Fashion Month has come and gone, with all of our favorite labels presenting collections across the four fashion capitals of the world. We've lusted after our fair share of furry Vuitton capes, dreamy Valentino maxi dresses and funky patterned Dries Van Noten powersuits this season, but our collective obsession with these gorgeous runway shows wasn't limited to the clothes themselves.
From shimmery, sultry eyes to colorful, pop-art designs, we were blown away by the artistry of this season's runway beauty looks. Given that our sewing skills aren't quite up to scratch to recreate some of our favorite pieces from this year's shows (we're looking at you, Tibi), we decided that we'd try out some of the most eye-catching makeup styles instead to see if we can get a bit of Fashion Week glamour into our day-to-day lives.
From Balmain to Westwood, check out the fresh-off-the-runway beauty looks our editors tried out, plus tips and products so that you can recreate them for yourself:
1) Elie Saab FW17 (image: Harbersbazaar.com) 2) Blogger Dara Senders (image: Diana Liu)
I love Elie Saab – his glamorous collections never disappoint and are some of my most anticipated every Fashion Week! I especially loved this season's glitzy smoky eye and nude lip. Replicating it was much easier than expected and I felt like a modern-day disco queen all day – and into the night. It may be too intense of a look to wear before 8 p.m., but it's perfect for a night out on the town.
Get the look:
1. Starting with the eyes, dust a white eyeshadow over the whole lid, including the tear duct and brow bone.
2. Draw a small cat eye using black liner. On your lids, blend together a combination of metallic black and silver shadows for a dramatic look. Then, add a few coats of mascara to give your lashes some volume.
3. Accentuate your eyes by applying glittery shadows in blue or green to the outer corners.
4. Give your brows some extra depth by filling them in with a brow pencil.
5. For the lips, apply some shimmery eyeshadow over a clear gloss for that high-fashion, ice-queen pout.
1) Deputy Editor Alice Brace (image: Diana Liu) 2) Vivienne Westwood FW17 (image: Vogue.fr)
I really liked the color of my makeup look. I got a lot of compliments on the style from people in the office but as soon as I stepped outside I felt more fancy dress than fashion. I'd definitely try the silver highlights again, and maybe incorporate bolder shades into my general makeup kit, too.
Get the look:
1. With red liner and a steady hand, draw wide ovals around the eyes – it's recommended you begin with this step so you can start again if it all goes pear-shaped.
2. Tightline the lower waterline of your eyes with black liner.
3. Take a shimmery silver eyeshadow and highlight the inner corners of your lids for a subtle sparkle.
4. Apply a clear gloss or a lip balm, then pat on some of that silver eyeshadow to highlight the corners of the lips.
1) Balmain FW17 (image: Instyle.com) 2) Editor-in-Chief Amanda Randone (image: Diana Liu)
This fierce makeup look from the Balmain runway really made an impression on me — those gold-touched lips were the perfect fit for a Rousteing ensemble. I thought recreating that mouth hardware would be the biggest challenge for this look, but a quick trip to the craft store yielded plenty of options for a substitute – we went with wrapping ribbon that was silver, which many of the Balmain models rocked instead of Kendall's gold. My lips didn't stay on as I strolled along the Canal Saint Martin for the rest of the day, but no one seemed to find my dramatic cat eye too out-of-the-ordinary.
Get the look:
1. Start by tightlining your eyes with some black liquid liner, focusing on the inner corners.
2. Dust a shimmery, copper-toned eye shadow on the inner section of your eyelid. On the outer edges of your eyes, take a black eyeshadow and liberally apply, creating a dramatic wing. Using the liquid liner, define the edges of each wing, blending slightly to create a seamless, but defined, look.
3. Add some drama by dusting a silver eyeshadow on the inner edge of your eyes and underneath your lower lash line. Finish the eyes off with a coat of mascara.
4. For the lip accessory, cut out two small sections from a piece of gold or silver wrapping ribbon, and attach them to your lips with double sided tape. And pout. Hard.
1) Editor MaryFrances Knapp (image: Diana Liu) 2) Maison Margiela FW17 (image: Fashionista.com)
I’m a huge fan of Maison Margiela, so I was really excited to recreate this look from the FW17 collection – if not a bit intimated, as it was whipped up by Pat McGrath. I love the whole paint-by-numbers feel and that graphic, droopy eyeliner. I honestly felt so comfortable in this look all day, and it made me realize that I’m way too conservative with my makeup.
Get the look:
1. Cover your eyebrows with liquid foundation for a smoother canvas. Then, fill them in with red and orange shadows, blending gradually.
2. With an aqua eyeshadow, shade in the space between your brow bone and lids, extending the line to just below the eye.
3. Dust some matte, pearly shadow onto the inner corners of the eyes and lids for that iridescent glow.
4. Using black liquid liner, start from the mid-point of your crease and draw a wishbone shape, adding flicks at the lower corner. We recommend that you practise with a pen and paper first.
5. Apply a light coat of a pink or peach-toned lipstick so that the spotlight stays on your eyes.
Header and cover image by Diana Liu