Backstage Beauty SS16: Eyeshadow Mooning

Having fully recovered from the madness that was fashion month, we’ve had time to sit back and analyse some of our findings. And you can forget about the clothes – we’re far more interested in the beauty side of things…

One trend we spotted emerging backstage was a little makeup trick called eyeshadow mooning. Make-up artists applied eyeshadow above the crease of the eye and under the lower lashes to create a moon shape. Edges are then blended to give a hazy, moonlit effect; with eyes left as centre of attention. You can experiment with different colours and finishes to give your peepers a real ‘pop’.

Backstage beauty at Diane Von Furstenburg SS16


And as expected, when there’s a trend on the runway, the makeup artists don’t do it by halves. Spotted at Roksanda in London and Diane Von Furstenburg in New York, the girls sported turquoise eyes and little else. We’re feeling Hawaiian vibes (not complaining).

Moonlit aquamarine eyes


Avoid making the look dated by sticking to one colour and leaving the lipstick at home. And there’s no need to take it up to the brow bone – think crescent moon rather than full moon. I’ve used a combination of MAC’s Colourdrenched Pigment in Tonight’s The Night (part of their Christmas collection – out soon!) and Pixi’s Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Aquamarine Dream, £15. The secret to this look is blending, blending, blending – you simply can’t do enough. I’ve mimicked the aquamarine from the catwalk, but this look would look just beautiful in pretty much any colour – a warm bronze is next on my agenda.

Annie Quinton