Zac Posen is known for his glamorous runways, and for Fall 2013 he paired his red-carpet-worthy frocks with crimped chignons and deep berry lips. The updos, according to key hairstylist Luigi Murenu for John Frieda, offered a sense of lightness when paired with the gowns. And as for the makeup, artist Kabuki for MAC described it as an almost reverse smoky eye, inspired by the supermodels of the '90s. A brick-red lip punctuated the look. We went backstage at Posen's show (set at the famed and gilded Plaza Hotel) to watch a model go through hair and makeup from start to finish. Watch and see how the posh look came together.
Carolina Herrera wanted her models to look gorgeous for her Fall 2013 show, and that they did. For the elegant look, Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil gave a new twist (if you will) to the victory roll, while Diane Kendal for MAC added a gorgeous shade, Hot Tahiti, on the lips. Nails were adorned with Essie's Ladylike to streamline the elegant factor.
Backstage at Victoria by Victoria Beckham, a new kind of art student was being brought to life: the modern-day beatnik. Barely there makeup and tons of texture in the hair lent themselves to a completely wearable downtown look.
The look: Heavily textured hair, baggy ponytails, and barely there makeup
Who would wear it: The intelligent, but still downtown-cool, art student
Key products: L'Oreal Professionnel True Grip Texturizing Powder, MAC Studio Finish Concealer, Vaseline
Makeup: Lucia Pica for MAC wanted the focus to remain on the girls' natural beauty. "We're using only concealer, no foundation, and only where needed," she said. Eyes and lips were blended with concealer before Pica dabbed some Vaseline on. For the lashes, Pica applied brown mascara at the root before cleaning the product off the ends. "It adds definition without being too overt," Pica said.
Hair: "We didn't want an army of lookalikes coming down the runway, so we're keeping them as they are," Anthony Turner for L'Oreal Professionnel, said. Therefore, he didn't fuss too much with the hair. After working a bit of volumizing spray on the ends, he blew-dry the hair with his fingers. Some girls with longer hair then had their strands looped into baggy, unkept ponytails with pieces falling free around the face. Right before they hit the runway, Turner added texture with L'Oreal Professionnel True Grip Texturizing Powder to add some fuzzy bits of hair around the face.
If you like the sassy-chic '60s girl, then you'll love Libertine Fall 2013's retro eye makeup look. Inspired by the vintage silhouettes in the collection, the geometric liner goes past the lid and "straight to the runway," says MAC makeup artist Chantel Miller. See how to take this dramatic liner style from the runway to a girl's night out in today's How-To.
We're seeing lots of graphic eyeliner this season, and the models at Karen Walker's Fall 2013 show had big, bold, and colorful winged eye makeup. The vibrant eyes were paired with a grunge-inspired hairstyle and black matte nails.
The look: Bright makeup with tousled hair and low ponytails.
The inspiration: Siouxsie Sioux.
Color scheme: The green and orange eye makeup was inspired by shoes from the collection.
Makeup: Lead makeup artist Benjamin Puckey for MAC drew upon Siouxsie Sioux of the English punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees for inspiration for the vibrant eye makeup. The orange and green liners were created using MAC pigments and were painted on the lids using a fine lining brush. Brows were bleached with hydrogen peroxide, and the face was kept bare with a little foundation to make the color on the eyes really stand out.
Hair: Of the textured hair, lead stylist Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble explained, "What we're doing is a little bit of a grunge revival." All the girls had their hair diffused to bring out their natural texture, and then their strands were set in loose braids to hold the look until they went out on the runway. He layered Bumble and Bumble's Prep and Surf Spray to get the natural-looking texture.
Nails: Nail artist Joaney Black for OPI created the punk-rock-esque manicure. She started off with Black Onyx and finished with a matte top coat for the ultimate in cool-girl style.
You don't have to go overboard with makeup to achieve a pretty date-night look. We headed to the MAC Pro location in New York City to learn how to create a flattering yet flirty makeup look from MAC artist Luc Bouchard. The look is all about focusing on your eyes while playing up sexy, glowing skin.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, MAC Cosmetics is releasing a makeup collection inspired by one classic love triangle: Archie, Betty, and Veronica. The latest cartoon collaboration follows in the fabulous footsteps of Miss Piggy and Wonder Woman, but the Archie's Girls collection is even more exciting because there are two lines, one for each competing girlfriend. Sweet and innocent Betty has been translated into pale pinks and peaches, while daring and brazen Veronica becomes deep shades of red and plum. The Archie's Girls collection will be available online Jan. 30 and in all stores Feb. 7. It's sure to appeal to the heartbreaker in you.
Getting a flawless makeup look means you have to master the basics first. MAC senior makeup artist Romero Jennings shares the essential steps to perfecting your complexion so you have the ideal base for creating any makeup look. Click through to see his step-by-step guide.
Fizz. Pop. Clink. That's the sound of 2013 approaching — time to put on your sparkliest dress, let your hair down, and get ready for the ball to drop. MAC's Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt came by our studio in Los Angeles to show how you can pair glittery eyes with a red lip and not look over-the-top. Watch the step-by-step tutorial in today's Beauty How-To. On Kirbie: Baublebar earrings and Nicole Miller Dress.