NYFW served up a boatload of makeup inspiration courtesy of some wearable, gorgeous runway beauty looks.
Remember when the models at Marc Jacobs strutted down the runway 100% makeup-free last season? That was awesome. What?s equally awesome, though, is the display of artistry in the form of the heavy handed, Diana Vreeland-inspired makeup look at this week?s Fall 2015 RTW show. When it comes to runway makeup, I tend to find that brilliance can come in the form of both simplicity and complexity.
All that aside, though, nothing sets my heart a flutter more than runway makeup I can actually wear. I?ll obviously never be able to execute a bold lip with Francois Nars-level precision, but I can certainly try. Lucky for me, there?s been more than one look so far at NYFW that was both gorgeous and realistically achievable.
3.1 Phillip Lim
I?m all for the 70?s trend that everyone can?t stop talking about (as made evident by my ode to flared jeans), but it?s great to see some other decade references, too. Makeup artist Francelle Daly went with a 90?s punk influence for her look at 3.1 Phillip Lim when it came to creating those gorgeous oxblood lips. There was a whole lot of cherry red going on at the spring shows; this is a decidedly darker take on a bold lip. It may be dramatic, but thanks to the simplicity of the rest of the face (just some groomed brows and fresh skin) it?s totally wearable. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red is a good bet if you?re trying this look at home.
This look had me practically leaping out of my chair in search of the perfect bubble gum pink lip gloss and blush. The all-over pink flush on the models at J. Crew served as a reminder that a simple apr?s ski look is just as stunning as intricate runway makeup when done right. I love that there?s a generous dose of colour on the lips without any harsh lines. Applying a light swipe of Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights gives me a similar look?it’s a shocking hot pink in the tube, but when I blend it out with my ring finger, it sheers down to a really pretty petal pink (I?m finding I barely need any blush these days because the frigid winter wind is doing all the work for me).
Blush as eye shadow: sounds crazy in theory, but as it turns out, it looks beautiful in reality. There?s something a little off-kilter looking about using a reddish-peach colour on the eyes, but I can?t stop looking at it. The look (created by Diane Kendal) was inspired by the Northern Lights, which you can totally see in the soft, diffused colour and in that luminous skin, too. The models? hair might be a little too slicked-down for your average day at the office, but it?s definitely a testament to the power of a clean side part. All in all, this is a look I?m itching to copy.