The 5 Hottest Red Carpet Beauty Trends for 2018

7:51 AM 11/2/2018

by Meg Hemphill

The beauty glam-squad pros behind some early awards-season faves (Viola Davis! Lady Gaga!) forecast the looks poised to dominate the race.

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As the awards season in Hollywood kicks off, The Hollywood Reporter forecasts the top five beauty trends on the red carpet this season. Stylists of Felicity Jones, Viola Davis and Lady Gaga weigh in on the hottest cosmetic looks for awards show glam. The trends? Eye-popping color, new takes on old Hollywood dos, super sleek hair, less is more makeup and shimmer on the lids.

  • Eye-Popping Color

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    Makeup artist Autumn Moultrie predicts statement eyes with bright eyeliner will rule the red carpet, saying they're "a knockout" on client Viola Davis (Widows) "because her doe-shaped eyes look phenomenal when emphasized." Moultrie's liner picks: Highly pigmented Dior Diorshow On Stage Liners in (from top) Matte Blue, Matte Rusty and Matte Purple; $30.50 each, at Saks Fifth Avenue.

  • New Takes on Old Hollywood Dos

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    Hairstylist Cervando Maldonado, who coifs Felicity Jones (On the Basis of Sex), envisions "big, roller-set hair from the '60s and '70s" that's "more done and more modern than old Hollywood glam." He uses Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo to get texture and boost roots; $35, at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills.

  • Super Sleek Hair

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    Hair pro Laini Reeves foresees shiny, stick-straight hair with one added element for 2019: a Blunt cut. She uses a GHD platinum+ flat iron ($249; at Sephora) and Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer hairspray ($39; to get the look, one she calls perfect for client Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns).

  • Less is More Makeup

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    Sarah Tanno, makeup artist to Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), expects to see natural, glowing skin: Light foundation, instead of heavy-handedly "covering the entire face, [will] only correct what needs it." She uses Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation in shade Y270 on Gaga; $46, at Sephora.

  • Shimmer on the Lids

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    "Glitter!" says Georgie Eisdell, who would love to see client Thandie Newton (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) rock the look. Eisdell, who uses Lemonhead Spacepaste, says glitter is best as an eyeliner or soft "wash on the eyelid"; here in shades (from top) Gunshow, Gildebeest and Dirty Penny; $22 each,

    This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.