Better late than never....here is my New York Fashion Week roundup for Fall 2009!
The makeup trends emerging from the New York shows were rather bland compared to the beautiful metallic and jewel tones coming through this spring. I didn't think any of the makeup looks seen on the runway were particularly mind blowing but what they are is really wearable so it wont be hard to be on trend come the fall.
The Contoured Face...
The NYC shows were a sea of chiseled cheek bones as models were sculpted to perfection. No matter what was going on with the rest of the face there was contouring seen at just about every single show so its definitely something to work into your makeup routine this winter to bring your look up to date.
Get the look: Using powder or cream products to contour the face can be really flattering, particularly when teamed with a natural makeup so keep it subtle for a wearable everyday look. Try a product like the Make Up For Ever Compact Modeller to recreate the look by shading under the cheek bone with the darker colour and highlighting on top with the lightest shade. You can also use a a matt bronzer in a cool tone to contour.
Seen At: Look at the Matthew Williamson, Cynthia Rowley and Alexander Wang runway pics linked to see how it was done.
The Red Lip...
Where there was colour it was in the form a beautiful red lip. Red lips look like they are here to stay although there was more than one red of the season so be sure to find the shade that works for you. The choice of colours ranged from subtle rose stained blushing lips at DKNY, vibrant orange based reds as seen at Isaac Mizrahi, and vampy wine shades at Luca Luca.
Get The Look: Although red is bold it should be kept really clean. Use a lip brush to get a precise line and clean up using your concealer. Try Bourjois for more subtle sheer red lip colours, MAC for a classic matt red lips or my favourite Yaby for a silky wearable red colour with a slight sheen.
Seen At: Take a look at the Erin Fetherston, Karen Walker and Ruffian shows linked to get inspired.
The Smokey Eye...
There were lots of smoked out sexy, sultry eyes seen on the NYC runways which would be perfect for a night out. Colours ranged from warm brown and bronze shades seen at Diane von Furstenburg to the gritty, dark and smouldering eyes at Michael Kors.
Get The Look: Try Indianwood and Constructivist MAC paint pots to do a quick easy to wear Diane von Furstenburg eye. To stop eyes appearing small when doing a dark eye, line them with a cream coloured eye pencil to widen. You could also try a product such as the Jemma Kidd I-Perfector Prep & Brighten Duo which doubles as a primer to help your shadow stay put and a flesh coloured liner to brighten the eyes.
Seen At: Badgley Mischka, Elise Overland, Oscar de la Renta and Proenza Schouler all showed smokey eyes so follow the links to find out more.
So there you have it, three looks taken straight from the catwalk. Let me know what you think of the makeup for fall.
How to do a Smokey Eye
Behind the Scenes with Bobbi Brown at New York Fashion Week
Picture Source: Clementine Gallot