Looking Like Fall: A Recreation of Derek Lam Fall 2012 Runway Look.

Now that autumn is in finally in full swing, Xiao of Messy Wands and I thought it might be fun to try a look from the Fall 2012 campaigns and runway shows.

Derek Lam’s runway look was a breath of fresh air; it was a standout in a sea of bare eyes and red lip combos. Twiggyesque drawn-on lashes transformed the models into what Tom Pecheux called “twisted dolls.” The makeup and hair were meant to look a little grungy. My eyeshadow collection is sadly lacking a reddish burgundy colour that the models wore for this look, so my look leans more mauve and purply instead.

Derek Lam F2012 RTW Runway Look / source: Style.com

Glitter Geek’s Recreation of the Derek Lam Fall 2012 Runway Look

Get the Look

For the eyes, fill in the brows lightly with a matte taupe (MAC Coquette) eyeshadow. Start with a wash of matte beige (Mary Kay Golden Vanilla) all over the lid up to the brow bone. Then go in with a matte rosy brown eyeshadow (Yaby Rose Wood) all over the lid and along the lower lash line. Deepen the outer 1/3 of the lid with a shimmery burgundy (Mary Kay Truffle). Blend up into the crease. Deepen the outer corner further with a matte black eyeshadow (Yaby Abyss), and sketch a rounded shape on the outer corner and blend into the crease well. With a pointed liner brush, create fake doll lashes on the lower lid with a deep grey (Yaby Almost Black). Apply lots of mascara (L’Oreal Voluminous False Fibre Lashes) to top and bottom lashes.

For the cheeks, mix a bronzer (Guerlain Terracotta Light in 03 Brunettes) and a pink blush (shu uemura Glow On in Framboisier) and apply below the apples of the cheeks for a youthful blushed look.

For the lips, mix a doll like pink with sheer pink (MAC Lovelorn) and a nude beige (MAC Mattene in Delectable).

Other mentionables: I am wearing Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation in 5.5, which is sadly too light for me. It is such a dreamy foundation though, so I am making it work here with a dusting of the Guerlain bronzer all over the face. I also contoured the cheeks and nose with MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit in #2.

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The look is surprisingly wearable in photos, but if you prefer to wear the look without the cray, this makeup is really pretty and a little bridal, even. 🙂 Make sure you check out Xiao’s interpretation of the Giorgio Armani Fall 2012 campaign, too!

  • Looove thos under eye lashes! They look perfectly drawn on :). Also really loving the darker shae in your outer eye lid corners, it looks a bit bridal idd! :).

    • Thanks so much Teri! 🙂 Aren’t the lashes fabulous? I love them, too!

  • Love the fake lashes!!! They make your eyes so round and doll-y!

  • When I was in Uni, I used to draw on ‘fake lashes’ underneath my eyes too, and LOVED it so much. I’m glad you reminded me how fun it is, Arianne! Next time when I go out I’m revisiting that for sure 🙂

    • Hey Toya! Really? That’s so awesome. I’ve never attempted it but it’s such an awesome eye-opening trick!

  • Stunning! RT @TheGlitterGeek: My Fall Runway-Inspired Look of the Day: Derek Lam. http://t.co/giEvKeo1

  • Aww! Am I allowed to say that this looks SO cute on you, Arianne? I just want to pinch your (perfectly sculpted) cheeks! 😀

    • I don’t think you can say “SO cute” to anyone older than you, young lady! 😉 Thanks Rae.

  • Geekz you look so SHARP!! Love the lashes! Can I draw them on and not look cray?

    (Also, I secretly wanted to call mine drug addict makeup, but i secretly also didn’t approve, so it was vetoed, in secret.)

    • YES. 🙂 I think mine also looks like drug addict makeup also. Hahaha!

  • I swear only @TheGlitterGeek can pull off drawn on bottom lashes –> http://t.co/4XOjivXD

  • Such a cute look! I like your recreation of it. And if you cut your hair to that short shoulder-length layer of these photos, it would look way cute! Not that I’m partial to short hair or anything… 🙂

    • LOL thanks Alison! I do like this length. It’ll have to be an after-wedding thing.

  • Love it!! Rt @TheGlitterGeek: Have you seen this? Drawn on lashes for my Derek Lam fall runway-inspired look http://t.co/keEz2g9Y

  • This look is gorgeous on you! I don’t think it’d work great on me personally – I feel like too much color on my lower lash line can kind of make me look like a zombie. Maybe I’ll try it with a lighter brown.

    • Lighter brown would definitely work, Catherine. 🙂 Try it out! It makes you look like you have a lot of lower lashes.

  • Love this! (And love your sweater, too!)

    • Thanks Soha. 🙂 Funny you like my granny sweater haha.

  • Shemxxxxy yet cute! Love it!

    • No you are! 😀 Thanks Tracy.

  • Whoa! Very smoky and pretty and surprisingly wearable! I didn’t realize drawn-on lower lashes could look anything but comical, but clearly I was wrong :$

    • I think it’s so cool Angela. 🙂 Try it sometime?

  • Twiqqyesque makeup can go horribly wrong with unsteady hands but yours was nicely done. *pat on the back* I adore adore adore your side way part with pink bobby 🙂

    • Thanks so much Sue Lin. 🙂

  • Love these runway inspired looks. You’ve done it to perfection.

  • You replicated the lower lash line really well!! Wow!