Runway beauty may have taken a turn for the all-natural of late, but a solid contingent of makeup artists dialed up the fantasy this New York Fashion Week. Of particular note? Eye looks that were at different turns graphic, glittering and painterly.
The cool thing is that they were most often paired with bare skin and lips, functioning as a fun embellishment to an otherwise realistic beauty look. And it makes sense as an evolution from last season's emphasis on no-makeup makeup: the look still feels accessible and modern, but with a cheeky fantasy element. It might be a while before we're back to regularly seeing elaborate, transformative beauty looks on the runway, but a bare face on its own couldn't last forever.
Keep on scrolling for the best eye looks we've seen thus far.
While Carolina Herrera showed some beautiful long lashes flecked with faux snow, Ohne Titel and Rodarte got the same idea about adding rows of purple caviar beads and Swarovski crystals on a string, respectively, just under the eye.
Has graphic liner ever not been a popular runway trend at New York Fashion Week? While makeup artist Diane Kendal created a graceful winged look traced all the way around the eye at Marc by Marc Jacobs, DKNY showed wishbone-shaped liner that hooked above the crease. At Adeam, Suno and Yigal Azrouel, there were unexpected slashes, dips and swoops. Fodder for a Friday night DIY, perhaps?
Makeup artists often say they treat the face like a canvas, and that painterly inclination came across in ways both subtle and vivid. The look at Altuzarra, a mix of silvery grays and browns, was particularly striking in the dissonance between its cool and warm tones. Baja East worked by a similar playbook, haphazardly dabbing snowy white on top of copper and gold. At Zero + Maria Cornejo, each model got a different set of freehand brush strokes on her eyes and brow. With a fresh, bare face, the results were completely elegant.