By Sarah Mann
Elm Staff Writer
Instead of writing about the exhausted dark lipstick and smoky eyes for fall, I thought it would be more interesting to look at New York Fashion Week for inspiration. NYFW Spring/Summer 2015, to be specific. Follow these tips and you’ll be way ahead of the pack.
The No Makeup Look
This is different from the natural looking makeup look which indicates makeup that doesn’t look like makeup to some but can often include eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, etc.
We see this natural face (but actually carefully made up) look every year at New York Fashion Week, but this year, some designers claim to have actually sent models down the runway with zero product on their faces (see Marc Jacobs). Clearly, this look is a little more open to interpretation, but right now, less is more.
I would say don’t even mess with foundation. Just use concealer if you really want and something on your lips for a little bit of definition. Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Mauve is perfect for a matte look with just a little more color (just use it to fill in your lips), while their Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey is moisturizing and adds a natural pink tint. Clear eyebrow gel and curled lashes make you look more pulled together and awake. Finally, moisturizer and highlighter (colourpop.com has many shades) help with the fresh, dewy look that makes the no makeup look work.
Seems like a lot for a no makeup look, but it shouldn’t take more than two minutes. You could also just wear no makeup in the name of fashion.
The Graphic Eye
This is the opposite of the no makeup look. Designers like Nanette Lepore and Peter Som showed off models with faces that looked virtually makeup-free except for one pop of color. Basically, they had graphic eye looks in solid colors, like black, white, or something vibrant—no pastels.
Starting off with no makeup, or with the no makeup look described above, but there are a number of different methods you can choose from.
You can use the tape trick to get clean lines by placing tape in your desired geometric shape before applying on eye shadow and then peeling it off when you’re done, or you can go crazy and then use a makeup remover wipe to get your desired shape.
The cool thing here is that you can do whatever shape you want. There were lots of different kinds on the runway. Some popular variations I saw were a sort of triangular, extreme winged liner look and a similar shape but extended up over the crease of the eyelid. The more creative the better.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, a bright white color, is perfect on its own or as a base to make another eye shadow brighter and more long-lasting. I’m also going to promote Colour Pop again because it’s a great company. It has a ton of eye shadow colors for $5 each, which are cream-to-powder, so you don’t even need a brush, just your fingers. Girl Power, a bright orange-red, and Fizz, a neon yellow-green from Colour Pop, would both be perfect for this look.
The Embellished Eye
I’m not sure who first came up with calling this look “embellished,” but “Elle” has referred to the trend as “face embellishments.” It is a neat little term to sum up the many different things other than makeup that designers had stuck to their models’ faces this season.
There were metallic stars at A Détacher and colorful pieces of crushed Cellophane at Monique Lhuillier, both on top of otherwise naked faces (are you sensing a theme here?).
The options are endless: little crystals, stickers, even nail decals. Just pick out something you like at the craft store and stick it to your face in a way you find aesthetically pleasing. It’s a little artsy, but everyone should start wearing shiny stickers on their faces to class every day from now on, please and thank you.
Fall is the perfect time to change things up and to experiment with your look, so whatever you do, don’t be afraid to try something different. I hope these ideas will give you some inspiration, even if you wear them differently.