Runway Beauty: Michael Kors’s Blue Eyeliner
Backstage at Michael Kors’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear show, makeup artist Dick Page created the perfect accent for a collection the designer himself said was based on “geometric glamour.” Page painted a graphic and vivid floating line of blue over the eyes, resulting in easily one of the most memorable looks of the season. Makeup artist Colleen Runne, Page’s right hand, explains how to emulate the effect, with options on how to make it more wearable for every day, too.
Step 1: Page drew a vibrant cerulean banana-shaped line above the creases of models’s eyes for supreme drama. But to translate this editorial version for the streets, Runne suggests taking a dark, rich tone of blue and applying it along your upper lash lines, adding more weight at the end of the eyes so it gradually thickens. “Make sure you blend and diffuse the line so it doesn’t look so hard,” Runne says. Try: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Punky Blues, which is the same palette used at the show.
Step 2: Use the same color to line your outer bottom rims and soften it by blending and diffusing just like you did on top. “This creates a halo of color around the eyes,” Runne says.
Step 3: Curl your lashes and apply two coats of mascara to the top lashes. Try: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara.
Step 4: Keep your skin matte by gently pressing a matte foundation onto it. Make sure to work the foundation down onto your neck. Try: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20.
Step 5: Add a subtle highlight to your cheekbones. “When you are wearing a stronger color around the eye, the rest of the makeup should be softer,” Runne says. By doing this, you keep the focus on the eyes rather than having too much going on color-wise on the face. Try: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold.
Step 6: Apply a neutral lip color “in a very soft way” to finish the look. Lightly diffuse the shade by blotting it with a tissue so it doesn’t look too done. Try: Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Pink Blush.
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