Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi ignited a geometric explosion at the Fendi spring 2013 show when they sent models down the runway wearing square prints in shades of orange, yellow, blue and off-white. But we consider makeup artist Peter Philips' color-block eye makeup to be "the big bang."
The Inspiration: Rubik's cube and Futurism
The Makeup: If Philips was a contestant on the beauty version of "Project Runway," he would definitely get mentor Tim Gunn's nod of approval for making it work. The makeup pro applied colorful strips of neoprene to the models' lower lids using false eyelash glue and tweezers instead of swiping on the typical black eyeliner.
"Before I actually saw the collection, the main brief was 'color.' But when I arrived at Fendi and saw the clothes, bags, shoes and accessories, I realized that the strength of their colors was mainly enforced because of the textures of fabric, leather and fur. The only way for me to realize the same impact in my makeup was to integrate the actual fabrics into the look," Philips told Stylelist.
He adds, "I didn't want to go too bold. That's why I created an under-eye makeup look that consisted of three colors: a black line (like an actual eyeliner) on the outer side of the eye, a mid-tone (blue, green or mustard) in the middle and a bright shade (peach, coral or white) on the inner corner of the eye. I used neoprene because this fabric doesn't feather out, so the girls wouldn't get little pieces of thread in their eyes. For the rest of the look, I kept the skin, lips and eyebrows fresh and natural. On the nails, we applied a mixture of Chanel Ming (a white nail color coming out soon) and Mimosa (to recreate the peachy-pink color of the show's invitation)."
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Makeup at Fendi spring 2013 show. Photo: Venturelli/Getty Images for Fendi