NYFW: Backstage Beauty at Michael Costello SS17 with Ingot & Essie

NYFW: Backstage Beauty at Michael Costello SS17 with Ingot & Essie

The backstage beauty for Michael Costello SS17 was decidedly romantic, with rich burgundies and bordeauxs accenting the face and fingertips.



The makeup look, keyed by Edward Cruz for INGLOT, was bold and striking and a refreshing move away from the ubiquitous instatrends and instamakeup monopolizing social media feeds.

“We can wipe off the brows, wipe off the contour, wipe off the highlights, Michael didn’t want anything that reads as red carpet. The lip is the closest thing to red carpet you’ll see in the show. This is something that Michael has never done before. It’s completely the other end of beauty for Michael when it comes to makeup. This season he wanted to go editorial, artistic, beautiful – and you’ll see that also on the embroidery and the hair pieces.”

Cruz noted he is not personally against current beauty trends though when asked more directly about instamakeup. He explained, “I love seeing a good, clean instamakeup — it’s funny that we’re calling it that now — but to see a fresh look like this on the face is something special.”


To get the look, Cruz blended up to seven (7!!) gorgeous warm Inglot eyeshadows to rim the eyes, adding a glossy and gilded metallic touch to the center of the upper lid. He pulled from the Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Matte collection (#296 and #299) along with the new What A Spice! collection plus AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow (#81 and #24).

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Lips were coated in Inglot Lipstick Matte #438 and AMC Lip Paint #58 to create an opaque, berry ombre lip.

Although the makeup is powerful, it’s an application the everyday woman (read: non-professional-makeup-artist) could absolutely recreate.

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Nails, keyed by Rita Remark for Essie, were a stunning ombre that layered Good as Gold as the base coat and Sole Mate on the tips.

Remark noted that the first coat of Good as Gold must be super dry before using a porous makeup sponge to quickly and easily stamp on the ombre effect.

The nail look was gorgeous, tying into the total beauty look and of course perfectly complementing the collection itself. Like the makeup, nails also would be refreshingly simple to DIY.

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Men, or more specifically Tyson Beckford (oh hello!!), and children also got in on the fun.

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And here’s where it all comes together…


Hope everyone’s having a great start to fashion week. See you at the shows!


Lauren Cosenza - Beauty Expert and Makeup Artist

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