Give in to artistic desires with joyful splashes of color as seen on the FW21 runways.
For FW21, backstage makeup artists colored outside the lines, with freehand artwork taking shape on models’ faces. Blossom motifs stole the show at Angel Chen, while Moschino returned to the Renaissance with full faces of swirled color. For a happy medium, look to the draped blush technique used at Ronald van der Kemp, with pink blush blended from cheek apple to temple.
Pulled straight back, in swinging lengths, or edged with shaped baby hairs, braids had a moment during the FW21 shows and presentations. Touch up braids between salon visits with a dedicated smoothing cream or gloss to add a glassy sheen.
From larger-than-life hair bows to piled on pigments, FW21 spotlighted the art of exaggeration. Giambattista Valli couture showcased high impact coiffures, while at Simone Rocha, models had the same apricot shade swept across cheeks, eyes, and lips. to translate from the runway, focus on highlighting just one or two features for controlled drama.
Dramatic lips dominated at Dolce & Gabbana, with electric reds, blues, and blacks giving a 90s cybergirl vibe. “A statement lip is never out of style, so you can have fun with it,” advises makeup artist Pat McGrath. Feeling tentative about going across the color wheel? Try blotting an unconventional lipstick shade to a blurred stain to trial the trend.
Make the switch from basic black eyeliner to eye-catching color, with bold mono shades adding impact to winter looks. At Valentino, pops of pink and jade stood out, while Off-White amped up the look with irregular block shapes replacing the classic sleek wing. “Don’t be afraid to build up color,” says Valentino Beauty global makeup artist Raoúl Alejandre. “The more confident you are with your look, the better you can pull it off.”
Originally published in the January 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia