10 best beauty looks that stole our heart in 2018
With hair and makeup this stunning, it’s hard to pick a favourite
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 19 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on the year that was and admire all the stunning hair and makeup looks that graced the varying red carpets and runways. And it’s fair to say that 2018 did not disappoint. From Priyanka Chopra’s mermaid eye makeup to Kaia Gerber’s out-of-this world hairdo, celebrities (and their exceptionally talented hair and makeup artists) delivered enough beauty inspiration to last a lifetime. If you’re in need of some inspiration yourself, or simply want to ogle at all the breathtaking looks, keep scrolling to see our round-up of the 10 best beauty looks of 2018.
#10 / Taylor Hill
Having just been dubbed Pantone’s latest colour of the year, you can expect coral makeup to surge in popularity in 2019. It would seem that Taylor Hill and her makeup artist Hung Vanngo were ahead of the curve as the model debuted this stunning look at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in March. The addition of a soft-yet-exaggerated winged liner cemented this makeup look as one of our favourites.
#9 / Hailee Steinfeld
With glossy hair like that, it’s not hard to guess why Hailee Steinfeld made our list of beauty favourites this year. If you want locks that’ll rival the singer and actress’s, then discover the three simple steps to get shiny hair here.
#8 / Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner’s combination of voluminous side-swept hair, cobalt blue eyeshadow, lined eyes and glowing skin at the Oscars had us picking our jaws off the floor. Her stunning look managed to strike the perfect balance between subtle and dramatic and we couldn’t love it more if we tried.
#7 / Romee Strijd
#6 / Kaia Gerber
While we’ll admit Kaia Gerber’s hair at the Maison Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2018/19 Show at Paris Fashion Week isn’t the most wearable, it certainly makes a statement. If you want to boost volume in your hair (even if it’s not to the same extent), you can read our nifty guide on the different ways to do just that here.
#5 / Rihanna
There’s no doubt that pink makeup experienced a renaissance in 2018 and Rihanna was one of the celebrities who perfected the feminine look the best. While the pop of colour on her lips packed a punch, our favourite thing about her monotone look was the radiant wash of pink highlighter across her cheeks.
#4 / Katherine Langford
Move over glitter because in 2018 there was a new way to add sparkle to our eye makeup and it involved using the humble sticker. We love how effortlessly feminine this makeup look is on 13 Reasons Why actress Katherine Langford, without looking overly girly.
#3 / Priyanka Chopra
While many of us are hesitant to go nuts with blue or purple eyeshadows, Priyanka Chopra and her makeup artist Pati Dubroff proved just how versatile the shades can be. And although we’re obsessed with her mermaid-esque eyeshadow, the addition of purple mascara on Priyanka’s lower lashes is what made us fall completely in love with this look.
#2 / Margot Robbie
If there’s one celebrity who’s looked flawless at every single red carpet event this year, it’s Margot Robbie. As such, it was almost impossible to choose a favourite look of hers. But after much deliberation, this look from the Critics’ Choice Awards took out the top spot. The thick liner look, the glossy lip and oh-so-chic hair ribbon all screamed sophistication.
#1 / Meghan Markle
Despite 2018 seeing a rise in colourful and dramatic beauty looks, Meghan Markle’s signature glowing and natural makeup looks were undoubtedly a standout. We have a feeling brides across the globe will be trying to recreate the new Duchess of Sussex’s makeup on their own wedding days for years to come.
Which of these makeup looks is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
Main image credit: @patidubroff
Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.