Not content with you dressing in and smelling like her, Victoria Beckham has designs on your makeup bag.
Her first beauty collaboration with Estée Lauder, which hit counters September 18, made its catwalk debut at her New York Fashion Week show.
The look clashed dewy skin with smudgy pops of eye colour, all of which complemented the fitted crushed-velvet clothes very nicely.
“The makeup really reflects the assured free spirit of the Ready to Wear this season, so the use of colour is quite carefree and applied in bold strokes across the eye. It doesn’t look that perfect or considered.”
Deliberate imperfection is rare in an Instagram-able age but those stripes do look good.
She’s even worn them on the red carpet, at a private viewing of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London last spring.
The Lauder team began by prepping the skin with Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm, €55, a refreshing water-rich gel that plumps the skin without greasy residue.
An all-over application of Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Morning Aura Illuminating Creme, €82, makes the complexion glow.
Double Wear Light Foundation SPF10, €40, sheered out with a sponge for a barely-there finish, created an even texture without suppressing VB’s luminous base.
Blemishes were camouflaged with pigment-rich Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Concealer, €28, and Perfecting Loose Powder, €40, set the lot.
Lips were kept bare because the eyes had the ‘it’ factor. Trace the inner corners with Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Eye Kajal Duo, €27, in ‘Vanille’ for a bright, wide-awake look. Both sets of lashes were fuller and curlier for coats of Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, €31.
VB was a fan of the limited-edition Modern Mercury Illuminating Powder Gelée, a 2011 cult hit, and requested it have a second life in her collection.
Models brows and cheekbones were luminous with the Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Highlighter in Modern Mercury, €58.
The collection also includes a matte powder-bronze, Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer, €48, for subtle contouring.
The look’s real highlight comes courtesy of the covetable Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Eye Palette, €80. Stripes of either ‘Fired Sapphire’ or ‘Burnished Sage’ were applied freeform across the lid and onto the outer socket-lines.
American Beauty at Thakoon
Thakoon Panichgul is out to make America beautiful again. The New York designer “really wanted the girls to look healthy, confident and optimistic,” says makeup artist Diane Kendal.
“It’s the return to the American beauty — really looking to that Peter Lindbergh iconic New York mood.
The look is inspired by the late 80s glamour girls like Cindy, Christie, Linda, and Tatjana Patitz.”
Skin is fresh, brows are beautifully groomed and lips are naturally defined.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, €41, a sheer to medium coverage base, created an even, glowing complexion with masking skin’s texture.
Diane nixed flaws with NARS Concealer, €25. Next she swirled NARS Blush in ‘Deep Throat,’ €30, over the apples of the cheek.
This gold-infused soft pink gives fair complexions an even prettier flush than NARS’s ’Orgasm.’ A slick of NARS Velvet Matte Lip, €25, in ‘Sex Machine’ picks up creates a similarly rosy pout.
Shade NARS Velvet Shadow Stick, €26, in Goddess was placed over the entire lid. Diane traced NARS Velvet Eyeliner, €24, in ‘Last Frontier,’ a deep chocolate, along both the upper lash-lines and sheered upwards into neat, rounded curves.
A swipe of NARS Audacious Mascara, €26, gave lashes definition and increased length. Diane matched a NARS Matte Eyeshadow, €25, to each model’s brow hair before shaping and filling them with a liner brush.
Tina Turner: Warrior Goddess at The Blonds
More is always more to outré design duo David and Philippe Blond. Makeup at their New York Fashion Week show was pleasingly, if atypically, wearable this month.
Makeup artist (and cool mononym) Kabuki says the look was “warrior goddess meets Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome-era Tina Turner.” Eat your heart out, Sasha Fierce.
He began by brushing on MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, €36.50, to perfect the skin.
The brand’s Studio Quicktrik Stick in ‘Here You Go,’ a coppery-rose cream blush, gently flushed the cheeks (this won’t be out till spring but you can get the look now with MAC Cremeblend Blush, €24, in ‘Brit Wit’).
Kabuki then matched a shade of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, €31.50, to each model’s skin tone and blended it with a similarly appropriate contouring shade before lightly sculpting the cheekbones.
For the soft nude eye, he began by covering the entire lid with MAC Make-Up Artist Cosmetics Paints, €22, in ‘Untitled.’
Then the ‘Pink Sienna’ shadow from the new season MAC ‘Semi-Sweet Times Nine’ Palette was blended in a winged triangle through the eye contour and under the lower lash-line (try ‘Fabulous DNA’ pink from the ‘Dusky Rose Times Nine’ Palette, €33.50, to get the look now).
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, €31.50, in ‘Soft and Gentle’ highlighted the lids and brow-bones. Mix clear MAC Pro Longer Waterproof Brow Set, €18.50, with brown MAC Haute and Naughty Lash, €25.50, for glossy, impeccably-defined lashes.
Kabuki created fuller lips by filling and overdrawing them with MAC Lip Pencil, €17.50, in ‘Strip Down.’
A coat of MAC Lipstick, €20, in ‘Peachstock’ was the glossy finishing touch.