In the age of the selfie, like-worthy makeup is a must. Mercifully, beauty is retooled this season with painterly, photo-ready looks that require no brushes at all. Soft or bold, there’s a fresh, by-hand quality to decorating mouths and cheeks—seamless washes of metallics, imprecise, free- flowing liquid eyeliner and strokes of Crayola-style lip crayon are all that’s needed to achieve Instawham.
CURVES OF PARADISE
Black liquid eyeliner is your new magic marker. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinaldi traced the upper lash line, ending with cat-eye flicks at the corners. Using the same liner, she added floating arches above the crease (bleached eyebrows create a blank slate), giving more height and roundness to one eye. A swooping third arc over the opposite brow captures the season’s individualistic graphic expression. FLARE Picks: Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick&Thin Liner, $8; Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Charivari, $28. Choker, Miu Miu.
THE PAINTED LADY
Brush strokes of pure white gave catwalk lids the fresh surprise of April snow. Apply in modest amounts using white eyeliner to open up eyes. Our favourite runway colour combo paired bright blanc with classic matte crimson lips. Rinaldi began with shape-perfecting lip liner before tapping on, then blending, a vibrant red. FLARE Picks: Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Scandal, $36; M.A.C Chromacake in Pure White, $30. Sweater, model’s own.
Spin the colour wheel to find two tones with friendly contrast—one for eyes and one for lips (just leave cheeks bare unless you want Gaga drama). Rinaldi used potent theatre makeup here, but most cosmetic-counter paint pots allow you to start with a sheer wash of colour and layer up to your desired density. With reflective cream colour on lids, go with matte brights on lips; we noted juicy orange inside and outside the fashion week tents. FLARE Picks: Make Up For Ever Flash Colour Pot in Bright Blue, $23; Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Tigerlily, $6.
Warm metallics on eyes are the answer to last year’s all-over bronzer, so concentrate the sexiness in one fell swoop. Using fingertips, bring pigment up to the brow in a round shape (the mood isn’t so aggro-angular this season). At Gucci, CoverGirl global creative design director Pat McGrath dabbed Elizabeth Arden’s cultishly hoarded Eight Hour Cream over shimmering golden-brown shadow for extra glint. For less texture tackiness, more traceless dewiness, try a bronzing BB cream or balm instead. FLARE Picks: Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Colour in Burnished Bronze, $17; CoverGirl TruMagic The Sunkisser, $14.
Radiant skin, beige-y neutrals and harsh line–free faces are the new warm-day mainstays. On the runway, makeup artists massaged in sculpting creams to contour cheeks and eyes. Moisturizers were patted onto complexions after the makeup was fait accompli—you can even blend essential oils into foundation to get the post–ballet class glow. On lips, new gloss formulas are employing fine oils for a healthy treatment and glamorous glimmer without the stickiness. FLARE Picks: Nars Matte Multiple in Altai, $46; L’Oréal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche lip colour in Nude Ballet, $13. Dress, $245, Blak.i.