10 Must-Try Makeup Moves that Fashion Week Taught Us

Author: Sarah de Brun
10.03 / Beauty

This past month, we stalked as many backstage areas as we could in Paris, Milan, and London to round up the most influential beauty ideas from Fashion Week. Even if some of the looks are too far out there, you can always apply your own twist to make it civilian-appropriate. But, we suggest being bold and going all the way! We'll be balancing on our bathroom sinks, testing out the following makeup musts in the mirror.

Eyeshadow kicked into high gear, covering more than just the lid, reaching all the way up to the brow in highly saturated hues. House of Holland, Marni, and Missoni all gave their own interpretation of the optimistic statement, from cobalt to sea foam. Reminder: Keep the rest of the face minimal so you don’t end of looking like a member of Jem and the Holograms.

Hate to say it, but here’s another ‘90s trend making its way into our lives again. This one has a place in our hearts because nothing else made you feel like a bad bish back in the day than when you lined your lips with your brown eyeliner pencil. We’re on board, happily.

Caked on or faintly ombréd, the smokey eye is the sexiest thing in competition with a red lip. Molly Goddard went with the classic version, Versus Versace was inspired by Donatella’s trademark eye, and Ports 1961 kept it modern with a kohl-rimmed version. So many options to go with, depending on how much time you have to dedicate to your makeup routine.

A crimson pout has never failed us, but there’s room to try something new. Models at Masha Ma wore a super glossy bright lip–the exact opposite of the matte look we’ve all been obsessed with. Orla Kiely opted something romantic, hence a lush, creamy berry tone.

Any reason to talk more with our hands, right? Square-shaped nails rocked the Helmut Lang logo, bringing back a certain nail art we haven’t seen in a while. Jeremy Scott worked his way up the nail bed, dipping neon-colored fingers in silver glitter. The point is, manicures are having all the fun for Spring ’18.

All seriousness aside, there were some major party elements to some of fashion month’s shows. Glitter adorned eyelashes and lids at Gucci, confetti lips at Shrimps, and a kaleidoscopic eye at Topshop Unique all have us ready to hit the nightlife scene.

A distant cousin to the smokey eye, the cat eye is another sultry player in the makeup game. It showed up numerous times, in multiple ways. Jason Wu left a smudged outer line behind, Dolce & Gabanna stayed traditional with the quick “swoosh” at the end, and Marc Jacobs went so extra as his models owned their over-lined, double-winged eyes. Whatever your level of eyeliner expertise, you’re covered.

Silver is ready to take the shine back for Spring! It’s perfect for a daytime look, and Lutz Huelle and Anna Sui both showed us how to use the cool metallic in easy ways. Rim the eye with a silver pencil for high impact, or make a simple line from the center of the brow all the way under the lower lash. Presto!

Come springtime, skin will be so happy to see the light of day. Rid yourself of winter’s layers, and let your pure beauty come through, just like we saw at Loewe, Altuzarra, and Prabal Gurung. A light swipe of mascara and a generous amount of moisturizer + lip balm is really all you need to get there.

For days when we feel like taking the creative route, a few shows inspired us to doodle around with our makeup pencils. At Antonio Berardi, models had henna designs in black and white drawn onto their hands and wrists. Ashley Williams and Rochas both outlined eyes in artistic ways, and Yohji Yamamoto practically went “Ef it!” and smudged around the temples in a purposefully disheveled way.

Photos by: Delphine Achard | Moschino | Kuba Dabrowski | Masha Ma | Jeremy Scott | Topshop Unique | Kelly Taub | Jillian Sollazzo | Kyle Ericksen

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