New York Fashion Week SS14: Marie Claire's Top 5 Beauty Looks

Cassie Steer
by Cassie Steer

We've been scouting around backstage at New York Fashion Week to bring you the five stunning catwalk beauty looks that will turn heads back in Blighty.

Whether you're an LA louche or a colour renegade, there was a hair and make-up look for you at New York Fashion Week SS14.


1. California girl at Rodarte
The Rodarte girls grew up in the City of Angels but being the hipster brand it is, they wanted to channel the 'real' LA. Translated into hair and beauty terms, this meant 'wild girl' brushed up brows and graphic eyeliner courtesy of make-up maestro James Kaliardos . 'We're using Nars Via Veneto and Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life Eyeliners to really emphasise the outer corners of the eyes in a roughly pointed but not feline shape,' said Kaliardos, who admits that finding that perfect balance between retro and raw is often a difficult feat. Meanwhile over on hair, Odile Gilbert's tweed-inspired hair pieces were feisty rather than fussy, resembling the tyre prints of a bad-ass motorbike.


2. Art School Amazon at Naeem Khan
Frida Kahlo was the inspiration cited for the collection at Naeem. But unlike hair which took on a Ms Kahlo braid, make-up artist James Boemer for Nars decided to skip the monobrow and go for a slightly less literal take. 'The collection is so opulent and red carpet that I wanted the make-up to feel a bit more undone and casual,' said Boehmer, who gave the models a raspberry stain on the lips by way of two Nars lip pencils in 'Hyde Park' and 'Yu', which he layered on top of one another before softening the edges with loose powder and dabbing the centre with a touch of balm. The rest of the face was kept dreamy and creamy with imperceptible shadow around the eye offset by a touch of gold cream shadow.


Sea siren at Badgley Mischka
Over at Badgley it was a case of underwater love for make-up guru Tom Pecheux, who emulated the liquidy looks in the collection with an aqua baby blue on the lids, finished off with a bit of gloss on top.

Sporty Spice at Vera Wang
Who says looking fit has to hurt? At Vera Wang the models looked a picture of health thanks to Lucia Pieroni's 'super fresh skin' and sunkissed flush. The key to faking the treadmill? A sweep of Egyptian Magic painted onto the points of the face that the light would naturally hit. Meanwhile over on hair, the humble pony was given a sporty twist by way of a black drugstore headband. Work it!


The rebel at Marc by Marc Jacobs
With a dream team of Guido on hair and Dick Page on make-up it's no wonder the look at Marc By Marc was coolness personified. Hair was a rather grungy affair with a 'heavy, lank' texture to it, while make-up could have been another 'raw, no make-up' look were it not for the wonderfully rebellious pop of blue fashioned into a rough crescent shape.



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