When Make-Up Artist magazine visited the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s 2012 fall shows in New York, the prominent make-up trend was a lack of make-up. Artists often used no foundation, no mascara, no blush and no lipstick. Most color was focused on the eyes.
See highlights from the shows below. And for more fashion week coverage, read Issue 95 of Make-Up Artist magazine, on newsstands now.
Designer: Cushnie et Ochs
When: 1:13 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Where: Milk Studios
Make-up Artist: Charlotte Tilbury for M.A.C.
Details: Contrasting forces of what Tilbury called “purity and sexiness” inspired the look. Wet-looking hair, “more-than-dewy” skin and smudgy brown liner all the way around the eye using M.A.C. Pro Paint Sticks in Deep Brown and Black and M.A.C. Eye Kohl in Teddy were the key elements here. Cheekbones were contoured with M.A.C. Pro Sculpting Cream in Copper Beach (available autumn/winter 2012) and skin was perfected using M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation; blush wasn’t used. Lips were covered in a sheer wash of foundation for a bare, muted effect.
When: 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Make-up Artist: Tom Pecheux for M.A.C.
Details: No specific woman inspired this look, but Pecheux listed the neutral tones of the collection, plus the sleek hair and leather headbands the models wore, as guides. “We tried strong make-up, but that was making the girls old. And we wanted to keep that freshness,” he said. M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Gesso created a “halo of white” around the eyes and M.A.C. Powder Blush in Breezy, a very soft pink, was placed on the eyelids from the crease up to the brow. Lashes were curled, but mascara wasn’t used. Gesso was also used high on the cheekbones, and M.A.C. Powder Blush in Cubic was used to create a rosy flush low on the cheeks. M.A.C. Lipstick in Hazy Lilac, a soft pink (available autumn/winter 2012), was applied and blotted down with Gesso.