Laura Mercier reinvented the classics on Sunday at Jenny Packham, combining rock ‘n’ roll cat eyes with traditional red pouts for a fun take on modern femininity.

Makeup at Fashion Week Spring 2016 Jenny Packham

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We’re not sure what we’re more enamored with: the radiant skin, the perfectly wine-stained lip or the textured nails at Jenny Packham’s fall ’14 show—all courtesy of Laura Mercier and essie. Find out how to make this look your own.


Makeup artist Talia Shobrook created a warm ombré portofino lip—unfinished on the edges but intensely pigmented in the center.

1) Start by applying a reddish-brown lip color to the center of your pout (literally pucker up when applying this).

2) Use your ring finger and pat, blending outward toward your lip line. Mix Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color in ‘Damask’ with Crème Smooth Lip Color in ‘Mango’.

Radiant Skin:

1) First, with clean and toned skin, apply Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Bronze Primer to the face perimeter, following your hair and jaw line.

2) Next, apply ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer to the top of the cheekbones and down the center of the face; this draws attention to the center, creating a lit-from-within glow.


Inspired by the collection’s jewelry and beaded gowns, Michelle Saunders for essie created an embellished ring finger design.

1) Start by applying ‘First Base’ Base Coat to clean, filed nails.

2) Apply two coats of essie nail polish in ‘Mademoiselle’.

3) To create the accent nail, use a bobby pin as your design tool: dip into a contrast or metallic polish and apply to the nail, creating the desired shape. (Saunders included the colors ‘Penny Talk’ and ‘Lots of Lux’ in her design.)

4) Finish with ‘Good To Go!’ Top Coat.

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Designer’s Inspiration: Masculine mod pout, strength, structure, sophistication and radiant skin.

For Sarah Lucero, stila Global Artistic Director, fall is all about the textured power pout in a high pigment color. When recreating the makeup statement for Rebecca Minkoff‘s fall ’14 show, Sarah knew texture would be essential in the application.

Start by neutralizing the lip with foundation or concealer. Try stila ‘stay all day’ foundation & concealer. Next, apply a deep lip color like stila ‘stay all day’ liquid lipstick in Amore. To create a velvety matte finish, lightly dust the lips with a brown shadow starting in the center of the lip and then blend outwards. The two colors used for this application give the perfect balance of deep berry and warm brown.

The Trend: Mod maven.

Nail artist Michelle Saunders for Essie created a bold and modern twist on a classic French manicure.

To get the look:
1) First, apply a base coat to clean, filed nails.
2) Once dry, apply two coats of Essie Nail Polish – Purples in Bahama Mama.
3) Using Essie Nail Polish – Blues in Midnight Cami, brush on a neat arc across the edge of the nail and let dry.
4) Finish off the look with one coat of Essie ‘Good To Go!’ Top Coat.

See how the makeup and nail design complement Rebecca’s fall designs on The Thread.

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Runway photo:


“The starting point of the inspiration was Frida Kahlo, but we didn’t want the makeup to be a literal interpretation. Instead, eyes are softly defined yet translucent; the lips are the focal point with the faded and diffused berry shade complementing the collection.”-Lead Artist James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

Get the look with these NARS products:

FaceSheer Glow Foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer, applied only where needed to keep the skin looking natural.

Brow: To keep the brows from looking too literal to the Frida inspiration, only Brow Gel in ‘Oural’ was applied.

Lip: A mix of two Satin Lip Pencils were used: ‘Hyde Park’ and ‘Yu’; starting at the center of the lip, the color was pressed into the lips, creating a wine stain effect.

Eyes: ‘The ‘Multiple’ Stick in ‘South Beach’ was applied first on the lids, followed by  Single Eyeshadow in ‘Lola Lola’, used in place of liner; James used an Eye Shader Brush to apply, smudging the shadow with his fingertips.

Nails: Two colors by Essie Nail Polish: ‘A List’ for the fingers (‘Really Red’ is a comparable shade) and ‘Sugar Daddy’ for the toes.