Ah, fashion week. That bi-yearly ritual where supermodels strut down runways sporting insanely expensive clothing and highly-conceptual makeup that no sane person would ever wear.
Except, this year, many of the looks were actually wearable. Yes, the eyelid sequins at Temperley and face glitter at Tadashi Shoji were more Halloween than Hollywood. And perhaps we shouldn’t love the geometric cat-eyes at shows like Chanel that made us think of Blade Runner (we shouldn’t, but we do.).
But those classic red lips! That gorgeously flushed skin! Those artfully smokey eyes! Fall makeup for 2015 is downright pretty. No, scratch that: It’s gorgeous—even the Blade Runner makeup.
Here are five of our favorite looks. Wearable or not, we can’t resist!
1. FUNKY CATLINER:
Several of the top shows like Anna Sui, Fendi, Mugler, and Proenza Schouler featured eyeliner that looked like it was applied in the middle of an earthquake. You might think you could never pull off a look like this, but you’d be wrong, says Joanna Simkin, makeup artist for Estelle, Nicki Minaj, and Jay-Z. “The secret to a crazy eye like this is doing a very clean face. For an extra dose of fun, I especially love bright blue or green eyeliner on the bottom only, with a lush lash on top. It’s unexpected.” Makeup artist Dee Dee Marcelli, who works with Coco Rocha and Michelle Rodriguez, recommends using smudgable black liner, layered with liquid liner on top. “It makes for a stronger pop and a flawless eye,” she says. Try (a) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil ($20) or (b) Hard Candy Walk The Line Liquid Eyeliner ($6). And don’t forget eye makeup remover—we like (c) Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($29) and (d) Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($6).
2. GLOWING, FLUSHED CHEEKS
Strobing, otherwise known as highlighting, is having a huge makeup moment right now, so it’s no surprise that the runways were awash in models with gorgeously flushed skin and rosy cheeks. “Rosy cheeks are a sign of health,” explains Emily-Kate Warren, celebrity makeup artist for stars like Dakota Fanning and Jordin Sparks. “Everybody looks prettier with flushed skin—it’s one look that never gets old!” Get the look thanks to a blushes like (a) NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30) or (b) Flower Transforming Touch Powder-to-Creme Blush in Tickled Pink ($13), and a highlighter like (c) Bare Minerals Clear Radiance All Over Face Color ($20) or (d) NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator ($8).
3. GLOSSY EYELIDS
Whether it was in the form of glitter, wet metallic shadow, or sequins (seriously, how does that not blind you?), eyes were heavily, colorfully adorned at shows like Mara Hoffman and Temperley. It’s all about having fun, and the bolder the color, the bigger the statement. “I tell people to do whatever makes them feel confident,” says Warren. “If you feel bold, go for the whole banana! But if you only want a glimmer of the trend, ease up on the rest of your face.” For maximum, on-trend wearability, pick a metallic gold shadow like (a) Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Brownish Copper Sheen ($32) or (b) Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Bold Gold ($6).
4. RED LIPS
There’s a reason red lips—seen all over the fall 2015 runways—are instantly associated with Old Hollywood stars like Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe: They’re timeless. Because red lips never really go out of fashion, Warren recommends going for a matte version to make them feel extra fresh. “A bright matte is always chic,” she says. Try (a) Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared Matte ($20) or (b) Milani Lipstick in Best Red ($4), plus (c) NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella ($26) or (d) Wet n Wild Color Icon Lip Pencil in Berry Red ($1) to keep the color from bleeding.
5. SMOKEY EYES
Another oldie but goodie, runway makeup artists relied heavily on a smokey eye at shows like Diane Von Furstenberg and Nicole Miller. We love this trend because it literally looks great on everybody. “The key to any smokey eye is to blend, blend, blend,” says Simkin, who advises using a pencil liner and smudging up and blending with a concealer brush and then a fluffy blending brush. “Add intense liner in the inner rim of the eye and tons of mascara and you have an easy smokey eye anybody can master.” Warren agrees, saying, “No matter your eye color, you’ll emphasize and make it pop. The eyes are the window to the soul!” Try (a) LORAC Front Of The Line Pencil in Charcoal ($20) or (b) Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner in Black ($6), plus a blendable black shadow like (c) MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon ($16) or (d) CoverGirl Queen Collection Eyeshadow in Black Tie ($3).