Maybelline makeup artist Grace Lee has been the go-to woman for the makeup looks at World MasterCard Fashion Week, from the heavy, crystal-coated black eye at VAWK to the cold-flushed cheeks at Joe Fresh and everyone in between.
As diverse as the Fashion Week collections have been, the trends on the runway have skewed toward naturally beautiful looks featuring nude lips, bronzed eyes and dewy, glowing skin. We sat in with Lee backstage last week to learn how to get those looks, including subtly exaggerated lashes, an edgy ombre lip, and that model-perfect glow (spoiler alert: put lip balm everywhere).
Grace Lee, doing what she does best. (Photo: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur/Maybelline)
To your average fashion lover, runway makeup is often seen as a wild, sculptural art form — one that stands completely apart from the mascara and concealer we slap haphazardly on our faces each morning. The runway’s where designers’ flights of fancy migrate onto models’ faces — we’re talking blue clown mouths, feather lash extensions and, horror of horrors, red eye makeup.
A glossy rose-gold eye and luminous skin at David Dixon. (Photo: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur/Maybelline)
Lupita Nyong’o may have bested Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Oscars, but we can say they were both red carpet winners.
Can you imagine this conversation? Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o meet up on the red carpet at the Oscars March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Christopher Polk/AFP)
Rosalyn and I are expecting very different evenings on Valentine’s Day – girlfriend is engaged to sweetheart and I’m about to have my first love day as a singleton in many years. So we’ll need different looks.
We asked Melissa Ortins, makeup artist and national trainer for ACI Brands, to dream up a date night and girls’ night makeup look for us. Here’s out to get ‘em at home.
Date night – Anna Sui
Rosalyn before and after her “date night” look. (Kate Kennedy/QMI Agency)
Even if your makeup bag is full, a good red lipstick is a must.
Want a kiss? Rosalyn is wearing Nars Cinematic lipstick in Future Red and Kate is wearing Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Big Bang. (QMI AGENCY)