The smoky eye is a beauty mainstay for any season, but for Fall, try it with a different shade in mind: green. The Blonds Fall 2012 runway showcased this vibrant look by mixing charcoal black with deep hunter green eye shadow. And because minimal wasn't in the vocabulary for this runway palette, MAC makeup artists applied a thick liner with red lipstick for a beauty look that was truly hard to miss. Watch the transformation unfold in today's Beauty Book. On Kirbie Johnson: Topshop.
Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 makeup look featured a soft and natural palette to balance the boxy silhouettes of the designs. A subtle, warm brown shadow was applied on the eyelids and below the eyes for that just-woke-up effect, while cheeks were absent of blush. And in keeping with the laid-back beauty theme, hair had a purposefully undone quality; if models had thick hair, it was braided underneath to make it look less voluminous. Watch as we capture the team during the makeup and hair test backstage.
Makeup: Diane Kendal for MAC. Hair: Paul Hanlon for Frédéric Fekkai. Model: Katlin Aas.
The eyes had it at New York Fashion Week, where richly pigmented color and graphic eyeliner shapes popped up on the runway. Whether it was lipstick on the eyes or a peacock-inspired blend of hues, backstage teams put the art in makeup artistry. From Phillip Lim to Prabal Gurung to Vera Wang, there's plenty of unconventional — and gorgeous — makeup to inspire you. Watch now!
What do stars like Katy Perry, Amber Heard, and Rihanna have in common? They're all fans of a no-fail, classic coiffure: the French twist. And they're not alone in their updo choices. At Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week, several designers, including Naeem Khan, Thakoon, Rachel Comey, and Lela Rose, all featured the elegant look in their collections. Each version was gorgeous, and thanks to the talented hands of the stylists who created them, had its own unique spin.
At Naeem Khan (upper left) and Rachel Comey (lower left), flirty eyeliner played well with these twists. But for the former, Bumble and bumble's Laurent Philippon opted for a "slouchy" style, making sure the tousled look wasn't too "hairdresser-y," and for the latter, models' looks were similar, but finished with a more polished touch. As for Thakoon (upper right), Kérastase's Odile Gilbert looked to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration, creating a style that incorporated faux bangs in the front. And at Lela Rose (bottom right), celebrity stylist Ted Gibson also toyed around with fringe-line detailing, forming an eye-catching roll off to the side. What's not to love? So come on little miss . . . and do the twist.
Hervé Léger is known for body-conscious dresses, but for Fall 2012, the collection included tougher elements such as harnesses and fur accents. Such a bold statement was set off by a high ponytail and minimalist makeup. Here, days before the runway show, we captured the hair and makeup test in process — that's the time when the designer and beauty team decide how the models will look. In the end, the equestrian-inspired hair and makeup changed slightly for the show. See if you can spot the difference, and see how it all came together. Makeup: Lisa Butler for Temptu. Hair: Neil Moodie for Bumble and bumble. Model: Carolina Thaler.
New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, and after seven days of flitting from one backstage to another, we've snapped a ton of photos for our Instagram account. In case you missed anything, here are some of our favorite pictures of the week — Gisele, a sneak peek at what's next from Nars, and so much more.
If Spring '12 wasn't indication enough of peplum's resurgence, then Fall '12 surely has you convinced of its flared ruffle staying power. The waist-specific fit-and-flare silhouette was seen on almost every New York runway this season in a plethora of stylized interpretations; from Zac Posen's Asian-influenced cocktail dresses to J. Mendel's Winter-white jackets, peplum is here to stay, no matter the occasion. Click through to see how Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Peter Som, and more included this Fall trend into their shows.
Ralph Lauren's Fall 2012 collection was an ode to English fashion, full of menswear and vintage glamour. Pieces we found especially delightful included a fuchsia satin gown, a gold-painted ostrich feather cape, and plenty of double-breasted herringbone jackets. Check out the full collection here!
Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa showed pieces that prove you can be sexy without showing off absolutely everything — the designer sent loose, hourglass-shaped frocks and pleated pants down the runway, sticking to a chic, sensible color palette of black and off-white, with a few pops of red thrown in. The perfect wardrobe for working women — or the girl who wants to invest in one piece to wear forever — Costa's Fall collection was decidedly modern, with a hint of mystery and subtle seduction. Check out the full runway show here!