Shara Strand
Shara Strand
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Runway Ready Makeup: How to Recreate the Dennis Basso Look

Dennis Basso: The Trends and Looks You Can Recreate

(Photo: Yannis Vlamos)

One show that impressed me at this year’s NYFW, especially in terms of makeup, was Dennis Basso at The Plaza Hotel. There was a clear and consistent direction, that all the models uniformly “wore” to achieve that WOW factor for the A-List audience.

It starts, as it always does, with the skin. All the skin looked almost completely natural, mostly with lots of glow and a bit of dewiness and moisture.

It starts, as it always does, with the skin

The brows were immaculate. Thicker, more shapely brows, personalized for each of the model’s unique faces were strong and evident. In determining your own brows, layering in a nice natural brown product with a dual brow brush can achieve that natural-looking fullness.

A consistent and common trend will be the berry looking blush, and a flushed deep red/plum for the lip. Blush and Lipstick are the two target products to focus on.

The first photo with the beige dress is a great example. The model looks very natural with the exception of a very bold cheek and lip. The color is definitive — it’s a bold, deep red mixed with some plum.

The blonde model is very similar. While both models are extremely different looking, they are both wearing uniquely similar colors. The blonde model has a little bit more of a brighter lip. It seems to be sort of like a stain which will remain very big this year! It’s really all about the lips. A great lip stain can add a pop to any outfit.

A great lip stain can add a pop to any outfit

The brunette models in the red and the orange have a little bit more of an earthy look, accentuating the decadence of the SS line. It’s a bit more neutral and natural, with a pop of a lip.

For this look, you can start with a match foundation, and use a blender or brush to ease in bronzer and blush in layers, to define the cheekbones and natural curves of the face.

For this look, you can start with a match foundation

Especially with the model wearing orange, everything looks very bronzy and the lip is a little more defined.

One thing that was significant and consistent was a high shine on top of the cheekbone. You can create this with the simple swipe of my favorite brush in my own collection — the fan brush, as a final, shimmery step.

high shine on top of the cheekbone is the trend right now

It definitely was the more artistic choice for skin, and is the trend in face makeup right now, blowing up your social media. I don’t think highlighters are going anywhere soon.


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