Why You'll Be Leaving Your Lashes Bare Next Fall

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, there's one beauty trend for next fall that we've found particularly surprising: a lack of mascara. Some beauty looks have become synonymous with the season: a bold lip, a strong brow, but bare lashes? That just might be the craziest thing we've ever heard. The idea floated from show to show, including Altuzarra, Thakoon, Theyskens' Theory, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and DKNY--all of which presented very different collections. In fact, their only commonality might be the missing mascara on their models' faces. "I just think the face looks more modern without mascara," said makeup artist Diane Kendal, leading the Nars team backstage at Thakoon. "If you're wearing liner, it defines the eye anyway, and if it's close enough to the lash line it does actually coat them a bit." At DKNY, Maybelline's lead makeup artist Charlotte Willer used one coat of clear mascara to separate the lashes, but said black--or any other colour--can overpower the look. "The face looks more pure this way, less doll-like. You notice other things." Most makeup artists eschewed mascara in favour of highlighting something else: at 3.1 Phillip Lim it was the chocolate brown lip, at Altuzarra the spooky red eye shadow, at Theyskens' the luminous skin. At the latter, M.A.C.'s lead makeup artist James Kaliardos encouraged abandoning your own mascara for a day. "A lot of girls get stuck on the idea that you can't leave the house without mascara, but you don't always need it." Unlike Kendal, he does think it's important to pair mascara with eyeliner so that your lashes don't disappear, but wishes more women would go without for a day. "Test it out! Sometimes it really does look better."