While clothes were bright and eye-catching at New York Fashion Week, which just wrapped up, faces were relatively tame — models’ cheeks were mostly bare, and lips often nude or timidly tinted. All of the fun happened around the eyes, with thick liner, spidery lashes and pops of unexpected color on lids.
Here’s how to get the looks at home.
Highlighter galore at Fenty by Puma
Rihanna’s ballsy exit by dirt bike on the runway at her show, Fenty by Puma, was upstaged only by her glowy new makeup range, Fenty Beauty. Models wore a slew of products available in the new collection — which launched Sept. 7 — including shimmer sticks, blotting powder and glittering luminizers that added soft femininity to the sporty clothes.
Lead makeup artist James Kaliardos layered Killawatt Freestyle highlighter ($34 at FentyBeauty.com) in Trophy Wife, Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule and Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal on cheekbones, temples and lips. Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25 at FentyBeauty.com) in Confetti, Rum and Sinamon were swiped on eyes for a not-so-subtle glow.
Fingerprint cat eye at Jason Wu & Tom Ford
Two shows featured a thick, pinky-fingersize cat eye — Tom Ford’s in black, and Jason Wu’s in a dark army green.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath used Tom Ford defining eye pencil in Onyx ($36 at Bloomingdales.com) to line eyes and draw a thick, rounded wing that ended just outside the outer edge of the eye. She tapped eye gloss over the liner and topped with a layer of shimmery black shadow for extra dimension that’s impossible to mess up.
At Jason Wu, makeup artist Yadim bronzed skin, added a sprinkling of faux freckles using a brow brush, and rounded out the look with a thick slash of Urban Jungle shadow from Maybelline’s the City Mini Palette ($7.99 at Target.com) at the outer corners of eyes.
Graphic liner at Monse & Oscar de la Renta
Designers at Monse and Oscar de la Renta opted for delicate — but intricate — liner.
For the Monse double-decker cat eye, prime lids to banish oil, then use a gel pencil to draw a thin wing out of the corner of the eye, followed by a second line right above it. Artist Grace Lee layered Maybelline Precise Ink Metallic liquid eyeliner in Black Comet ($7.99 at Target.com) over the gel for extra shimmer.
At Oscar de la Renta, Tom Pecheux applied MAC Rollerwheel liquid liner in On a Roll Black ($21 at MACCosmetics.com) along the root of models’ lashes, winging out into a tiny feline flick. Pecheux traced a slash of pale color — by way of eye-matching shades of MAC Chromacake powders ($28 at MACCosmetics.com) — under the black wing for an up-close, sophisticated surprise.
Colorful shadow at Novis
Lids at Novis were a sunny dandelion yellow, the only pop of color against nude skin and lips. Makeup artist Uzo used NARS Douro Single eye shadow (out this spring — but try the yellow shade in the NARS Fashion Rebel Duo eye shadow, $36 at NARSCosmetics.com, available now) from lash line to just above the crease. With a bright shadow like this, you don’t need liner and mascara to turn heads.
The trendy marigold shade matches most skin tones — and pairs surprisingly well with red lipstick, too.
Spidery lashes at Cushnie et Ochs & Christian Siriano
Lashes at Cushnie et Ochs and Christian Siriano clumped, stuck and stole the show.
Cushnie et Ochs lead makeup artist Gato swiped on a few coats of Maybelline Big Shot mascara ($5.99 at Target.com) from roots to tip, then pinched lashes together into thick, slept-on spikes.
At Christian Siriano, artist Polly Osmond used the tip of an e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing mascara brush ($3 at elfCosmetics.com) to load lashes up with “’60s vibe” pigment.
Metallic shadow at Anna Sui & Cinq a Sept
When it comes to sparkly shadow, it’s now fine to color outside the lines.
McGrath used her own makeup collection, Pat McGrath Labs — available September 15 — on models’ lids, painting a line of silver glitter shadow. Try the powder in her Mothership II: Sublime palette ($125, PatMcGrath.com) — directly above and below the pupil, from brows to cheekbones. The result: a star-eyed subtle take on harlequin makeup that stood out against clear complexions and baby pink lips.
Models at Cinq a Sept had hefty doses of metallic shadow. Makeup artist Sarah Lucero brushed Stila Glitter & Glow eye shadow in Wanderlust or Monarch, and Shimmer & Glow in Carefree, Freedom or Boheme (all available in spring 2018 — for now, try Stila Glitter Glow in Diamond Dust, $24 at Sephora.com), across the eyelid, around the tear duct and underneath the lash line for a light-reflecting glow.