Beauty

Trend on trial: Is Gareth Pugh's brooding make-up just for Halloween?

Posted by
Stylist Beauty Team
Published
Trend on trial

It’s safe to say Stylist’s beauty team were skeptical to try Gareth Pugh’s disheveled make-up. How did they fare once they had it on?

This is the kind of make-up you may unintentionally be wearing after a particularly heavy Saturday night, but would anyone actually leave the house in it? It’s hard to imagine people sitting in front of the mirror purposefully using dabbing mud splatters on their face. Maybe the black lip and smudgy black liner has mileage though - after all, if RiRi backs it, it’s going to be a thing.

Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s beauty writer

Trend on trial

Let’s face it, this make-up isn’t quite as impressive as my colleagues’ looks but it is easy to do. To recreate the catwalk look, I sat on a chair while Lucy and Ava feverishly scribbled black liquid lipstick onto the tips of make-up brushes before dabbing them all around my face. I was told I looked like a chimney sweep but if it saves me putting effort into a costume, I think I can work with that.

Lucy Partington, Stylist’s beauty editor

OK, so I definitely look like a long-lost member of The Addams Family here, and, to be honest, I’m more than alright with that. There was something quite liberating about scribbling brown liner all around my eyes, and applying matte lipstick so haphazardly on and over my lips that I can’t help but love it. I also secretly enjoyed putting on way too much bronzer in order to give myself some killer cheekbones. I mean, obviously, it’s not suitable for any time of year except 31 October, but at least I’ve found this year’s look if nothing else.

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer

Trend on trial

If you squint, I look vaguely normal(ish). I know that’s not the point, but once I’m back in focus, it just looks like I’ve taken the bushy eyebrow trend too far, rather than attempted Halloween make-up. I’ll admit I had fun destroying my carefully pencilled and gelled arches by dragging a smudgy black pencil up and out, but the joy ends there. And as for the rest of the face, I wouldn’t usually go for so much black eyeliner, but I’m loving the inky lips.

Verdict

The models at Gareth Pugh rocked these Grace Jones inspired looks with ease – but they had outlandish shoulder pads and sky-high platforms to round it all off. We’re loving the deviation from the beauty norm and this couldn’t come at a better time of year, especially as our ability to pour effort into a costume declines year after year. It’s a yes from us. Happy Halloween, everyone.

The power tools

Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Black Velvet

Trend on trial

Lancôme x Proenza Schouler Double Ended Lip Kajal in 10 Pure Brown

Trend on trial

Zoeva Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette

Trend on trial

Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Palette

Trend on trial

Topics

Share this article

Author

Stylist Beauty Team

Recommended by Stylist Beauty Team

  • Beauty

    Trend on trial: Is Chanel's abstract topknot too fiddly for everyday?

    Or will it be our new autumn go-to?

    Posted by
    Stylist Beauty Team
    Published
  • Beauty

    Trend on trial: how to recreate Jason Wu’s black & yellow floating eyeliner

    The Stylist beauty team trial the waspy liner trend

    Posted by
    Stylist Beauty Team
    Published
  • Trend On Trial

    Trend On Trial: blue eyeshadow

    Blue shadow shakes off its dated Eighties stigma

    Published
  • Beauty

    10 amazing Halloween Youtube make-up tutorials

    Watch ghoulish how-tos for Halloween

    Published
  • Life

    Pop culture inspired Halloween costumes to impress at a party

    Onesie, be gone

    Posted by
    Abi Jackson
    Published

Other people read

More from Beauty

More from Stylist Beauty Team