Fashion Week may have just ended, but we’ve already curated the coolest and most inspiring beauty looks to come out of New York, London, Milan and Paris this current season. From the beautifully subtle to the endearingly classic to the slightly out there, there was makeup inspo for every conceivable occasion — think garden teas, avant garde theatre performances and sweaty nights out clubbing. Here’s our picks of the looks that impressed.
The Fire Engine Red Lips At Emporio Armani
Proving that red is eternal, Linda Cantello, Armani Beauty’s international makeup artist gave us a fresh and vibrant, orange-toned red that read especially modern when paired with the model’s soft waves. Cantello said they were a modern interpretation on the powerful women seen in the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka. “A strong fire-engine red for the lips, warm blush and pale lowlights, erased eyebrows, all combine to create a fresh, three dimensional face,” says Cantello. Interested in recreating the look? The shade used on the models was the brand’s cult Lip Maestro in #409.
The Glossy Eyes At Christopher Kane
We first fell in love with glossy lids when we saw it on the inimitable Cher in Kevyn Aucoin’s seminal makeup guide ‘Making Faces’ circa 1999. Gloss is back, in case you haven’t gotten the memo, and the look at Christopher Kane in NYFW was reminiscent of the pared-back glossy lids of the ‘90s. The show’s makeup artist Lucia Pieroni called the look: liquid ladies clean and pure. “Glossy eyes bring Christopher’s vision to life, while each girl has a sense of individuality with radiant, super gorgeous skin,” says Pieroni. The good news? The eye look was created using a new product from Nars, the First-Time Multi-Use Gloss, which will be available from the brand in Spring.
The Glitter Overdose At Rodarte
Okay, so you won’t be wearing this for Sunday brunch, but who doesn’t love a dose of power-packed glitter flecks on both the lids and lips in the brightest of scarlets or the hottest of pinks? Makeup artist James Kaliardos was inspired by the high-wattage shine of classic Hollywood musicals and we’re getting major ruby slippers in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ vibes. Want to take this look down a notch? Try this look on just one feature at a time, if you don’t want to go too OTT.
The Pearl Accents At Adeam
Sometimes you need just one small element to elevate a look from plain to playful. The trick at Adeam? A tiny pearl applique dotted near the tear ducts. (The models also had pearl embellished manicures). Call it the girl with a pearl version 2.0. In order for the look to work, the makeup was kept super simple, but quietly polished. Load up on your skincare for a hyper-moisturised base and be sure to conceal any imperfections for a realistic perfection. Finally keep the brows brushed and neatened and the lips balmed up to complement the stark simplicity of the pearls.
The Weird And Wonderful Prosthetics At Gucci
Trust Gucci to up the ante with a macabre, fantastical take on beauty created by makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver. Models wore gold metal ear coverings and ear-shaped brooches as a nod to the 24-karat gold work ‘Fashion Fiction #1’ by artist Eduardo Costa while some sported choppy mullets ala David Bowie in his Aladdin Sane phase. But it was the prosthetic tears worn on an almost bare faces that led a dark, subversive twist to the look.
The Lush Star Lashes At Dior
It was eyes wide open as Dior channelled a ‘60s mod chick with just a touch of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ intensity for good measure. To get the look, start with a good smudge-proof crayon liner and top up with a liquid liner in an intense, matte black finish. Makeup artist Peter Philips drew short, straight lines around the eyes to create a star effect, allowing them to be slightly imperfect and almost punk-inspired. Finish off with lashings of mascara —Philips started with a primer and built it up with layers of inky mascara.
The Magenta Lips At Salvatore Ferragamo
We are in love with lush and lovely shade of purple-pink seen on the models at Ferragamo. Bonus points for making a monotone look work, with the blouson in ruby red and matching earrings, complementing the lips. But it’s not just the kissers that were on point. The sheer skin finish with a touch of sheen and brushed-up brows were fresh and unerringly modern.
The Rosewood Shimmer At Kate Spade
Makeup artist Romy Soleimani used rosewood shimmer eyeshadow on the lids and cheekbones to give the models a ‘70s throwback vibe. When seen from certain angles, the shine caught the light for an effortless, almost laidback glamour. Completing the look were rust coloured, matte lips that were the perfect foil to the shine.
The Sequinned Eyes at Halpern
Trust Michael Halpern, the king of sequins to bling out not just the clothes that went down the runway, but the eyes as well. Cult British makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench used M.A.C to cover the eyes in a kind of glitter foil all the way up from the lashline to the browbone for a fantastical take on the trend. Looking almost like a glitter collage, this was like craft work taken to a high fashion extreme.