Okay, let’s be honest – sometimes when you flick through images from the runways heating up Fashion Week, while on one hand you marvel at the innovation and beauty, somewhere deep down inside you, you know you will never make two steps out the front door with that insane white graphic eyeliner coupled with metallic strips of underlash as seen in the Giambattista Valli show. But if you happen to need some inspiration from the fall winter shows of the year, we have got your back – read on for a peek at the more wearable trending looks watered down for the everyday consumer.
Imaxtree, Valli show
Neutrals and Nudes
You know you can trust a man’s taste if he has directed the hallowed houses of Gucci and YSL. Tom Ford launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, starting with eyewear and accessories, soon expanding to his own line of delectable makeup and scents as well. His runway show this season saw a comeback for smoky eyes, but with a damped down neutral twist. The look screams understated elegance – think lightly peach-bronze cheeks, taupe or gray eyeshadow and a nude lip, the softest monotone palette heaped onto the eyes like melting chocolate.
This color scheme is continued by Max Mara, who’s F/W line saw an array of textures in muted earth tones such as camel, beige and khaki. The models sported toned-down makeup to match – a hint of rosy taupe fanned out on the lips, a swipe of mascara, lips and cheeks in shades f the “my-lips-but-better” trend and we have a winner.
L: imaxtree, Tom Ford. R: imaxtree, Max Mara
So you want to be a little more daring, a touch more bold, but still keep it within your comfort zone. This season’s graphic eyes trend can be surprisingly wearable, if you know just how to take it down a notch. While the runway dramatics called for lashes so thick they were bordering on caterpillar furry, the neon eyeliner can actually be rather tasteful, like pops of color to make a statement. Guy Laroche kept the look casual with a barely-there look for the rest of the face – a swipe of clear brow mascara to tame the arches, tinted moisturizer and lip balm rounding out the canvas, while cat-flicks in hot pink took centre stage. While Moon Young Hee takes the cartoon eyeliner a little bit to the extreme end (but hey, fashion!) we found a much more wearable take of the same look with the help of Youtube beauty guru and Instagram-gal, Hyulari.
Getty images, Guy Laroche
An updated take on last year’s norm-core nerd flush which had half the world dotting on fake freckles and shading pink blush across the slope of the nose, this season’s blush trend looks like a delightful, youthful flush, kind of like the kind teenagers get when they chance upon their crush in the cafeteria line. Natural shades of pink or coral matching your own skin undertone can be applied high on the apples of your cheeks, shading up to near the temple for a natural glow. The Chanel show saw their models looking like they had just come in from the cold, pairing it like a barely-there lip to put the focus on the cheeks. Aigner matched their blush to their eyeshadow for an overall cohesive look.
L: Getty Images, Chanel. R: Getty Images, Aigner
Classic Red Lip
Perhaps one of the most iconic red lips ever worn in modern culture was the retro red shade made popular by platinum songstress, Taylor Swift. But while T-Swizzle happens to favor a bright cherry shade such as NARS Dragon Girl, not everyone is as lucky to have skin so neutral and pale that it’s practically snowy. The runways this season demonstrated different shades of matte red to match their models and looks, with a vampier deep cranberry on a goth-punk model at the Louis Vuitton show. Paco Rabanne paired military braids and a funky double cornrow hair parting with smoky eyes and a brick red lip. Helmut Land and Fendi wore the classic red lip look with an understated everything else – almost no eyeshadow, well-groomed brows, a healthy complexion.
L: Getty Images, Louis Vuitton. R: Getty Images, Paco Rabanne
You wake up after a night of partying ’til 4am on your friend’s couch and in your hungover state you realize you have committed the greatest sin to your skin – passing out without sloughing off your makeup. The rest of your face is miraculously intact but your eyeliner has transferred to your lower lash-line in a 90s grungy smudge. Well all you night animals can thank the fashion fathers -Armani, McGrath, Versace, all of whom decided that morning-after liner is suddenly in again. The look paired well with their collections which featured more grunge elements in black or metals. The smudged-out liner was paired with either a neutral beige lip or a matte dark red. Imagine being a lazy drunk, waking up and realizing you are wearing one of the season’s looks on your face.
L-R: Armani, Givenchy, Fendi, all by Getty Images
The season also covered the usual suspects that roll around every F/W for all its dry, cold weather – dewy, highly moisturized skin that glows from within, berry tones for lips, glossy lips and lacquered lids. But there are also some new additions that we have deemed less wearable or at least, harder for the everywoman to digest – high-fashion over-the-top falsies, neon mascara, appliqué freckles and pastel blue, lilac or even bright orange eyeshadow that honestly looks like a child took his or her crayons to their face. Runway looks can be hard to pull off for the most part, but we have filtered out the ones that will not only be much easier to adapt into your daily routine, but ones that also will have longer longevity and still be classic in years to come.