Pared-down beauty to balance out envelope-pushing fashion? No, thanks, says Denis Gagnon. For his Spring 2011 collection, the Montreal designer teamed up with Lancôme makeup artist Lora Spiga to create edgy makeup that keeps pace with his chain-, fringe-and mesh-embellished creations. Heavy liner, red-painted lids and spiky hair played leading roles in the nouveau punk look, shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this week. Want to give the glunge (glam-grunge) look a try? Follow Spiga’s pro tips to get the look yourself.
To get a heavy punch of red pigment across the models’ top lids, Spiga dabbed on lipstick. The pro used Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Sienna Ultime to create the block of colour before loading up lashes with black mascara. Cheeks were left bare, while lips were treated to a barely there shade of pink.
Use a liquid liner to get the precision needed for an intense cat’s eye, recommends Spiga, who used Lancôme Artliner in black. Draw a sharp line that extends beyond your lashes, and then use a black pencil for a smudged line on the bottom. A coral lipgloss adds a touch of softness to the otherwise hard-edged look.
For this bold look, opt for mismatched lip liner and lipstick. Spiga outlined lips in brown with Lancôme Le Lipstique in Amandelle before coating the inside with a sheer beige colour. For eyes, blend a greyish green eyeshadow using your fingertip for an imperfect look, and finish with liner and mascara.
Start with matte skin to give eyes centre stage, advises Spiga. For the funky eyeliner, a steady hand and a bit of practice are key. Play around with shapes and intensity using a liquid liner to deliver a sharp, stay-put line.
For more on glunge makeup, turn to the beauty pages in the November issue of FLARE.