Runway Trends

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

Wine-Stained Lips
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.

Start Practicing Now:
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’

Nicole Miller

Charcoal-Smudged Eyes
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).

Start Practicing Now:
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

Two-Tone Nails
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!

Start practicing now:
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:, Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som.


The Alexis Mabille Spring 2014 makeup by M·A·C Cosmetics had a retro-glam vibe to it, with the ’60s-inspired updo hair, bright red lips and graphic cat eyes. The look was reminiscent of the American cultural icon Rosie the Riveter as well as to contemporary musical artists such as Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse.

Recreate the look with these M·A·C products:

1. ‘Retro Matte’ Lipstick in ‘Dangerous’
2. Liquidlast Liner in ‘Point Black’
3. ‘In Extreme Dimension – 3D Black Lash’Mascara
4. Pro Longwear Blush in ‘Whole Lotta Love’

—Kirby Ellis
Photos by Ford Leland


MA•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Louise Zizzo talks about her fave spring/summer trends as she reminisces about some of the runway looks we’ve seen so far in 2013.

One of my favorite things about this season’s makeup trends is the focus on the natural beauty of the skin. It’s apparent in practically every look I have seen—no matter how bronzed, bright or bold the makeup, the complexion itself continues to take center stage.

J. W. Anderson, Blumarine, Ruffian
These looks bring a natural light to the face. Use products like MAC Beauty Balm and Strobe Cream to highlight the high planes of the face, even out skintone and hydrate. There are no hard contours, and the brows are brushed with a touch of color to frame. The lips are neutral, dabbed with a bit of lip conditioner or natural-toned color like MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone.

Issey Miyake, Peter Som, Nicole Miller
These looks use shades inspired by nature with added metallic flashes. It’s not focused on perfection but instead has more of a blurred and diffused feel. Don’t be afraid of bold colors; apply in gentle washes using soft brushes with shades like MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris or Electric Eel. You can also add metallic touches across the eye for a clean, serene look. Keep the lips hydrated with lip conditioner.

Haider Ackerman, Aquilano. Rimondi, Missoni
Color with conviction and attitude! These looks have a futuristic strength about them that is free-spirited and avant-garde. The skin is still center stage with its purity, but there is also a strong focus on the lip. Apply bold color in shades like MAC Lipstick in Cyber, Lady Danger or Candy Yum-Yum, and then dust lips with pigment or eyeshadow in a similar shade. Translucent powder gives the lip a new edge that gloss doesn’t, so don’t be afraid to turn it up a notch!

Max Mara, Theskens’ Theory, House of Holland
You can’t have a spring/summer season without a bronzed glow look, but this season’s tan seems to have a pure, chic and effortless feel. It’s less about bronzing the entire face and more about bronzing in a modern and minimal manner. Wrap the eyes in shades of tobacco, sepia and toasted taupe like MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. Hug the bone structure of the face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Skinfinish Natural in warm gold and wheat shades like Give Me Sun or Gold Deposit to create a subtle treatment that looks lived-in and natural. Don’t forget a nice balmy lip to finish, in a nude or natural tone like MAC Lipstick in Myth.

Follow Louise @MAC_Louise_Z for more beauty tips, trends and insight.


From Halle Berry to Hilary Swank, Oscar leading ladies turn to Lebanese designer Elie Saab to get red-carpet ready. For fall ’13, Saab brought to the runway an androgynous tone that came in the form of masculine tailoring. To enhance this boyish narrative of the collection, a “broken smoky eye” was created by French makeup artist Tom Pecheux using M·A·C cosmetics.

The look: Sculpted eye shape, defined brow, matte skin and a nude lip help keep the Elie Saab woman looking fresh and modern at all times.

American model Mackenzie Drazan shows just how easy this beauty statement can go from runway to reality. It’s all about a defined brow and smoky eyes that can be worn day or night.

“I love walking for Elie Saab. This collection was beautiful and very red carpet,” said Russian model Katya Riabynikina as she exited the show with her smoky eyes still intact.

ASK A M·A·C ARTIST: Make this Elie Saab look your own and get step-by-step expert advice from our in-house M·A·C artists (under Tips & Tools).

