Thanks to MAC Cosmetics and photos from Getty Images, here is a recap of beauty trends straight from Spring/Summer 2008 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
For Aussie-turned-New Yorker Josh Goot’s Azzedine-referenced spring collection, Phillipe Chansel made the makeup disappear. The models’ faces looked absolutely nude—“but that’s because the makeup is really well blended,” he explained. Using MAC’s Micronized Airbrush foundation without the actual airbrush achieved the look—while MAC Lip Erase took down the lip color. The cheeks had the most subtle hint of contour and highlight—but the real action was at the nape of the neck (sorry I don’t have a photo of this). There, Chansel dabbed silver, white, pink or gold powder patches behind the girls’ high sleek ponytails. “To catch the light as they walk,” was the reason—a new novel placement for makeup? Necks could be the new eyes.
Makeup artist Tiffany Johnston had an epiphany at Grey Ant’s Spring ’08 show; plastic skin. “It has a little reflection,” she described. “So it’s not dewy—and it’s not matte, either.” Using a tiny amount of neutral lip gel and cheek highlight, she then obliterated her near-natural look with doll eyes straight out of a Keene painting; one set of models had blacked-out eyes; the other electric blue. “I cut off the false lashes at the ends and packed mascara on, creating a feeling of paper maché,” she described. All in all, the sprint look at Grey Ant was about texture—a mix of real and fake—and virtually no color.
Band of Outsiders
Band of Outsiders appropriately nautical spring show aboard a ship at Chelsea Piers inspired makeup artist Romy Soleimani to break out the navy eyeliner. Ships ahoy! Indigo is always a sure sign of spring. The actual base makeup was carefully applied and this season’s first trend we’ve spotted; pale pale contouring of cheeks, for that ravenously hollow but still healthy look, worked well with naval chic.