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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.


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Beauty Fashion Week Makeup

Pep Gay’s Glamorous, Gilded Ladies at Tadashi Shoji | Baskstage Beauty

In his latest collection, Tadashi Shoji proves that power is synonymous with glamour and sexiness. His Fall 2018 runway embodied a fiercely feminine energy—each look that strutted down the catwalk, dramatic and deeply unapologetic.

To complement the strength of Tadashi’s collection, makeup artist Pep Gay was tasked with creating a beauty look that would continue the luxurious narrative of tulle gowns and sequined suits. Gay answered the call with a mesmerizing wash of gold on the eyes using MAC Cosmetics, harkening the elegance of the red carpet, where we can easily imagine Tadashi’s designs gracing the silhouettes of Hollywood A-listers. Just-bitten berry lips finished the look, creating truly beautiful makeup that does not compete with the fashions, but makes them shine. Ahead, we break down the look, so you can recreate it step by step.


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I Love the ’90s | Fashion Week Beauty Trends

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To the tune of George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90,” Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen closed the Versace show in Milan, statuesque in sparkling gold dresses. The return of the 1990s supermodels spread like wildfire through Instagram.

On the 20th anniversary of her brother’s death, Donatella, standing arm in arm with her muses, paid tribute to the groundbreaking work of the late Gianni Versace. Featuring prints and designs he created, the show was alive with the spirit of Gianni’s most influential decade and reaffirmed the trend we’ve seen throughout the season: the ’90s are back in a major way.

From brown lipliner to sleek blowouts, see how the decade’s glamazon beauty permeated Fashion Month. Plus, shop these products to create your own original super look.


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Introducing the Cat-Eye 2.0 | Fashion Week Beauty Trends

Winged eyeliner, the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour and the little black dress of makeup, has finally received the upgrade it deserves. Since the days of Marilyn Monroe, Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot, the coquettish flick has remained mostly unaffected by the changing times—until now. With all eyes on the runway, backstage beauty experts produced a bevy of fresh cat-eye looks, introducing audiences to a range of new shapes, colors and highly desirable drama. Below, we present Fashion Month’s best liner looks (plus shoppable links) that usher in a new era of feline flicks.


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Tibi’s Runway Beauty Is for Girls Who Want to Have Fun (with Minimal Makeup) | Backstage Beauty

Tibi designer Amy Smilovic envisions spring with a nod to 1980s style, or its un-style, according to Smilovic. For the designer, that period was obviously an energetic era, when fashion wasn’t so prescriptive and serious. Her goal this season was to create something less about perfection and more about authenticity. Her suiting and dresses acted like blank canvases that were lightly adorned with colorful PVC corsets, belts, stripes and straps.

The beauty, led by Bobbi Brown and JINsoon, followed suit. Each model’s look was tailor-made to enhance her specific features without detracting from her unique beauty and that of the clothes. The result? Luminous skin with touches of color, hints of lime green, lilac and tangerine, similar to Smilovic’s accents on her sporty separates and power suits.


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Get the Healthy Glow from kate spade new york’s Playful Runway | Backstage Beauty

Inspired by the romantic energy of New Orleans, kate spade new york’s 2018 spring collection exudes whimsy and fun with feminine floral patterns, lace hemlines and plenty of pinks. The delicate M·A·C makeup from the show featured a healthy, flushed cheek on the models’ radiant skin, and was finished with a barely there, dusty-rose pout that harmonized with Deborah Lloyd’s youthful and spirited spring nail designs. From lips to tips, the overall softness of this beauty culminated with subtle, easy-to-recreate nail art from Deborah Lippmann.


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Creating a Perfect Canvas with Guerlain at Eckhaus Latta | Backstage Beauty

There’s something about a blank piece of paper that begs to be scribbled on. Our instincts can’t help but want to impose our inner impulses on empty space. Even in stick-figure form, art expresses our fundamental humanity.

New York label Eckhaus Latta (new to Nordstrom) understands the enduring links between fashion and art, and play and personhood. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta studied sculpture and textiles in art school before launching their still-young line, and the duo remain immersed in New York’s art community—pursuing fashion as a truly creative endeavor.

Eckhaus Latta Fall 2017

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For Eckhaus Latta‘s fall presentation, Guerlain makeup artists kept the models’ skin bare, yet perfected with makeup. Once a flawless surface is achieved, however, it’s near impossible not to want to play with a bit of color. Quite literally, then, makeup artists added paint to the models’ faces with their fingers. This splatter art was a perfect tribute to the colorful, optimistic and innocence-imbued collection.


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Che Bella: Milan Fashion Week Beauty

Some of the most advanced style in Milan this week came via the makeup and hair on the runway. While there were still shows that embraced the no-makeup makeup trend that has been prevalent in recent seasons, this is Italy, and glamour has rarely been barefaced on the Boot.

Emilio Pucci, Fall 2017

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We’ve rounded up some of the coolest, prettiest and most translatable trends we saw on the catwalk, plus picked out the tools to achieve the looks. Be it neon lashes, ’60s bouffants, primary-colored highlights or iridescent eyes, these bold beauty techniques are worth a try.


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Dick Page’s Roses by the Dozens at Narciso Rodriguez | Backstage Beauty

Simplicity ruled the runway at Narciso Rodriguez‘s fall 2017 collection debut. Not that the designer dialed back his sophisticated styles any more than usual, but the looks were without embellishment. Instead, Rodriguez emphasized the silhouette and its movement through dramatic shapes and strategically placed cutouts. Fluidity in sleeves, hemlines and silk fabrications gave these muscular constructions an ease and rhythm.

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Pared-back beauty in simple rosy tones topped these strong designs with an ethereal face. No makeup artist can illuminate the complexion quite like Dick Page. For this show, the Shiseido artistic director created petal-like skin that was all the more delicate next to the contemporary, moody clothes.

Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2017

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Florid Dresses and Faces with Moroccanoil and M·A·C at Marchesa | Backstage Beauty

You can always count on Marchesa for a display of unadulterated formal femininity. Like a waft of perfume, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s elegant gowns slink down the runway each season offering a display of extreme glamour. Soon after each collection debuts, the same dresses drape over Hollywood’s leading ladies on red carpets around the world.

Marchesa Fall 2017

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For the shows, the beauty must never compete, but cannot be so subtle as to seem casual next to the evening gowns. To create the stunning hair and makeup that complemented Fall 2017’s Chinese-inspired sheaths, Marchesa turned to Moroccanoil and M·A·C.

MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa Fall 2017