New York Fashion Week is one of the most exciting times of the year (and it comes twice!). There's nothing more wonderful to me than watching what happens when amazing fashion designers and beyond talented makeup artists collaborate on intricate runway looks.
One of the looks that I liked best this season was the bright orange eyeliner at Peter Som's S/S 2015 show. It was exactly the right amount of crazy and gorgeous that makes me happy during Fashion Week.
Minimal yet striking, I knew I had to put my own spin on this look for every day life. Because honestly, as is…
..it’s pretty intense for the real world.
Fortunately, modifying this look is easier than you'd think. In fact, it really only requires four special products--and you can get them all at the drugstore.
Let’s get to it! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin
- Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Quenched
- Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream-Gel Shadow in Barely Branded
- Maybelline Color Tattoo Leathers 24 HR Cream Gel in Creamy Beige
As well as stuff that you already have:
- Your chosen foundation, concealer, and powder
- Whatever you use to contour (I use a matte light brown eye shadow)
- Liquid eyeliner
Yadim, the genius makeup artist who did Som's show, wanted skin to look summery and natural, but still perfected. I mixed a blob of my foundation with some lightweight moisturizer and blended it all over my face before concealing my under-eye circles and any spots I had, then set it with finishing powder.
As many shows this NYFW did, Som’s runway look involved some light contouring. I didn’t get too serious with this, opting to enhance my cheekbones just a little with light brown eye shadow for maximum angularity. This was made less harsh by highlighting my skin with Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream-Gel Shadow in Barely Branded (a sheer, shimmery golden-beige, which I'm now in love with) down my nose, along my cheekbones, and on my chin.
The result was glow-y and natural--like I was candlelit from within.
I’m glad that I dyed my eyebrows when I re-colored my hair, because the brow look at the shows was groomed but super-minimal. I filled mine in just a little for shape and fullness, but kept them soft.
For a hint of color on the runway, models wore Maybelline Color Tattoo Leathers 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Creamy Beige across the mobile eyelid and underneath the lower lashes. I did the same, blending well towards the crease, then highlighted under my brows and at the inner corners with Barely Branded for shine and softness.
Yadim’s graphic orange eyeliner was inspired by '60s pop art, and I wanted to keep that reference while making it a little easier to wear.
I used black liquid liner and drew a flat winged shape along my upper lash line. Along the bottom waterline, I used the liquid liner to draw a short flick about a quarter of the way in from the outer corner. This gave me some darkness without looking heavy.
The secret to this awesome neon orange? Lipstick. Just like the team at Peter Som, I used a jolt of Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin to make this look super bright. This was applied to models' eyes with fingers to look deliberately imperfect for the runway show, but I used an angled brush because that’s just more ME. I drew a fine line along my lower lash line, beginning about halfway and extending straight out past the end of the black liner. I wanted it to run parallel with the black flick, keeping some space in between. The lipstick was set with more translucent powder so that it didn’t smudge.
I finished the eyes with mascara on the top lashes only, leaving the orange streak to carry the attention down below. It’s a little bit Instagram eyes, a little bit nothing you’ve ever seen before.
A word about safety and using lipstick as eye shadow: there is an old maxim that if a product is safe for your eyes, it is safe for your lips--but just because a product is safe for your lips doesn’t mean it’s safe for your eyes. I have never had a problem with putting lipstick near my eyes, but my experience isn’t a rule. If you have had a reaction to the pigment in bright lipsticks or liners, PLEASE skip this. Your eyes are precious! Likewise, unless you have a lipstick just for your eyes, be sure that you clean the bullet well before applying the product, and again after you’re done. You don’t want lip germs in your eyeballs (or vice versa).
The look at Peter Som involved applying Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched (which smells like blue raspberries, maybe? I really like it!) and blending a little light concealer overtop to turn down the volume on the models' lips.
I don’t like how concealer feels on my mouth, so instead I applied Quenched and tapped Barely Branded overtop for a golden-nude lip color that didn’t give me high school beauty flashbacks. It was still missing something, so I took my Vibrant Mandarin lipstick and applied the teeniest bit to the center of my lips with my finger. This gave me a little bit of dimension and warmth.
The finished look is elegant and sporty, but still pretty wearable.
I mean, it’s still A LOT OF LOOK. But drama is great when executed well!
I can't believe I wasn't sure if orange would work on me. Score another point for Team Trying New Things!
Ok everyone, let’s huddle up: What was your favorite NYFW beauty look? Are you as into neon orange lipstick liner as I am? Was I the only person who used to wear silver lipstick covered in glitter on her eyelids? Tell me everything!