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland


M·A·C Senior Artist Keri Blair shares highlights from New York Fashion Week.

“The words New York and Diane von Furstenberg (DvF) are both synonymous with chic. Having the opportunity to be a part of the makeup team for the DvF show is always an exciting part of my Fashion Week.

For fall/winter 2013, Diane mixed two of my favorite things: glamour and rock ’n’ roll. The makeup, designed by key makeup artist James Kaliardos, was young and fresh with a bright, bold pop of pink on the lips.

To achieve this look, start with a veil of foundation—such as M·A·C Face and Body Foundation—to create a luminous and fresh complexion. Then place a soft, creamy highlight around the cheekbone using M·A·C Cream Colour Base in Pearl or Luna (tap it in with your ring finger). Curl your lashes and apply M·A·C Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash from the root to tip of the lash. Now for a pucker with punch: prep your lips with M·A·C Lip Conditioner and blot off excess. Use a lip pencil—such as Embrace Me or More to Love—to mimic the Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil we used at the show by carefully outlining your lip shape. Then use the side of the pencil to gently fill in your entire lip. Use a lip brush to smooth out the texture, and MWAH, you are runway-ready!

Walking into the Ruffian studio is like an escape to fantasy fashion camp. Mood boards, fabric samples, reference books and model comp cards line the walls, tables and racks. Partnering with Brian and Claude is one of the highlights of my fashion season.

Three seasons ago, I made a transition from backstage makeup artist to key nail artist for this amazing show. This season, I conceptualized a gothic, veiled snakeskin nail that was inspired by Ruffian’s seasonal references of the illustrations of Antonio Lopez, Scottish moors, opium dens and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Using M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Nightfall, I painted the underside of a gorgeous oval elongated nail tip. Then, using two coats of M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, I painted all of the nails black and let them dry. Once dry, I applied a generous layer of M·A·C Overlacquer to each nail individually and placed a small piece of tulle on top of each nail, gently pressing down the sides with a nail stick. When dry, I used a small pair of scissors to trim off the excess tulle. For the flare nail, I adhered a small flat-back cameo using Overlacquer as the glue and then formed a small tulle veil, which I placed at the base of the nail. Spend a little time in your local craft store to find these materials.

This fall, I think we will see a play on deeper, darker, textured nails. Don’t be afraid to mix, layer and paint to your heart’s content.”

Find Keri on Twitter for more dish on all things beauty: @MAC_Keri_B


NYFW Backstage Beauty Trend Report

Cheri Botiz, Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, takes you behind the scenes of the New York Fashion Week runways, highlighting the hottest trends in beauty for Fall 2012 with tips to help you get the look now!

1 – Monochromatic Eyes. In shades of purple, browns and even reds, these were everywhere backstage. Easy, effortless beauty was part of the overall tone and this eye look falls right in line. A darker monochromatic eye lends itself more naturally to this trend.
Get the look: Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette in Teal Fury

2 – Matte Lips. We spotted matte lips on the runways again this season. Some shows featured a soft, almost nude matte, and others, bold pops of color, with a touch of blush or loose powder applied on top to eliminate shine.
Get the look: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave and loose powder on top.

3 – Sculpted Skin. This was big this season. Whether skin was dewy and glowing or natural and matte, it was also sculpted. Cheeks were defined; white highlight was applied to the temples and nose along with a little illumination at the cupid’s bow for definition.
Get the look: M·A·C Cream Color Base in Luna or Pearl and Shiseido ‘The Makeup’ Luminizing Satin Face Color in Wt905 High Beam White

4 – Perfectly Groomed Brows. These were present at most runway shows—whether strong and overstated or left au naturale—brows were perfectly brushed up and well kept.
Get the look: Clinique Brow Keeper or Bobbi Brown ‘Natural ‘ Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up

5 – Flushed Cheeks. A healthy, flushed look made its way to the runways. A heavy dose of blush and a little bit of a highlight on the apple of the cheeks mimicked the look of just coming in from a cold jog.
Get the look: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Voile de Blush’ Gel Blush in No.1

