From gold-foiled lids to splashy neon hues, New York Fashion Week delivered some seriously impactful makeup. Whether you're looking to create a subtle, on-trend, "everyday" visage inspired by models, or want to take a look straight from the runway to your face, you've happened upon the right corner of the internet.
Gold was one of the season's most notable hues, and it brought a sense of warmth, refinement, and regality to the runway. At Ulla Johnson, key makeup artist Romy Soleimani for MAC Cosmetics placed delicate layers of gold leaf on top of models' lids. The remaining skin was kept lightly flushed, glowing, and ultra-hydrated via Tata Harper Skincare.
Tadashi Shoji's lead makeup artist, Pep Gay for MAC Cosmetics, put a different spin on the gold lid. "For the collection itself — and the woman that Tadashi wanted to portray — gold is a color that transmits power, but also luxury," Gay says. "That's what we wanted to demonstrate with the makeup. The way we are playing with this eye shadow is layering it little by little. So we apply a very thin layer from the root of the lashes all the way up to the eyebrow. This way we do have an entire eye covered with gold."
Artists then created a second layer on the lid only going up to the crease for a more concentrated area of color. The product is a new cream-to-powder shadow from MAC called Prosper that launches later this year.
Smoky Eyes, Neutral Lips
The classic smoky eye was elevated for FW18 by infusing it with a hint of color here and there. At Carolina Herrera, makeup lead Diane Kendal created a look she dubbed "Midnight Smoky" that perfectly complemented the graphic, bold collection of strong, feminine clothing.
Kendal used MAC's Modern Twist Kajal Liner in Ocean Liner ($17.50) to define the upper and lower lash line, then buffed it out before pressing Naval Blue Pigment onto the lid. A touch of Platinum Pigment on the tear duct made eyes pop, and a generous coating of Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara ($23) in black amplified the lash line. Lips were kept bare and moisturized.
Pamella Rolland's girl wore a smoky and nude lip too, this time utilizing a hint of buttercream yellow. The collection was inspired by Prague's architecture and bohemian culture, and featured jewel tones and structural details throughout.
"I decided to pick two of those colors from the jewels — purple and gold, which are the colors of royalty — and focus on the eyes," says makeup artist Rick DiCecca for Artistry. "I think that when women wear Pamella Rolland clothes they feel confident, and I wanted that to shine through on the makeup. So we made a strong statement on the eyes, but everything else we left natural."
For that flawless foundation, DiCecca used Artistry's not-yet-launched, but anticipated Hydra-V Sheer Weightless Foundation, which utilizes optical diffusers and light-scattering ingredients.
Thumb through images from New York Fashion Week and you'll feel like you've entered the '80s. The decade was back in full force on the runway, delivering everything from mock mullets, banana clips, and holographic glitter to — you guessed it — the splashiest neon hues imaginable. Jeremy Scott started the week off right with vibrant, '80s-meets-sci-fi wigs and 3D neon cat-eyes.
"I wanted to put across a feeling of '80 futuristic pop in a way that was pretty and fresh," says key makeup artist Kabuki. "I took full advantage of the great colors in Jeremy's brand-new MAC Cosmetics collection."
The wings were hand cut from plastic, painted with MAC Pigment ($22) and attached to the skin with eyelash glue. The design continued onto the actual lid, and was paired with either pink lipstick (for lighter skin) or purple lipstick (for darker skin) from Scott's Bumpin' Jams lip palette ($35).
Another makeup collaboration launched during New York Fashion week was between Christian Siriano and e.l.f. Cosmetics, and was used by makeup artist Polly Osmond for the designer's FW18 show. The clothing was inspired by the high-brow glamour of a royal dinner party and utilized luxe fabrics, romantic silhouettes, and 18th-century British art. "My inspiration for the look was Grace Jones' fearless approach to beauty, which worked perfectly with Christian's color palette of bold reds, fuchsia, and dark tones," said Osmond. She combined a bold, electric fuchsia-meets-teal eye with a neutral lip and flawless skin.