegant look has been in style ever since.

Binali Parikh Dalal from Sakhi Beauty Clinic, Baroda says, “I always encourage my clients to choose their beauty products carefully so as to get a look that compliments their skin. Any foundation should unify tone but it shouldn’t take away the individuality of the skin. If executed perfectly, the barely-there makeup look is a timeless and eternal look; beauty trends come and go but it is the simplicity that remains forever. Hence, it is important to be true to your own self and to flaunt your natural beauty.”  In order to get a natural glow, it is important to keep your skin well-moisturized and exfoliated; use the correct primer and soft exfoliating pads.

Blending is of utmost importance when it comes to achieving the barely there look. Contouring must be done in such a manner that the contour lines aren’t visible. A lot of work goes into the barely-there makeup look to ensure that the makeup matches the skin tone to give the ‘natural’ feel to it. Aanall Christian, owner of La Femme, in Ahmedabad, says, “A natural, dewy look is in vogue this season, especially as a bridal look. Brides want that fresh look and do not want loud make-up; they are embracing simplicity and minimalism and want to look like themselves, especially on their wedding day. The natural glow achieved with this look, that is truly beautiful and irreplaceable. ”

If you’re looking for products to get started, you could pick up a pop oil from Clinique for that natural tint on your cheeks that can be used on the lips too. Those on a budget can go for a cushion foundation from L’oreal.

2. Classic red lips

Taylor Swift correctly highlighted the importance of red-lips as she sang her massively popular song ‘Style’. While 2018 was all about nude lips and neutral lip colours, red lips are making a swift comeback in 2019. Kareena Kapoor stunned spectators on the last day of Lakme Fashion Week with her maroon lips that were powerful and seductive at the same time.

Red lips can make for a morning to evening look as it’s a single, powerful way of highlighting your beauty without much fuss. However, depending on your skin tone, you can go for different shades of red that will help you stand out. Aanall Christian, owner of La Femme in Ahmedabad, one of the oldest and most renowned salons in Gujarat, says. “Ruby red and Russian red are colours that are trending this season and can be incorporated into your fashion-forward festive look.”

If you are a lover of high-end brands, you can pick a shade of red from Bobbi Brown or MAC but if you’re looking for something that gives you plenty of bang for your buck, you can opt for a Lakme red lip colour that will have you sorted this festive season!

3. Fruitilicious wine and berry

For dusky skin-tones, wine and berry are truly the colours of the season as more and more women are embracing them for festive occasions. While wine infuses royalty into any look, berry is an ideal colour for late afternoon or early evening functions. “You can also opt for a pinkish brown or a rust brown lip shade, depending on how dusky your skin tone is on the palette; shades of wine and brown go really well with darker skin tones and give an elegant look”, says Aanall Christian.

Younger girls could opt for shades like berry whereas those who want a more royal look must opt for wine or shades of brown. Bright colours like pink or orange are a big-no as they don’t go with the skin tone and end up looking ‘too loud’

     If you’re looking for something apart from red, something that suits your complexion and beautifies it further, these are the hottest new shades for you to indulge in, this festive season!


4. Experimental eye makeup

2019 is the year wherein experimentation with eye-makeup is rising at a steady pace. From smudged out eye makeup to graphic eyes to the classic winged-eyeliner for Navratri, it is heartening to see women expressing themselves in such novel, unique ways.

When it comes to smoky eyes, which is still pretty much a trend, it is advisable to opt for the sultry look only if you have big eyes as the look will make small eyes look even smaller. Similar precautions must be taken in the case of winged eyeliner- depending on the size and shape of your eyes. Bindiya Khurana from Omorfus Salon, says,  “Winged eyeliner is about to become a rage this Navratri. Depending on the shape of your eyes, you can decide how to apply your eyeliner and make your garba look a phenomenal one!”

Experimentation with colour has also increased greatly. Eye-makeup in shades of electric blue, bright red as well as gold and copper shades for darker skin tones is gaining prominence.

5. The return of mascara

While mascara was earlier used infrequently, it is now becoming a staple. Earlier eye-makeup was all about liquid kajal and eyeliner but now mascara is quickly making its way from runway looks . “You can just curl your eyelashes, put on some mascara and flaunt your eyes, everyday”, says Shivali Desai, a freelance makeup artist from Baroda. She adds, “Unlike eyeliner, eyeshadow or kajal which one needs to be more careful with, depending on one’s eye shape, size or even skin-tone, mascara is something that brings out the beauty in every girl.”

Along with mascara, it is also extremely important to get a complete look by shaping your eyebrows and curling your eyelashes perfectly. You may opt for contact lens to get a minimal, natural yet attractive look.

With the barely-there look also gaining prominence, mascara is something that just adds to its popularity. For those seeking understated, sophisticated elegance, mascara is the answer.

If you’re looking for some make-up and beauty tips for the upcoming festivities, bookmark this post and try these trends for a look that is totally on-point at your next cocktail party, puja or Diwali dinner.  With Ciceroni’s makeup guide, be prepared to slay in style.