Getting a good look at the clothes is hard enough with all the rogue iPads and past-capacity venues. So as you can imagine, the most stunning details often slip past unnoticed on the runway. They don’t, however, slip through the cracks of Instagam, not when the ‘no social media’ signs backstage are so shamelessly ignored and the best model selfies so tirelessly #regrammed.
Here are eight striking makeup looks from New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 that we saw, screenshot, fawned over, and can’t wait until next season to try.
Marc Jacobs’ Blue-Lined Girl: Say what you will about the prison chic hair – the eyeliner at Marc Jacbos show, which extended right into and past the corner of the eye, was an almost universal hit.
Try: MAC’s ‘Pearlglide Instense‘ ($16) in Petrol Blue for a sharp line that glides on easily. Finish with plenty of black mascara.
Prabal Gurung’s Pastels With Bite: Gurung’s reimagining of Marilyn Monroe and Bert Stern’s ‘Last Sitting’ photo series demanded saturated pastel hues, which were most striking on the models’ matte lips. Our favorite shade was the Easter egg purple.
Try: The PRO Lip Palette in 6 Preferred Pinks from MAC ($40) contains six different shades so you can play around with intensity.
Vera Wang’s Minimal Sporty Chic: “It’s what a girl would look like after spending the afternoon running around outside,” makeup artist Lucia Pieroni explained to WWD.
Try: Pieroni’s secret weapon is Clé de Peau Beauté’s Luminizing Face Enhancer in Sandy Beige ($95), but the old Egyptian Magic ($29.90) gives a similar luminosity.
Mark and Estel’s Spooky ’60s Wings: Half cat eyes and half ’60s top liner, the eyes at Mark and Estel were a little confusing and very striking.
Try: A skinny felt tip eyeliner pen like this one from Eyeko ($16) for maximum control. Fake eyelashes optional (but recommended).
Badgley Mishka’s Mermaid Glamour: Think less ‘sea punk’ and more ’70s style Little Mermaid.
Try: Maybelline’s Eyestudio Color Plush in Sapphire Siren ($4.99) contains the closest thing to the hue artist Tom Pecheux created especially for the show.
Jeremy Scott’s Magenta Winged Cat Eye: Makeup artist Kabuki based this conceptual look on ’60s rock ‘n’ roll and the detailing found in hotrod cars’.
Try: Maybelline’s Eyestudio Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk ($4.99) delivers super-saturated color. Use a skinny brush to imitate Kabuki’s perfect point.
Ohne Titel’s Futuristic Phosphorescence: The eyes and cheeks blended into one another and gave off a Bladerunner-chic glow.
Try: Apply a luminator onto your skin before using blush. To intensify the look at Ohne Titel, MAC artist Lucia Pica applied Dual Jewel Pressed Pigment (a yet-to-be-released hue), starting from the crease of the eye and working down to the cheekbones. To get the look now, try Pink Pepper ($21).
Helmut Lang’s Vampiresque Lips: The dark cherry lips at Helmut Lang broke all the rules of spring, to excellent effect.
Try: Kat Von D’s Blood Red ‘Painted Love‘ lipstick ($19), applied more densely in the centre of the lips. Or just eat an entire box of raspberry ice lollies.