It's Shaping Up to Be a Season of Glitter Tears

NYFW got you feeling like crying? Cry glitter tears instead of real ones.
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NYFW got you feeling like crying? Cry glitter tears instead of real ones.

On Wednesday evening at the Saint Laurent show/extravaganza, Elle Fanning showed up looking equal parts glam zombie, drunk Courtney Love, and Studio 54 acolyte. And it was all thanks to one beauty technique that is fast becoming a red carpet and runway beauty trend, if the last month is any indication. Behold, glitter tears:

Elle Fanning at the Saint Laurent show February 11 in LA. (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Elle Fanning at the Saint Laurent show February 11 in LA. (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Fanning and her makeup artist Erin Monroe really went for it here. It's almost glitter weeping rather than mere glitter tears. The smoky, smudgy look is also very on-brand for Saint Laurent, whose creative director Hedi Slimane loves a good rock 'n' roll motif. On some, the dark colors beneath the eyes could be really aging as they visually pull the eyes down. Fanning is 17 though, so that's obviously not an issue for her. It's also not the first instance of glitter tears we've seen this month. Here is Suki Waterhouse at the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" premiere:

Suki Waterhouse in London February 1. (Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Suki Waterhouse in London February 1. (Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

This look, by makeup artist Wendy Rowe, is a bit more subtle. According to her website, she used a combination of glitter and glitter glue and just tapped it on top of foundation in the shape of a messy teardrop. (Make Up For Ever offers finely milled glitter in all colors of the rainbow if you want to try it.)  "I think this will be a trend for Spring Summer," Rowe wrote. If so, it will probably be directly attributable to Rowe herself. Just two weeks before Waterhouse debuted this look, Rowe, who is the artistic consultant for Burberry Beauty, gave the models at Burberry's fall 2016 men's show glitter starbursts to honor David Bowie, who had died the day before.  

A model on the Burberry runway on January 11. (Photo: Imatree)

A model on the Burberry runway on January 11. (Photo: Imatree)

But, the plot thickens! The Burberry runway was not the first time Rowe has done glitter tears. She wrote that it was inspired by a Vogue Paris cover she did with Christy Turlington to celebrate the magazine's 95th anniversary several months earlier. 

Christy Turlington (Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/'Vogue' Paris)

Christy Turlington (Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/'Vogue' Paris)

Glitter above the eye showed up on several runways during the spring 2016 shows, most notably at Creatures of the Wind and Giambattista Valli.  Putting it under the eye is obviously the next iteration, at least for supermodels, regular models and teen ingenues. (Tom Pecheux put glitter under the models' eyes at Chanel's pre-fall show in Rome in December, but that was more walk of shame glitter than tears.) NYFW got you feeling like crying? Cry glitter tears instead of real ones. 

This post has been updated with the name of Elle Fanning's makeup artist and the information about Chanel's pre-fall show.