Braving the polar vortex of the Northeast and dressed in my trusty all-black backstage outfit (accessorized with Valentino Rockstud rain boots and purple-streaked hair), I headed to NYFW with Debra Redmond. Not only did we see new products and techniques but also some welcome updates to classic and retro makeup.
Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia
Imagine if The Road Warrior married Sleeping Beauty, or if Blade Runner dated Snow White, and you’ll have a good idea of the beauty looks we saw for fall 2014. Futuristic influences (dramatic eye makeup and dark nails) contrasted with whimsy and femininity (luminous skin, hints of rose on cheeks and lips), all resulting in the ultimate dark fairytale.
Rebecca Minkoff, Rodarte
From winter rose to deep cognac, lips were stained as if lipstick had been applied very intentionally with fingers (at many shows, it was). While the color was deeply pigmented, the edges were somewhat blurred to create an undefined yet very sophisticated (i.e., not messy) and wearable look. The textures leaned toward velvets and satins—some with a subtle hint of shimmer for added dimension—to complement the rich fabrics of the clothes.
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– Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in ‘Berry Noir’
– stila stay all day vinyl lip gloss in ‘Merlot Vinyl’
– Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in ‘Port’
The classic smoky eye transformed into a more smudged, slept-in* look in dusky shades—from soft pewter and mouse grey to intense coal and transparent (not chalky) onyx. Layering in deep blue, green and purple shadows added cool interest to basic black, while hints of burnished gold and liquid silver added a slight 3-D effect (and had us thinking ahead to fun holiday looks).
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– M•A•C Pro Longwear Paint in ‘Blackground’
– Smashbox Photo Op Palette in ‘Smokebox’
– NARS The NARSissist Eye Palette
Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Peter Som
Nail art has evolved into a more sophisticated and user-friendly (yeah!) trend of simply using TWO colors. Dare I call it “grown-up” nail art? Many designs were modern takes on classics like the French manicure, and while most were black-based, femininity raised her hand with a new take on nudes. Best of all, almost every design was doable at home!
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Shop Nail Polish
Cushnie et Ochs
One to Watch…
Keep your eye (pun intended) on exaggerated black liner: winged, double-winged and Charlotte Tilbury’s “feline flick” added serious eye interest and drama to a variety of looks.
And that’s my take!
*As any beauty devotee knows: always remember to remove makeup before bed. While we all appreciate the LOOK of smudged shadow and mascara, we recommend you create it yourself the next morning v. irritating your eyes or damaging your skin (or pillowcase!) by sleeping in your makeup.
Photos: Gorunway.com, Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som.