Fashion Week Beauty Roundup: Get These New York, London, Milan and Paris Looks Using M·A·C
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As Fashion Week touched down in cities around the globe, we saw everything—and that’s everything—from rainbow confetti nails at Maryam Nassir Zadeh to spare eyes (and heads) at Gucci, in terms of beauty. Eager to try the bold, sometimes bizarre, looks created by the industry’s top artists, we’ve rounded up tools and tricks of the trade to re-create our favorite faces from New York, London, Milan and Paris, all created using beauty’s backstage superbrand MAC Cosmetics.
The au naturel runway trend has yet to lose steam, thanks to our universal penchant for lit-from-within skin. Peter Philips added radiance to the catwalk at Fendi using Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation to get a natural, but perfected complexion—and the result was ethereal. We saw minimal makeup again at Christopher Kane by makeup artist Lucia Pieroni and at Burberry by Wendy Rowe—the common thread being luminous, youthful skin.
But our favorite no-makeup makeup came from artist Lynsey Alexander at Mary Katrantzou. Using a MAC lip gloss, the artist created her own highlight concoction that made the models’ skin glow from the inside out. Customize your own highlight with MAC’s Hyper Real Glow palette. She skipped mascara in favor of an inner corner highlight and fluffed, boyish brows.
A red lip is a classic for a reason, but Tom Pecheux’s redux for Brandon Maxwell’s runway gave the Old Hollywood standby a dash of sparkle. Using MAC’s lip pencil in Cherry, he traced the shape of the mouth with precision for a graphic look. Then, using MAC’s liquid lipstick in Feels So Grand, he filled in the lips for a completely opaque red kiss. The combination ensured the bold lip would not fade, smudge or slide down the chin. As a finishing touch, the artist used MAC gold pigment to outline the cupid’s bow, adding a subtle shine to the lips and making them appear fuller and more modern.
Neon liner is catching on like wildfire for the spring and summer. At Dior in Paris, Peter Philips traced each model’s eyes (top and bottom) with a neon liner to correspond with the sunnies worn on the runway, ranging from bright pink to yellow and blue. We saw a similar look at the Rosie Assoulin presentation and a bedazzled iteration for Prada by Pat McGrath.
But the most out-there take on the trend was Kabuki’s for Jeremy Scott. Carrying on the futurism of the runway (we’re talking serious The Fifth Element vibes), he used Jeremy Scott’s collection with MAC to create a three-dimensional cat-eye. To construct the wing, Kabuki used plastic that matched each of the bright shadows in the Jeremy Scott eyeshadow palette, which was then blended in the inner corner of the eyes.
At Emilio Pucci, Tom Pecheux channeled a “baby Marilyn Monroe”—the Marilyn that may have curiously rooted through her mother’s makeup for the first time—to create a subtle glossy lip and scaled-down feline flick. Kabuki had a different Marilyn in mind at Moschino—the one that may or may not have been killed by aliens alongside Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The ridiculous conspiracy theory inspired an out-of-this-world runway, complete with Jackie O. doppelgängers (some painted head to toe to appear more extraterrestrial) and lovely ’60s-era makeup.
Kabuki painted on a slight wing on the eyes using MAC’s Brushstroke liner in black, followed by several coats of mascara on the top and bottom lashes. On the lips, the artist used a mixture of Retro Matte liquid lipcolour in Mademoiselle and Divine Divine, along with Patentpolish lip pencil in Kittenish for a creamy, perfectly pink pout.
Smoky eyes are king on any runway, rivaled only by the aforementioned red lip for elegant makeup favorites. As per usual, Pat McGrath created a stunning, perfectly imperfect, smoked-out eye at Tom Ford, as makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo painted on a ’70s style, brown-toned eye at Etro.
Still, the rendition we are most anxious to re-create for our next big night out is Diane Kendal’s “midnight smoky” for Carolina Herrera. The artist used MAC pigment in Naval Blue to achieve the mesmerizing shade on each of the model’s eyes. Using a combination of MAC’s eyeshadows in Contrast and Tilt, we achieved a similar navy gaze. Several coats of mascara served as the finishing touch—with a dramatic eye look like this, you can never have too much.
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