From Donna Karan and Michael Kors to Kate Spade and Lela Rose, statement shadow made eyes pop across the Spring 2013 runways during New York Fashion Week.
Natural, barely-there makeup looks, buff nails, nude lips and breezy loose waves were contrasted with pops of bold neon hues, for a hit of 80’s-inpsired energy.
Statement looks often come from London or Paris, and rarely from a signature New York designer such as Donna Karan, but this pop of pink was one of the stand out looks of this past week. The color was crazy, but what you can take from this look is the shape. Instead of a standard flick or smoky edge, this square shape is a subtle take on graphic liner. Donna Karan paired a messy high ponytail with fuchsia rimmed eyes and hot pink lashes for a major pop, giving the romantically whimsical gowns a mystical, other-worldly appeal.
There’s nothing like a multi-tonal red lip. Some of the most famous red lips in history (see: Marilyn) have been high-maintenance, multi-tonal lips. The bold cherry liner fades into a bright pink center which makes the lips look fuller and well defined. A sharp line is the most important element of this lip so use a lip brush, or two, for a precise application.
It’s rare that a designer can reference an icon like Edie Sedgwick and still be original. Just a few weeks ago we predicted the rise of soft-focus beauty and we were proven right with Marc Jacobs’ soft and blended version of the Sedgwick classic. If you’re wearing a statement eye such as this one, no matter how soft, take another cue from Jacobs and keep the rest of the skin clean. No need to overwhelm the face with other colors when the eye stands out on its own.
Models at Lela Rose complemented a simple low bun with an electric yellow shadow. A heavy layer of Stila’s Citrine Jewel eyeshadow (available later this year) started in the inside corners of the eye and extended to the midpoint of the eyelid above and below the lashline, finished with a dark brown smokey look for a blend of low-key natural and youthful energy.
At Monique Lhuillier, sleek wet-looking strands and a wash of bold blue eyeshadow accentuated the under-the-sea theme of the collection, while Kate Spade also opted for electric blue shadow and funky pompadour curls for an energetic 80’s vibe.