Beauty Highlights From New York Fashion Week Day 4: Carolina Herrera, Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs

14 February 2012

You've already seen Grazia Team Beauty's favourite looks from Day One, Day Two and Day Three at the Autumn / Winter 2012 shows, but now it's on to Day Four at New York Fashion Week. Phewf! Take a look at our favourite finds...

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1. A fine line at Carolina Herrera

Forget wings and flicks, this season's eyeliner is straight, super fine and sits right at the root of the lashes.  At Carolina Herrera, Diane Kendal left out mascara and instead applied a subtle thin liner at the root of their top lashes to give the illusion of wearing mascara. Now that's what we call clever cosmetics! We saw the same at Karen Walker where Jenna Menard (Clinique's global colour artist) used the brand's Eye Defining Liquid liner to draw on a straight cool line rather than a 'ticked' version. We're going to be fast tracking this AW trend, like now. We're that obsessed with it!

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2. Phillip Lim's cartoon crew

Like a Roy Lichtenstein cartoon, Philip Lim's model army were an emotional bunch. Eyelids were glossed to represent tears, NARS Jungle red was used on the crease of the lids and a dot was placed underneath where a natural tear would fall. Yep, cartoon beauty elements were used to fulfil the beauty brief and nails also played a role in the fantasy world. The nail artists created a shadow effect with Essie's Liquorice as the black base, then Chinchiller, a grey shade, graduated on top for an Ombre effect, finished off with a white stripe for that 'Sin City' cartoon effect. All we need now is a super hero to sweep us off our weary fashion week feet...

Beauty Highlights From New York Fashion Week Day 4: Carolina Herrera, Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs

3. Marc Jacobs victorian creeps

'The audience are in for drama and a show they'll never forget!' These were the lyrics being blasted backstage at the Marc Jacobs show. With fly-away, barely-there fringes and tiny plaited knots twisted into two low buns, hair was formulated to sit under Stephen Jones' giant hats and fit in with the gothic look. Make-up stayed mysterious with smudgey dark eyes, pale skin and strong brows created by Francois Nars and Guido. 

Beauty Highlights From New York Fashion Week Day 4: Carolina Herrera, Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs

With genetically modified coloured hats and a catwalk set to rival Broadway, Marc Jacobs had to push the beauty boundaries to match. We're not talking a bold lip shade or statement brows, though. This look was subtle, almost sinister, and the hair wouldn't have looked out of place on a Victorian street urchin.  As for that rousing song, it's from the musical Oliver ('who will buy...' etc) and it really made out heart skip a beat.


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