Get The Look - Balenciaga & Lanvin
Autumn always seems to call for some variation of dramatic dark eye makeup (be it cat-like or smoky in style), but this new look is particularly powerful. The panda eye requires a bit more effort than your average khol binge. Rather than running a black pencil around your lid a few times and calling it a day, it's all about achieving a coolly graphic shape and then adding texture and shine to the dark makeup. As seen at such important shows like Balenciaga and Lanvin, it's equal parts gritty and glossy, and imparts a certain sort of edgy strength upon the wearer. Unsurprisingly, the panda eye trend is the brainchild of maquillage maestro, Pat McGrath.
In the beauty and fashion industry, McGrath is considered the high priestess of product and is a practically omnipotent force when it comes to setting trends. The benevolent dictatress crafts genius runway and editorial looks, which in turn influence what the rest of the world carries in its makeup bag. As she created the fall face for both Balenciaga and Lanvin, we were wholly thrilled when she agreed to disclose the details about how one gets this dangerously bold beauty look at home. Mascara devotees take note: McGrath skipped this product entirely to keep the focus on the clean shape of the eye, so put away your wands!
McGrath first perfected the models' skin with liquid foundation and concealer. She uses MAX Factor ColorGenius Foundation ($9.49) or Dior DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup ($42), as well as the makeup artist favorite, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($28). Then she dusted a colorless loose powder, Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte ($33), on the skin to give it a matte finish. For the eyes, she blended black cream shadow, specifically Dior Eye Show in Glam & Glitz Black ($30), on the lid and up to the crease, in an extended oval shape (it's so panda-like!). Next, she lined the lower lid with a black eye pencil; try Givenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil in Black ($21.50). Using a wet eyeliner brush, McGrath applied the silver shade in CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Eyeshadow in Drama Eyes ($5.49) to the inner eye corners and added sheen to the upper lid with a smidge of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($16).
Brows were lightly defined with Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil ($24); try CoverGirl Brow & Eye Makers in Soft Brown ($2.69) for a similar look. Then she used NARS Blush in Zen ($25) to contour cheeks and highlighted both cheeks and brows with the nude beige shimmer of NARS The Multiple in Copacabana ($37). Finally, McGrath lightly brushed NARS' Concealer ($21) on the models lips for a nude mouth.
Again, McGrath started by perfecting the skin (see all her favorite products above in Lanvin). Next she lined the entire eye with black pencil, CoverGirl's Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black ($3.99), and smudged it to softer the effect. Then, using a soft shadow brush, she blended black eye shadow, specifically Stila's Matte Eye Shadow in Makalu ($18), over the pencil liner. McGrath then added NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardoz ($21) across the upper lid. She applied a bit of gloss to the center of the lid for a wet shine (again, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $16). The look was finished with Kevyn Aucoin's The Sculpting Powder in Medium ($42) on the cheekbones and a light coat of MAX Factor Erace Concealer ($3.99) on the lips.
1. Dior Dior Eye Show in Glam & Glitz Black ($30)
2. Givenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil in Black ($21.50)
3. NARS The Multiple in Copacabana ($37)
4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($16)
5. CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Eyeshadow in Drama Eyes ($5.49)
6. Stila Matte Eye Shadow in Makalu ($18)
7. MAX Factor Erace Concealer ($3.99)
8. Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Zardoz ($21)
9. Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil ($24)
Photos, courtesy of FirstView.