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Round Up: The Best Beauty Looks From NYFW's Fall Winter 2020 Runways

With inspiration from horror shows to colour blocking and artful eyeshadows, the makeup looks on the New York Fashion Week runways were an art fest paying tribute to old school beauty trends.
The classic red lip and black liner
Spotted at: Marc Jacobs   Marc Jacobs has always been one to blur the lines between the past and the present. This season, the makeup on his runway reflected that same sentiment, showing just how versatile the classic red lip and black liner can be.    From the exaggerated ’50s almond shaped eye to the smudged out smokey eye look of the 2000s, legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath pulled out all the stops and gave each model a unique eye look for the Fall Winter show. According to McGrath, she was paying homage to all the eras – past, present and future. Mix that in with the hint of old-time New York in Marc Jacobs’ designs? Consider us sold. 

Vampy looks
Spotted at: Rodarte    Drawing inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola’s novel, “Dracula,” Rodarte’s beauty looks sent preppy-meets-goth vibes down the runway. From the neck down, the clothes were bright and sprightly with hues of mainly blue, red and green. But from the neck up, the makeup seemed to paint a different story – glossy black red lips behind a black veil. Vampire bride, maybe?

Gunmetal goth
Spotted at: Anna Sui    Similar to Rodarte’s vampy looks, Anna Sui too served up some goth-vibes. Peep the iridescent gunmetal green on the lids, accompanied with berry-shade lips. Inspired by the ‘70s horror film Daughters of Darkness, Blood, and Black Lace, the looks were reminiscent to one Morticia Addams would likely sport. 

Spotted at: Christian Siriano    With bright coloured glosses and hearts on cheeks, the looks at Christian Siriano reminded us of the e-girl aesthetic, one that surfaced thanks to Instagram and TikTok. It was only a matter of time that the look would show up on the runways.   Rumour has it Maybelline’s newest lip gloss, the Lifter Gloss, also made its debut on the Christian Siriano runway. And although makeup artist Erin Parsons only worked with the clear gloss (shade Ice) as a topper for the lips, she’s raving about the pigmentation of the other nine shades that would be dropping. Based on that glossy pout on Siriano’s runway, we’re looking forward to another gloss to add to our stash.

Thin brows blue eyes throwback
Spotted on: Prabal Gurung   From the thin, barely-there brows of the ‘20s to the blue eyeshadow that’s made a comeback recently, M.A.C lead makeup artist Diane Kendal managed to put a modern spin on the makeup looks from the ’20s all the way to the ’70s. While ultra-thin brows might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the blue eyeshadow truly seems to be a shade everyone wants to have a stake in nowadays.

Pantone's classic blue
Spotted at: Tadashi Shoji   Upon first glance, it might have seemed like lead makeup artist Daniel Martin did a simple wash over of Pantone’s colour of the year on the model lids. But upon closer inspection you’ll spot an artful feathering to the look – the shadow seems to have been “brushed” onto the lids. With the orange blush/bronzer situation that was brought up to the high points of the cheeks, the look was a masterpiece in itself on the runway. 

Sultry smokey eye
Spotted at: Tom Ford   While this look might seem like the classic smokey eye, the layering of shadows and smudging of liners brings another dimension to the whole look. The copper and gold shades and the slicked back look served laidback sexy-glamour. We’re noting this down for our next date look.

Neon colourblock
Spotted at: Monse    Lead makeup artist Luis Navarro managed to make this simple, easy handed cut crease-esque look by colour blocking a bright neon shade above the crease of the lids. People say that Monse was channelling the anger of a woman, and if that’s the case I think Navarro nailed the vibe with a selection of fiery hues. 

Literal cat eyes
Spotted at: Rag & Bone   With eyeliner that was drawn out from the inner corners of the eye, this throwback look instantly gave models that feline-factor. Cue the memories of moms from the past who used to do their liners like that too. We love a good walk down memory lane.