Zac Posen Goes for Glamour Without Trying Too Hard

Zac Posen Makeup - Getty - H 2016
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Zac Posen Makeup - Getty - H 2016

"It's a very easy, accessible face," said makeup artist Diane Kendal of the natural-looking makeup for Monday's runway show.

"You can’t go wrong with this palette," said MAC celebrity makeup artist Diane Kendal backstage prior to the debut of Zac Posen’s spring 2017 collection Monday evening. "It’s very neutral, and that’s by design."

The dress-centric collection Posen sent down the runway was full of rich, ladylike details, including textural brocades in rosy-pink hues, a plethora of draped, folded and sculptural touches. But styling the clothes with flat sandals kept them down-to-earth.

FRESH FACE: A model on the Zac Posen spring 2017 runway. (Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

The beauty look followed. "There’s a lot of color in the clothes, and also prints, so Zac didn’t want do do anything that felt too heavy or made too much of a statement," Kendal explained. "So I created a look that offered a bit of sculpting and contouring, then filled in and brushed up the brows a bit. But ultimately it felt really fresh and simply beautiful."

She used MAC’s Semi Sweet Times Nine eye palette with Dame powder blush and a rosy or nude lip pencil, depending on each model’s skin tone. "It’s a very easy, accessible face," said Kendal, who also designed the beauty looks earlier in the week for Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung, as well as Carolina Herrera and Proenza Schouler

FRESH FACE: A model backstage at the Zac Posen spring 2017 show. (Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Relaxed waves by MoroccanOil completed the look, she said. "The whole idea is rooted in delicate touches to bring the face alive," Kendal noted. "Zac dresses so many celebrities, but in this collection he wanted to show the more real side of his clothes. With that in mind, the beauty was centered on looking glamorous without looking too made up."