Contouring, you’ve met your match. “Draping,” the latest face-flattering trend to hit New York Fashion Week, melds eye shadow and blush to create an otherworldly glow — and a gorgeous counterpoint to the sharply delineated cheekbones that have dominated runways and red carpets for several seasons.
At Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie show, faces shimmered with pinks, green and purples topped with highlighter for a look inspired by stained glass. And for boho-glam designer Anna Sui, artist Pat McGrath conceived a “fantasy” look with gradients of not-so-mellow yellows and magenta.
Taking the draping trend from runway to reality is surprisingly easy if you copy the “vibrant, sunset-y punch” created by makeup artist Rommy Najor for MAC at the Priscavera show.
After tracing models’ eyes with coffee-brown liner, Najor used a medium-size brush to buff the area around the corners of the eyes and the top of the cheekbones with lipsticks — yes, lipsticks — from MAC’s upcoming Powder Kiss line (out in October). Shades of red and beige varied depending on models’ skin tones.
“I chose these lipsticks because they’re superlightweight, with a velvety, powdery feel that’s still creamy and movable,” Najor tells The Post. (In a pinch, blush would work as well, he notes.) Then, he topped lids with two terra-cotta shadows: “Uninterrupted” and “Texture,” $17 each. Such earthy colors are universally flattering, he says, and make eyes stand out “because there’s this spot of color there.” He finished by dabbing mascara just into the roots of the lashes rather than coating them, “to add depth and dimension.”
Basically, the less you try, the better it looks. “It’s not so polished and precise; it’s lived-in,” says Najor. “It doesn’t have to be so perfect.”