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With tons of shows during New York’s Fashion Week, it’s hard to pinpoint makeup trends because they can be all over the place: designers don’t really share their trade secrets, and often, makeup artists are given just minutes to decide which look would BE best for the overall show. But as always, there were a few well-marked makeup and nail motifs particular to the 2014 Fall/Winter shows. Here are a few standouts.
Perfect, Glistening Skin
One thematic constant that ran through many Fall/Winter 2014 collections was glistening, perfect skin.
Backstage at HONOR, the models’ beauty looks reflected the theme of the show—fanciful snow globes trapped inside a terrarium. The end result was a sleek cat eye and snow-like skin. Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com used Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist to prep the skin and Kevyn Aucoin’s Primed Skin Developer to tone the skin. Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation made the model appear to be floating in the air, with angelic, ethereal skin. Romy achieved the sleek cat eye look with a swipe of Kevin Aucoin Precision Liquid Liner in Black.
At Lela Rose, the models’ skin was prepped by Soleimani using Boots No. 7 Facial Hydrating Water Spray, and then using Boots Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream under the eyes. Lift and Luminate Day Cream sealed the deal with glistening skin. Aucoin’s Airbrush Foundation once again created a flawless finish.
Extremely Dark and Extremely Pale Nails
It was a case of extremes in the nail department, with some just plain buffed and some extremely dark, but nothing too jazzy like that bling-y nail art number worn by Beyonce as she visited the shows in the tents. At the Nanette Lepore show, Michelle Saunders for essie created a half dark pewter, half deep plum manicure to complement the tones of the clothes. She used essie’s First Base coat, and painted half the nail with Chinchilly and half with Berry Naughty. But in all honestly, this is a trifecta nail: Over the Edge is used in between the two.
In the extremely pale nail category, it would be hard to trump essie for Jill Stuart, where Rita Remark created an updated nude nail with a soft matte finish. Yes, how could you go paler than nude, right? (even Ballet Slippers, that classic, was not used). Remark used the Ridge Filling base coat, and Matte About You top coat.
Unusual Takes on Liner
Nicholas K’s show had all the beauty editors buzzing with its reverse cat eye look (done by Avon makeup artist Lauren Andersen, who put eyeliner on the bottom lid, along with long false lashes). Andersen used the SuperShock Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Blackout on the lower eyelid and extended it beyond the eye to create the reverse cat eye.
But that was not the only show with unusual takes on liner. Val Garland for NARS Cosmetics created a fresh take on the rock and roll look (think: Joan Jett), which used dark kohl on the inside of the eye, and a damp eyelid. Garland used acult classic Via Veneto long-wear eyeliner, eye paint in Black Valley and a muted lip.
As you can see from the Erdem, Nicholas K, HONOR, and Lela Rose presentations (all above), nude lips were a presence during Fashion Week’s winter shows. And with nude nails, you might ask, was there any color at all? (Why yes, mostly on the eyes).
At the Alon Levine show, Per-fékt beauty’s team emphasized a natural look that complemented the 1920’s inspired collection. The focus was on a healthy, glowing skin, a strongly-defined brow, and perfectly nude lips.
At Christopher Kane, NARS makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used concealer and a matte lipstick (in Bangkok Pure Matte) to create a tomboy-inspired totally matte nude lip.