This go 'round of New York Fashion Week is somewhat of a curveball in terms of beauty. And if you turn to the runway for inspiration like I do, then you might be unsure of what to shop for at Sephora once it's all said and done. At shows like Brock Collection, the classic smokey eye reigned... but at Chromat and Collina Strada, artists pulled out the brightest colors in their palettes. It's nice to know that there's one consistent beauty trend that won't be going away this season or next, or possibly ever: deep wine lipstick. The hue was spotted at Jonathan Simkhai and Priscavera's respective Fall/Winter 2019 shows on Feb. 9, and it's almost more gratifying than pouring a glass of Screaming Eagle Cabernet to go along with a perfectly cooked steak. (Almost.)
At Simkhai, the designer paid tribute to the women in his family. "His mother’s grandmother was born in Ukraine and in her time, women wore scarves on their heads," WWD wrote about the presentation. "And these beautiful scarves, with rich, intricate patterns, served as the starting point for his lineup." Perhaps that's what drew Grace Lee, Maybelline lead artist, to give the models such an powerful yet feminine look. "This is probably the most [of a] look he's ever done," Lee tells The Zoe Report backstage. "We wanted the skin to look as natural as possible, did a very minimal brow, and used no mascara to keep it very, very clean on the eye." Every other aspect on the face made space for those perfect, deep red lips to get all of the love.
Lee used the Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick in Red For Me, because it "looks good on every skin tone," she says. (I can attest, too — it's one of my favorites.) Then, she layered it with the Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Divine Wine. "It's not such a blue-red," she notes. "When you mix the two, it gives more depth." For a final touch, she applied a loosered pigment from the art store, gently rolling it on top of the lips with a brush. "You get a way more velvety, dimensional lip," she says. "It just feels rich." Fun fact: Red For Me was the same lipstick used on 37 models of all nationalities at Cushnie Spring/Summer 2019.
Over at Priscavera, the theme was heaven and hell... and the models on the dark side wore an equally dark lip to stay on theme. Artists used very minimal complexion products (and no highlighter), and focused on prepping the skin with various products by Mario Badescu. As for the dark lipstick, Pat McGrath's Mattetrance Lipstick in McMenamy, a deep burgundy, was the shade that worked for a variety of skin tones. The lipstick is so rich and pigmented that the pros didn't need to use a liner or mix with other shades — a couple of generous layers did the trick.
Ready to get lipstick wasted? Shop the exact products used on the runway, ahead.