Cara Delevingne backstage at the Diane Von F¸rstenberg show.

It’s an intense week filled with colour, beauty and the creative energy of the very best designers. It is New York Fashion Week.


Whilst fashion is the primary concern, makeup holds a very important place on the runway. Makeup artists created a variety of looks this year ranging from the beautiful, the bold to the bizarre. These are the highlights in makeup featured at NY Fashion Week.


Marc Jacobs

The Marc Jacobs runway models channelled their inner ‘40’s fashionista with big hair full of volume.  Guido Palau for Redken was the stylist behind creating “A New York girl with a rock and roll edge”. Using heaps of volume, flyaway pieces and a curling iron to form pin-curls, the result was messy bed hair.

The standout makeup look for Marc Jacobs was a bold red glossy lip. Shiseido makeup artist Dick Page mixed Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Sanguine and Drama to create the perfect tomato red.


Carolina Herrera

In contrast to Jacobs messy hair look, Carolina Herrera opted for a straight sleek ‘do, with models walking the runway with 1940’s inspired victory-roll pin ups. Her beauty inspiration was “architectural and modern.”


Donna Karan

Donna Karan models were quite striking and somewhat bizarre looking with magenta lined eyes. Drawing inspiration from the shades of sunrise and sunset, Charlotte Tibury for MAC Cosmetics produced an edgy sci-fi look.



Thakoon drew their makeup inspiration from Mia Farrow in ‘The Great Gatsby’.  Kerastase crafted Thakoon’s hairstyles with the vision of “A romantic woman in a garden with flowers and birds.” – Odile Gilbert. A half fringe was applied to each model giving each a quirky look.


Prabal Gurung

Makeup at Prabal Gurung was clean and simple. A light blush was used for contouring around the cheeks and forehead, and a light bronze colour was dusted over the eyelids. Foundation was natural and flawless.


Rag & Bone

Gucci Westman for Revlon created a pretty super girly look for Rag & Bone contrasting with its masculine collection. Westman channelled the feminine style of ‘60s star Twiggy. Eyes were a highlight with striking gel liner used across the top lids accompanied by false eyelashes.

Inspired by Edie Sedgwick, Redken stylist Guido Palau gathered hair at the nape, twisted it in a loose knot secured with pins and then tugged the hair upwards at the crown to add lift.



Alexander Wang

Hair was a notable highlight at Alexander Wang with the “cognac” look. Guido Palau dyed hair extensions with a rich cognac coloured russet before wrapping models ponytails with them.  Although very dramatic and “fake”, the idea of an ultra-sleek ponytail can certainly be worn by the everyday woman.

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Costello Tagliapietra

MAC stylists created amazingly vibrant lips for Costello Tagliapietra runway models. And the secret to the look was eye shadow! Artists painted on a matte coral red lipstick and then brushed loose fuchsia eye shadow powder in the middle of the lips for a velvet finish. The result was breathtakingly bold  lips.


The key look for Rodarte was smoky smudged eye makeup to produce a “rock ‘n roll princess”.  NARS artist James Kaliardos applied NARS eyeshadow in Bengali and Coconut grove under the eye before dotting mascara on top of the shadow.  His aim was to “make it look like the mascara has fallen down … from humidity”.

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Jason Wu
Purple eyes were all the rage at Jason Wu. Lancome artist Diane Kendall created a bright indigo shadow from blue and lilac shades. The eyes were then rimmed with violet liner resulting in exaggerated smoky winged eyes.


Images courtesy of Huffington Post, Getty and Bellasugar

About The Author

A Melbourne city girl through and through, Olivia is a Communications student at RMIT. After dreaming of crossing international waters her entire life, she has spent the last six months studying in Leeds, England. As cliched as it is, she believes travel really is the only thing that makes you richer and intends to spend the rest of her life exploring and discovering the world. A lover of the arts, good food and quality wine she realises the importance of being an enthusiast in life. Because honestly, lukewarm is no good for anything. Twitter: @oliviawindsor Blog:

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