By Emma Grimes
If you’re in any way a lover of fashion, you will probably have noticed that New York Fashion Week has been in full swing over the past week. I tend to dip in and out of the coverage and although I’m not an avid follower of the shows, it’s the makeup looks that grab my attention. When Bean Editor-in-Chief Colette posted about the makeup from the Rodarte show on our Instagram page on Monday evening, I was full on obsessed. So much so that I got out my makeup straight away in an attempt to recreate one of the looks.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy were inspired by the paintings of Picasso and the music of Kate Bush in creating their SS19 collection which in turn inspired James Kaliardos in creating his colourful and romantic abstract makeup looks using NARS Products. He had recently seen the Picasso 1932 exhibit at the Tate Modern which consists of bold colours, mostly red, yellow, blue, lilac and green. The runway show consisted of the most beautiful gowns in very similar colours in fabrics such as lace, lamé, tulle and leather with eighties touches like extravagant ruffles, ruched bodices, polka dot, big sleeves and pointed metallic stilettos. There was also a hint of the early Kate Bush era with seventies inspired tiered floral maxi dresses, ribbons and crochet.
The contrast of the soft colours, loose curls, roses and tulle with leather, metallic golds and reds and Art Deco inspired gold arm pieces and statement earrings is reflected in the makeup. The romantic, ethereal rose petal red lips and exaggerated, almost eighties pink blush completely clashes with the abstract geometric pops of primary colours across the models eyelids.
Feeling completely inspired by the makeup, especially having just visited the Picasso Museum in Antibes last week, I attempted to recreate one of the looks using only cruelty-free products.
I used a base of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Moonstone) mixed with No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation (Calico) for a fresh and glowing complexion with a light to medium coverage as you could see the models skin texture and freckles. I then applied a minimal amount of the bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (fair) under my eyes. The eyebrows were quite natural so I just used some Glossier Boy Brow (Brown) with a touch of brow pencil to fill in any sparse areas. Then came the fun part. The colour was applied to the lids in quite an imperfect rectangular shape from right into the inner corner of the eyes, up and right out in almost a squared off wing. I used the BPerfect Cosmetics Stacey Marie Carnival palette which is the most colourful palette with great payoff and mixed the shades Sky and Mint. I slightly blurred the edges using a dry cotton bud rather than blending with a brush in order to keep the geometric shape. There didn’t seem to be any mascara used, possibly an eyelash curler, but I’m a mascara girl so I used a coat of the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. The finishing touches were Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze which I applied more liberally than I usually would in a more sculpted shape back towards my hairline and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.
Would you rock blue eyeshadow or is it a look best left in the eighties? Let us know what you think!
If you’re as mad about makeup as we are, take a look at Elle’s Go-To Signature Eye Look and Emma’s article on the cruelty-free red lipsticks worth investing in.