NY state of mind

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NY state of mind

Have you been following the collections at New York Fashion Week? While the clothes there are usually applauded for being among the most wearable of the four biggest international fashion weeks – London, Milan and Paris follow soon – the make-up is often deliciously directional.

Between the monochromatic sculpting accented with orange at Rodarte, unlikely combination of smudgy chocolate cat’s eyes and pale pink lips at Derek Lam and the fuchsia stained pouts from Halston, there’s lots to love. Which means it’s a treasure trove of inspiration for a little DIY experimentation at home. Especially with the weekend nearly here and spring making its presence felt with warmer temperatures right across the country.

So, what do you need to know? Eyeshadow is big news. Lush shades of mulberry, plum and lagoon make it up and over the crease for a diffused cloud of colour around the eye.  Also worth a try, the matte hot pink lips at Proenza Schouler – just layer a vibrant dark pink lippy with a light dusting of translucent powder and voila.

Sunny complexions also figure which is brilliant news for us. Anna Sui showed bronzy contouring with a peachy pop on cheeks and lips for one of the prettiest spring looks anywhere on the globe. But for a more polished approach, you can always make like the Michael Kors woman and team glossy red lips with nearly nude make-up. Just comb your brows up and flick on some black mascara.

BTW, if you’re looking for even more inspiration and live in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth don’t miss the chance to try the latest collection from MAC this weekend. Called Cult of Cherry, it includes some of the yummiest shades around: shiny dark cherries and rich chocolates. Join the fun at Myer Sydney and Melbourne (11 – 13 September) or Perth (12 – 14 September). For more, check out MAC.

In the meantime, start making that wish list of new looks to try. I’ll be starting with matte plum eyeshadow.

What New York Fashion Week look will you take for a spin?  

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