Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
I admit, I haven't paid a lot of attention to Fashion Month this year, but there was one makeup look that caught my eye: that of Marissa Webb's Fall 2016 RTW show.
The models had severely parted, slicked-back hair (clearly the model above hadn't gotten into the hair chair yet) and wore a gorgeous plum lipstick, but what really stood out to me was the eye makeup. A basic black cat-eye was elevated with a dash of silver in the middle of the upper lash line and the inner corners of the lower lash line.
I think someone of any skill level could easily recreate this look, so let's get started!
First, gather your supplies: the most essential are black eyeliner, silver eyeshadow or eyeliner (and a small brush if you choose eyeshadow), and any burgundy-ish lipstick. You might also want some mascara and highlighter. To do the hair, too, you'll need a comb and oil or pomade to give it some hold as well as a wet look.
All of the models had glowing, lit-from-within skin, so I wanted to replicate that without it looking too shiny or greasy.
My skin's really dry this time of year, so I prepped it with my favorite heavy moisturizer, Lush Skin's Shangri La. Then, I dabbed on some Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl, pretty much all over. After that, I evened out my skin tone with Japonesque Luminous Foundation in shade 02 using my Sigma 3DHD Precision Brush for a flawless finish. Finally, I touched up any dark spots with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and dabbed even more Becca Shimmer Skin Perfecter on my cheekbones.
So that was a bit more involved than my usual daily routine of BB cream, but totally worth it for when you want your skin to look great for pictures or an event.
I noticed that the models all had some serious glass-cutting cheekbones, so I decided to play up mine with some light contouring. I don't really own any contouring kits or bronzer so I simply took a matte, cool-toned brown powder and placed that just below my cheekbones and blended it upwards with a brush towards my temples.
Now it's time for the eyes. The first step is very simple. Using Tarte Precision Longwear Eyeliner, I started with a very thin line in the inner corner of my eye and extended across my lid, making it thicker as I went. I finished the line with a small cat-eye flick.
This next step is the fun part. Taking any silver eyeshadow or silver eyeliner that you have on hand, simply layer the silver on top of the black eyeliner just in the middle of the lid — a sliver of silver, if you will. I feel like silver eyeliner would be easier to work with, but I only had silver eyeshadow (from a discontinued Sonia Kashuk palette), so I applied that using a slightly damp angled brush and really packed it on.
Then you can just add some more silver along the lower lash line of the inner corners of your eyes.
If you have hooded eyes, be warned: the silver eyeshadow on top might smudge or transfer to other parts of your lid, even with primer. That's why it's better to use a silver eyeliner that won't smudge.
I also added a light coat of Maybelline Full 'n' Soft Mascara to my upper lashes, but didn't curl my lashes (since that would hide all of my hard work).
I brushed my brows upwards with an old mascara wand for just a touch of added color and a natural, groomed shape.
For my lips, I mixed two colors to achieve the rich plum that the models wore: Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick in Brandy and Topshop Beauty Lip in Depth to make it a little darker. I patted the lipstick onto my lips with a finger to get a soft, matte look.
Finally, let's talk about the hair. The models all sported a wet-hair look with a deep side part. This is not my favorite style for my hair right now (the wetter my hair is, the brassier it looks, plus the side part exposes my roots) but I went for it anyway to stay true to the overall look.
I simply parted my hair, got it wet, put some Lush Dirty Hair Cream in it for staying power, and then combed it flat.
Here's the finished look:
I love this look, and I will definitely be reusing it in the future. It was fast and easy to do, and it's a really fresh take on the classic cat-eye and red lipstick combo. You could also switch out the silver for gold if you want, or really any color — there's endless variations of this look that you could do.
- Have you paid attention to Fashion Month beauty this year?
- What's been your favorite runway beauty look this season?
- Think you'll try this look?