6 – A Less-Defined Eye. Many looks we saw backstage favored this approach. Eyeliner and sometimes mascara and shadow were skipped altogether in favor of an easy, more natural look. Achieve a less-defined eye by forgoing eyeliner. Instead, use an eyeshadow around the eye, or opt for fewer coats of mascara.
Get the look: M•A•C Eyeshadow in Cork, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara

7 – Accented Nails. We saw the ordinary manicure elevated in two ways this season. One, transform your everyday manicure by adding a “French tip” to it in a bold, new shade. Or two, go vertical and accent the sides of your nail for a shaded effect.
Get the look: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side of the Moon for a base and Nefertiti for a gold tip.

8 – Vintage Hair. Hair went back in time this season with a vintage vibe—in some cases, even Victorian. Pinning the hair up in curls, and then unraveling it to give bounce and volume, was a common sight. Hair was also treated to give a distressed effect—for example, dehydrating it with a dry shampoo.
Get the look: Sultra ‘Bombshell’ Curling Iron and OSCAR BLANDI ‘Pronto’ Dry Shampoo Spray


NYFW Wrap-Up 3: Runway Beauty Trends

Cheri Botiz, Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, takes you behind the scenes at the New York Fashion Week runways, highlighting the hottest trends in beauty for spring 2012 with tips to help you get the look right now!

1 – Glossy Eyes. It’s a beautiful, luminous look that makes the eye truly stand out and not look overdone. At Donna Karan, they achieved this by using a combination of lip conditioner and moisturizer.
Get the look: M·A·C Cream Color Base in Pearl | NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

2 – Antiqued Eyes. Rose golds with different shades of yellow and taupe made the eye very soft and wearable for the everyday woman. There was a mix of warm and cool that created an overall balance to the look.
Get the look: Bare Escentuals® bareMinerals® Eyecolor in Autumn | Estée Lauder ‘Pure Color’ Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Dunes

3 – Stained Matte Lips. Matte lips are back from spring. Whether it be a reddish coral shade like we saw at Chris Benz, or a plum-nude like at Marc by Marc Jacobs, it was clear that the lips were blotted—almost as if there was meant to be just a soft stain.
Get the look: NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Bahama | Smashbox ‘Limitless’ Dual-Ended Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Berry

4 – Effortless Skin. Fresh, effortless skin is in! It’s a look that almost seems as if there is no makeup on. At Alexander Wang and Rachel Roy, the key to achieving that flawless look was having well-moisturized skin.
Get the look: CLARISONIC® Mia Cleansing System | Bobbi Brown ‘Skin Foundation’ Mineral Makeup SPF 15

5 – Strong Brows. At Marc Jacobs, in order to keep the focus on the eyes, we saw an emphasis on creating a frame around them, which is exactly what brows do to the face. They were bold and structured, much like the fashion.
Get the look: Anastasia Brow Pencil | Laura Mercier Eye Brow Gel

6 – Doll Lashes. Top and bottom, please! Volumized, extended and full-lash fringe for a wide-eyed, doll-lash look. It’s a fun and flirtatious spin on your everyday lash. Try adding a little powder to your lashes for extra thickness before you layer on the mascara.
Get the look: Lancôme Hypnose ‘Doll Lashes’ Mascara | Dior ‘Diorshow Extase’ Mascara

7 – The Natural Nail. Nothing is more chic than a natural, nude nail. The nails were short with a soft, round edge, and they had a slight iridescent shimmer to them. They didn’t compete with the boldness of the fashion, but rather complemented it. ‘Matchy-matchy’ is making a comeback in a sophisticated new way, too!
Get the look: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Believe | butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Tea with the Queen

8 – Twisted Hair. When it came to hair, the trend from spring 2011 continued with a deep side-part, which helps give shape. But the newest, most obvious hair trend for 2012 is the twist; it’s the new braid. We saw it everywhere and done every way. At Norman Ambrose, the hair was very clean and pinned tightly back. At Erickson Beamon, it was a more tousled look.
Get the look: Fekkai Extra Control Styling Gel | Living Proof Hold Humidity Blocking Flexible Hairspray for All Hair Types

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