Beauty: Eye eye

Beauty: Eye eye
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A bold lip never goes out of fashion, but the on-trend colour varies from season to season.

Whether it’s a vibrant red, haunting black or even a classic nude, dressing up your lips is a sure fire way to stay up to date with make-up. But things get a little more interesting further up your face, and for Autumn/Winter 15 the world’s biggest fashion houses got creative with eye make-up.

“Painterly technique has been around for quite a few seasons,” MAC’s Terry Barber told Cover Media. “It’s simply make-up reflecting fashion. Creating a shape on the eye that looks like a tear or a rip. It brings a lot of youthfulness to beauty.

“You can’t have super glamorous make-up against urban, sporty clothes. The trend needs something a bit taken apart, deconstructed.”

In London, Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label, Jean-Pierre Braganza and Mary Katrantzou went bold with the trend; Westwood with splashes of red all over the face, Braganza with graphic black liner, and Katrantzou with striking bottom lashes.

Kenzo’s Paris show was also full of the trend, and saw models with thick, graphic lines broken up white shadow on their lids.

Another trend seen on numerous runways was the idea of tattoos on the face.

“Graphics and tattooing,” noted Terry of the bold look. “Make-up was not just about eyes and lips, but facial adornment, using it like jewellery. Like gypsy tattoos, or fairground travellers. Done with Henna.”

Giamba’s Milan showcase used heart and other symbols around the eyes, while Jacquemus’ Paris presentation saw models strut the runway with full on faces drawn on their cheeks.

Eyebrows were another big facial focal point.

“We went through many seasons of having a very generic, masculine eyebrow,” Terry noted. “The idea of incredibly full, hair by hair, slightly ’80s feel in the brow filled out quite strong, giving face strength. It’s a modern aesthetic of beauty that you adjust the brow in order to adjust the mood of the face. That used to be eyeliner and now it’s a brow – like J.W. Anderson’s pin thin brow.

“Brow dressing; the shape dictates the style.”

© Cover Media

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