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July 31 2014

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At Balenciaga, Makeup For The Concrete Jungle

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There were a few different moments at Balenciaga yesterday that sent us into excitement overdrive. Seeing a hoodie on the runway in any incarnation—let alone one crafted by Nicolas Ghesquière’s gifted hands—was enough to make our hearts go pitter-patter. When that series of covetable color-blocked shift dresses followed, the presentation quickly sky-rocketed toward the top of our favorites list. But the urban-warrior-style makeup courtesy of Pat McGrath put us over the edge, adding icing to what was already a pretty flawless cake. What really impressed us was the subtlety of the tribal-inspired look, which, if applied with a heavier hand, could’ve come across as much more eighties, à la François Nars at Marc Jacobs circa Fall 2009. Instead, the discreet two-fingered dusting of charcoal looked almost delicate, despite its graphic nature. And don’t even get us started on the neon burst on the inner corner of the eye. Barely noticeable at first, it’s a detail that hits you hard when it ultimately registers. For at-home trial and error, dab CoverGirl’s Eye Enhancers in Shimmering Onyx into the groove where your brow bone meets your nose bridge and, using a shadow brush to drag it under the eye, extend the line over the temple, adding a parallel line above for symmetry. As for the neon bit, Face Stockholm’s Matte Shadow in Alarming should do the trick. While the sad reality is setting in that we may never know the joy of slipping into one of those shift dresses, it’s slightly comforting that wearing the makeup from the show is within the realm of possibility.

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking /Getty Images

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