Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we’d like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you’re busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds…because science says that’s all the time you have.
THE LOOK: “Playful” manga girls with a punk attitude
INSPO: Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph. “[Fendi] sent me a manga illustration that was really cute and we took the cuteness and toughened it up a bit,” said McKnight of the “slightly cartoon-y” ponies and pigtails. The plastic studs seen sporadically dotted all over models’ heads also served as a jumping off point for the beauty look, as they’re the same accents adhered to the house’s interchangeable handbag straps. “The playfulness [of the accessories] was the starting point for this look,” added Philips.
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Peter Philips, Hairstylist Sam McKnight
BEAUTY MVPs: Ben Nye Glitter Glue, Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner, and Moroccanoil Treatment
TOP TIPS: Fill in your entire mouth with a nude lip liner to create a matte base and erase any redness. Then, coat lips with a thin layer of glitter glue and dust large sparkles across your pout with a brush. Layer a tissue over top and lightly apply pressure to push particles into place. Clean up any fall out with Scotch tape. “Too much color becomes gimmicky, so I went for a chic salmon color,” said Philips. “It looks like nude with a spectacular glitter effect—it’s almost like fireworks on the catwalk.”
McKnight’s team “stayed up all night” crafting the colorful studs that were strategically slipped into sleek ponytails. The hair pro reversed U-shaped pins, twisted, and attached the two pointed ends to the plastic studs. Then, he tucked the looped sides into catwalkers’ tightly pulled back strands.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Balance an ultra-shiny lip with matte black liner, devising a sharp, graphic wing at the inner and outer corner of your eyes—leaving the middle of your lid bare. “If it was a full [band of] eyeliner, it looks too elegant—we wanted that punk effect,” Philips noted.
TREND TALLY: Flashy lips were spotted at DKNY, while graphic bands of black liner made appearances at Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Ashley Williams, Sophia Webster, and Alberta Ferretti.