As someone who decides what to wear and buy each season based on what I see coming down the runway, I love seeing new trends. Sculptural ruffles? I’m in. Outsized sleeves? All over it. An asymmetrical white button-down that says I’m a cool art gallerist? Sign me up.
What I’m less adventurous about is my makeup. While blue eyebrows, crystal-lined eyes and the wet hair look may look cool on a 6-foot model coming down the runway, on your average 40+-year-old, it would just look crazy-homeless-lady.
That’s why I love the beauty looks that came down the runway for spring 2016: clear, translucent skin, velvety matte (as opposed to dry matte) lips, and a whole lot of naturally textured hair (no more blowouts!). It’s an everyday girl’s dream. Read on to see how you can get the season’s most eminently wearable beauty looks.
Makeup artists used words like “effortless,” “glowing,” and “inner beauty of the soul shining through” to describe the luminous skin seen at many a runway show. To achieve that inner glow, everyone from Altuzarra to Zac Posen started with a dose of hydration — moisturizers, eye creams and even Dr. Jart sheet masks at Opening Ceremony. Use a concealer or velvet matte foundation, like Diane Kendal used at Thakoon, to even out skin tone and then a pale pink strobe highlighter for a “natural, healthy” glow. On the other side of the spectrum, at Opening Ceremony, NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer used a gold highlighter and lip gloss on the high planes of the face to channel a “botanical green house with moisture and condensation on the skin.”
The New Matte
The new matte lip looks luminous, not dry or severe. To achieve this, matte lipstick was pressed on with fingers at Dolce & Gabbana, while at DKNY, Maybelline’s new Matte Liquid imparted a velvet finish. To mattify your favorite lipstick, apply a nude lip liner or concealer and press lipstick on with fingers.
Get the look with Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in Rebel Red, Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lipstick in Cinema, Gucci Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick in Lilac.
Inspired by a jet-setting lifestyle, designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe were all about hair’s natural texture — effortless, loose and, yes, even fluffy. Redken Global Creative Director Guido emphasized each model’s texture at Alexander Wang with Redken Wind Blown 05 for a “downtown feeling.” At Rachel Zoe, TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu rough dried hair to bring out the natural texture, and then created pin curls with a 1-1⁄4 inch curling iron, enhancing horizontal ridges with the clamps.
Originally published in Composure Magazine.