S/S 2014 Beauty Trends: New York

Pops Of Colour

The colour-pop trend is far from over.  Desigual treated us to a cinnamon-orange palette: yum. Make-up artist Gregory Arlt for MAC aims for ‘effortless beauty with a pop of colour’, painting a sleek semi-sheer tangerine onto lips, with matching half-moon manicures in opaque white and the same blood-orange shade. Cheeks and eyes were flushed with the same colour, giving skin a playful glow.

At Peter Som, the colour-pop trend was given the two-tone treatment, where Tom Pecheux (MAC) gave otherwise barefaced models a dual-coloured wash on their eyelids (aqua/yellow, pink/yellow, coral/yellow). If you’ve got enough attitude and you go easy on the rest of your face, strong colour needn’t be reserved for lips.

Kaleidoscopic eyes were taken to the next level at Kenneth Cole, whose nod to tough Harlem street style was teamed with colourful eyes. Romy Soleimani (MAC), the expert behind this look, blended golden yellow, teal and green together around the eyes to create an ombre effect mirroring the animal prints in the collection and kept skin natural with slight contouring, adding a glossy, natural lip.

At Altuzarra, Pecheux gave the classic red lip a cool update with flawless skin and eyes rimmed with ethereal white. Try it yourselves but don’t go overboard with the mascara and keep textures un-cloggy or you’ll end up looking clown-like.

Colour-pop lips also stole the show at Prabal Gurung, where MAC’s Charlotte Tilbury created a ‘twist on the modern mannequin look, with a 50s lip shape in a bold colour’. Unusually, skin was kept matte but completely flawless, with no contouring, blush or highlights. Only a flick of chocolate liner was added to top lids, and lips were finished with a fluoro powder on top of a matching lipstick for an über-bright matte finish.

Graphic Elements With A Twist

The graphic eyeliner trend has continued from last season, with Pecheux creating a stunning navy cube design for model Liu Wen. The look was softened with dewy honey-toned skin, a soft-edged shadow instead of kohl or liquid liner, in deep navy rather than black.

Sally Lapointe’s models were given a creative, impressionistic look with a horizontal stripe of blush applied as shadow, parallel to the liquid liner and over the crease, with a gap in between. Artist Kabuki (MAC) wanted to show ‘intimacy, fragility and transition… the beauty of decay’.

Still popular is the trend for graphic nails, with Naomi Nails (Estée Lauder) applying a black and teal zigzag design for the opening ceremony. Darker colours like this are a little less scary to wear than brights, and a lot more sophisticated.

Photo: Estee Lauder

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