MOST FANTASTICAL: MONIKA CHIANGWe were positively mesmerized by the dramatic makeup at Monika Chiang—especially by those eyes! Lace accents at the outer corners added a touch of whimsy to the dark and sultry stare, which was paired with a soft and romantic lip. To get the look, makeup artists Tarek Abbas, Darais and Alex Sanchez began by sculpting smoky eyes with unexpected hints of green and purple on the inner corners and creases. They then hand-painted a swatch of lace with gel eyeliner and stamped it onto the outside corners for quite the eccentric effect. Beauty Essential: Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H Crease-Free Luminous Eye Shadow in Enduring Vert. BEST REASON TO TAKE YOUR COLOR WHEEL FOR A SPIN: ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH complementary streak of liner that he used to outline the creases. Beauty Essential: MAC Chromaline in Rich Purple. WHY BLUE IS STILL THE NEW BLACK WHEN IT COMES TO EYELINER: HONOR If there was one look we saw in spades backstage, it was undoubtedly the cat eye. But the feline stare that had us most seduced was the one with the brightest boom of color: Honor's vivid matte cobalt version. Makeup artist Adrien Pinault meticulously painted the streak by first starting at the inner corners and thickening the line as he drew along lids before extending it way past outer edges. He then repeatedly retraced the stripe for the most intense color and decided to leave lashes and brows bare for a more modern effect. Beauty Essential: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo. BEST USE OF GLITTER: THAKOON Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy. BEST LIPS: CYNTHIA ROWLEY Cynthia Rowley's show unleashed this deep and vibrant lip that has us pining for plum. Makeup artist Romy Soleimani for Stila created the look by first swiping a magenta lipstick on the pout, and then layering eggplant and intense shimmery purple eye shadows onto lips with the pad of her finger. Beauty Essential: Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Lipstick in 600. BEST EXAMPLE OF WHY BIGGER IS BETTER: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Proving that frizzy curls can be both offbeat and oh so chic, hairstylist Guido Palau crafted wide, asymmetrical hair for Marc by Marc Jacobs with so much texture it almost looked fuzzy. He prepped hair for springy curls by first spraying a mousse from roots to tips to build volume before blow-drying the mane. After drawing a deep side part, Palau curled each section of hair using a one-inch or one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron and pinned each coil to the scalp. Once the curls set, he unpinned them and gently raked hair with his fingers and a brush to conjure up even more heft. He finally backcombed the top front section of hair, swept it across the forehead and locked it with a bobby pin before sending the model onto the runway. Beauty Essential: Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam. BEST USE OF HAIR ELASTICS: KIMBERLY OVITZ L'Oréal Professionnel Mousse Volupté Magnifying Mousse. BEST LOOK TO WEAR TO THE MAY FILM PREMIERE OF THE GREAT GATSBY: NAEEM KHAN iconic undulations for Naeem Khan, which he updated with a braided chignon in back. To start, he first greased up wet locks by saturating the entire head in gel and drawing a deep side part. He next formulated the curvy face-framing front by molding S-shaped waves with the tail of a comb. Beauchamp then pulled the lengths back into a low ponytail and braided it, before finally coiling the braid around into a bun and securing it in place with U-shaped pins. Beauty Essential: Bumble and Bumble BB Gel. BEST LOOK TO UPLOAD TO PINTEREST: CHRISTIAN SIRIANO With "a Russian girl dressed for an evening at the opera" in mind, hairstylist Antoinette Beenders built hair into a regal fishtail updo for Christian Siriano. She first fashioned a center part that ran the entire length of the head, and then spritzed on a prepping spray for texture and volume before blow-drying hair straight. Beenders next plaited an integrated fishtail on either side of the part and folded each braid in half. She finally crisscrossed both fishtails over each other at the back of the head and secured them in place with bobby pins, being sure to tuck the ends in underneath. Get ready to add this style onto your Pinterest board in 3, 2,.... Beauty Essential: Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep. BEST REASON WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FUTURE: ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO avant-garde metal headpiece at Zero + Maria Cornejo. To create the graphic look, hairstylist Martin Cullen began by fashioning a deep and wide zigzag part and gathering the lengths of hair into a low side ponytail. After running a straightener through the pony, he rubbed a glossing cream over the entire style to nix any static flyaways, and then sealed the look with a shine serum. The proverbial cherry on top—and the undeniable show-stealer—was a silver rectangular plate that was pinned above the ponytail, along with a circular headpiece that framed the face in an arrestingly modern way. Beauty Essential: Phyto Professional Glossing Cream. BEST USE OF A STEADY HAND: BIBHU MOHAPATRA The most covetable nails of the season—those simple but strong tips seen at Bibhu Mohapatra—were inspired by the graphic elements of Art Deco. Manicurist Honey first lacquered nails with a coat of pale pink polish, and then used a black acrylic paint to freehand a diamond design with a portrait border. In a pinch for time with the looming show, Honey explained, "I opted to use paint rather than polish because it dries so much quicker.” Beauty Essential: Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush. DO TRY THIS AT HOME: PRABAL GURUNG If you can paint in a single stroke (a.k.a. nothing out of the ordinary for lacquering nails), chances are you can achieve the nail art at Prabal Gurung. For a look that was meant to evoke strength with an element of vulnerability, hands featured a powerfully sharp chevron shape that was reduced to a skinny, more feminine triangle. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi for Sally Hansen first painted tips with a coat of pale gold polish, and then she diagonally layered nails with a swipe of army green from the base to the tip, creating her thin pyramid. Beauty Essential: Essie Nail Polish in Armed and Ready.
Photos: Courtesy of Kérastase (Jason Wu); courtesy of Estée Lauder (Derek Lam); courtesy of MAC (Badgley Mischka); courtesy of Lancôme (Monika Chiang); Getty Images (Alexandre Herchcovitch); Erin Baiano for Beauty.com (Honor, Cynthia Rowley); courtesy of NARS (Thakoon); courtesy of Redken (Marc by Marc Jacobs); Jon Gurninsky for Aveda (Kimberly Ovitz, Christian Siriano); courtesy of Bumble and Bumble (Naeem Khan); courtesy of Phyto (Zero + Maria Cornejo); Karie Frost (Bibhu Mohapatra, Prabal Gurung).
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