August 29 2014

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The Face of New York: In A Word, Slick


With the tents dismantled in Bryant Park and the fashion tribes officially relocated to Europe for the next month, it seemed like an opportune time to declare what we’ve determined to be the beauty buzz to come out of New York for Spring/Summer ’09. Hands down, eye gloss dominated the runways in NYC, with Charlotte Tilbury adding Vaseline to chocolate brown and black cream shadows at Matthew Williamson, Diane Kendal dipping into what she called a “grease pot” at Proenza Schouler, and Dick Page making good use of the same tinted goop at Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs while adding Aquaphor to liner at Narciso Rodriguez. When asked his opinion on the burgeoning trend, Page did not miss a beat: “You know, you just can’t put much more gloss on your lips. Its like everyone’s been eating pork chops for the last few years. I don’t know how much more gloss the lip can carry, so maybe it’s just migrating north.” The “wet look” is not necessarily, er, easy on the eyes, however, and application can often be problematic. “It’s kind of tricky in the real world because it goes south—it moves, so you can’t put anything else on with it,” Page says, referring to the fact that typically no mascara or plain liner will hold when an eye gloss is involved. But if you can appreciate its pared-down effect, the makeup artist recommends blending a charcoal pencil on the back of the hand with your emollient of choice and applying to lids at will.

Photo: Greg Kessler, at Proenza Schouler



  1. abbeyturnbull says:

    sounds way too messy for off the runway. altho my grandmother used to tell me to use vaseline alone on the eyelids for a subtle sheen.

  2. eSelle says:

    I agree with abbeyturnbull… If they can make an “eyegloss” that would work then I think that it would be a hit.

  3. jaquson says:

    My eyes disappear without mascara. I dont this look going south!

  4. MissMLR says:

    Try a M.A.C cream colour base in Fawntastic… It truly is lush. Try sweeping on with your index finger. It gives a really beautiful sheen. The colour is a fawny beige so it looks great on Enuit to African skin. Also to the lady that needs mascara. Try getting your lashes tinted it makes your lashes longer thick & darker without having to wear mascara every day. I think the secret for creating runway makeup for the street it just to take the bits you like and take it down a notch….Hope this is helpful XX

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