Sometimes there are trends that emerge with such collective force, the act of watching them happen means you can’t help but absorb them by osmosis.
As such, we will leave New York after AW19 fashion week with our minds and our make-up bag firmly in the smoke zone.
We’ve been hanging out backstage with make-up artists from Pat McGrath at Longchamp, to Tom Pecheux at Brandon Maxwell, and seen them taking it back to black, referencing ‘classic beauty with a sexy twist’.
It’s been pretty monochromatic thus far. Jeremy Scott in fact went next level, with Eugene Souleiman for Wella creating black and white layered wigs to super-boost the desaturation movement. We're calling it Monochromanic.
So you’ve got it right? Sexy smoke is back, and it’s the best news for your make-up game. Why? Because it’s easy, it goes with everything, and it suits everyone.
Here are your options:
The Pat McGrath at Longchamp
There were three looks, on a sort of sliding scale, but they all centred around soft black.
- A naked plus lashes look.
- A soft banana socket (that’s a strip of pigment along the socket line), but diffused out – plus lashes.
- A sexy classic smoke with kohl all around the lash line and - you guessed it – with lashes.
The Tom Pecheux at Brandon Maxwell
Inspired by the Brandon girl, the look was ‘Flirty but classic. Eyes that wouldn’t lie’. Loosely translated into make-up terms, we think that means wide eyed innocence. With lashes! Falsies on the top, and tiny flicks of fine liquid liner underneath, Twiggy-esque. All black.
Oh, also, lipstick as blusher which creates a plump dewy finish that we will be doing from now on.
The Diane Kendal at Tom Ford
It wouldn’t be Tom Ford without a sexy element. We’ve come to rely on the first show of NYFW to bring us the classic sultry date-make-up of our dreams and this season didn’t disappoint. This is your ‘seductively smoky’, with layers of bronze and brown contrasting a black waterline.