Maybelline’s Spring 2014 Beauty Trends from the Runway at Fashion Week

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Spring Beauty Trends

Spring Beauty Trends: orange lips and nails, white eyes, nude nails, metallic sheen and no fuss makeup. (photo via Maybelline.) 

I’m always fascinated to see how the make-up and hair compliment a designer’s runway collection at Fashion Week.  After several years of covering fashion week, I’ve seen it all, from vintage red lips to 1960’s type crayola eyes.   This season there were some interesting beauty trends on the runway at various shows.  Each designer experiments with hair and make-up in different ways.  Here are a few trends we spotted at various shows for your consideration.  I’m not sure about the Orange Lips or the White Eyes I saw on some of the models, but these are attention grabbing make-up applications for sure.  The question is , will the average woman, who is not on the runway, want to experiment with these looks?


Orange Lips and Tips

Bright, almost neon shades of orange  walked the runway for spring 2013 . Backstage at DKNY, Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange was applied to models’ lips, then blotted for a matte, almost stained finish. Brows were groomed and shaped using the brand’s Master Shape Brow Pencil. The rest of the face was left bare. “A flawless complexion is the perfect canvas for standout lips and clothes that steal the show,” said makeup artist Charlotte Willer.

At SUNO, it was all about an electric pop of citrus on the nails. Models wore Maybelline New York’s Color Show Nail Lacquer in Orange Fix, a bright tangerine shade. Backstage at Mara Hoffman, the same vivid hue was used to create a spectrum design on models’ nails.

White Eyes

Backstage at Tibi, white eyes stole the show. Makeup artist Alice Lane used an angled shadow brush to draw Color Tattoo Cream Gel Shadow in Too Cool in a smooth, straight line across the upper lashline and out toward the temples. The shimmery white shade was also applied to the inner corners of the eyes, for an ethereal, fairy-esque look.

Nudes Nails

A major departure from the over-the-top nail art looks that have dominated recent seasons, the new nude nail is about an easy-glamour feel that is both fresh and modern. Models at Rachel Zoe wore Maybelline New York’s Color Show Nail Lacquer in limited edition Lust for Buff, a gorgeous neutral hue that was hand-chosen for the show by Zoe herself. The universally flattering shade will be available for a limited time, beginning in March 2014.    

Metallic Sheen

Metallic makeup is nothing new, but the look on the runway was refreshed with luminosity and lightened up for spring. These metallic touches are the “accessory” to an otherwise clean beauty look. At the Wes Gordon Show, makeup artist Alice Lane used Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Breaking Bronze to add a sheer wash of copper to models’ eyelids. At Mara Hoffman, Lane used her fingertip to apply Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Pink Rebel, swiping it onto models just before they hit the runway, as a glamorous finishing touch.

No Fuss Makeup

Backstage at the SUNO and Wes Gordon shows, makeup artist Alice Lane played with texture and gloss. She used Baby Lips Lip Balm in Quenched on models’ eyelids to add a luminous, light-catching glow. Lane used the term “fresh grunge” to describe the no fuss makeup look. “There’s a nod to grunge in that everything is slightly undone and nothing’s too perfect. But it’s cleaner and more wearable, for a sophisticated woman,” she said.

I’m all for no fuss, cleaner looks, what about you readers? My main issue with all the make-up is the time it takes to get the looks.  That’s something I am struggling with.   I just don’t seem to have enough time in the day for perfecting my look, something perhaps I need to work on.


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