Like your high-school spirit week or a ’70s costume party, fashion is always more fun with a theme. But since such dress-up opportunities don’t come around all that often, it’s exciting to see a blast-from-the-past trend that’s now often seen as costume-y get some play in the real world — which is exactly what happened at New York Fashion Week this season.
On the heels of last year’s Euphoria makeup moment, which showed up on runways in the form of rhinestones and sparkly eyeshadow, this past week saw another beauty theme baked into numerous designer presentations: a hard nod to punk rock, some loosely referencing Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (which, by no coincidence, is currently topping the box-office charts).
From heart-stamped face paint at Christian Siriano to the revival of chipped nail polish at Khaite, scroll through to get inspired by the high-fashion beauty trend that feels as fresh and timely now as it did at CBGB in 1975.
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Erin Parsons, the lead makeup artist for Christian Siriano, looked to Harley Quinn as the jumping-off point for the designer’s Fall/Winter 2020 show. “Inspired by shiny flecks in the fashion collection and the Birds of Prey star, I recreated the comic-book character’s signature dark eyeliner and the heart tattoo on her cheek,” Parsons says. “I added an orchid-pink lip for a finished look that was equal parts sexy and strong.”
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Hairstylist Laurent Philippon calls the slick hairstyle he executed at Christian Cowan’s runway show “rock n’ roll.” The hair pro used Bumble and Bumble styling products to create an inverted French twist, roughed up to give it a mullet vibe. “I used Sumogel to pull strands out around the face, then spritzed Sumo Liquid Wax+ Finishing Spray for buildable separation, light hold, and natural sheen,” Philippon says.
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The dark purple-black lip color stood out among the romantic floral displays at this season’s Rodarte show. Makeup artist James Kaliardos partnered with Nars to create the final look, which featured a deep plum lip lined with the brand’s Precision Lip Liner — in the blue-black shade