Photos: Getty Images (runway); Courtesy of @fashionista514
Could it be that the reign of no-makeup makeup is coming to an end? We don't want to jinx it, but judging by the spring 2017 runways, most signs point to 'yes.' Backstage, the pros got creative with gloss, went wild on the lips, and even added a heavy dose of sparkle to the skin.
We were into all of it, but one trend in particular—the return of the ‘80s—really got our attention. Retro reigned everywhere from Marc Jacobs in New York to Moschino in Milan to Louis Vuitton (at left) in Paris, and while for many, it might have been a decade of beauty regrets, we like to think of this as the time when women really leaned in to their looks. Subtlety had no place in the '80s—it was a "go big or go home" situation, and we're hereby endorsing a revival.
That’s why we enlisted Montreal-based beauty blogger Robyn Chalmers of Fashionista514 (@fashionista514) to create a similar interpretation of the era, but one that’s still modern and completely wearable. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial, including all the expert tricks you'll need to re-create the throwbacks you'll want to wear well into the future.
“Eighties makeup made a huge splash on the catwalk, and with so many vivid beauty releases for spring, it's never been easier to recreate a modernized, everyday take. While electric blues are a staple flashback standard, bright lips and flushed out cheeks are often overlooked. With the new L'Oreal Paris Infallible Paints range, a lacquered bright pout and a sheer wash of bold blush buffed up to the temple make the perfect pairing.
For this two-toned lip I used the L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paint in 318 Fearless Fuschia to line the outer edges of my lips and fill in the outer corners. In the center I went in with 322 Orange Envy, then pressed my lips together for a blurred out ombré effect.
Painting my cheeks was a breeze with the L'Oreal Infallible Paints 230 Pro Artist Blush Palette—there are such amazing hues in this quad and you can custom blend the vivid shades for something unique. For this look I mixed the two middle tones (a bright Schiaparelli-inspired pink and a fire coral-orange), using a smaller blush brush blending from my cheekbones upwards. Don't be afraid to buff into the hairline—it will provide the most seamless application! This blush formula is gorgeously pigmented but goes on with the perfect sheer sweep, so layer it on as you go, creating more depth towards the peak of the cheekbones and temples.
And just like that you have a very edgy updated ‘80s look that won't make you feel (or look) like you're stuck on the wrong end of a time machine. Not that that wouldn't be equally amazing...”