Tom Ford's Neutral, Glowy Fall 2016 Beauty Look


Hi everyone, and welcome to New York Fashion Week—seven straight days in which Team ITG hits the runway shows; snapping photos, interviewing models, and cajoling PR people into letting us stay for five more minutes, please, so that we can talk to Pat? For most of New York, Fashion Week really starts today. But in truth, it had a soft kickoff yesterday—a few hours late, actually, according to those who went to Yeezy Season 4. But that's OK, because at night, we were treated to one heck of a Tom Ford show for his first buy now, wear now ready-to-wear AND beauty. Carolyn Murphy, Liya Kebede, and Toms Ford and Newton were all in attendance. Our Tom will tell you the rest:

Show me a photo from a Gucci or Yves Saint Laurent collection under Tom Ford and I can try to guesstimate the season going just off of the beauty look. For Tom, there's always a distinctive 'look,' especially now that he has his own beauty line and sponsors his own show. And from watching A Single Man, and hearing him speak about his creative process anywhere, makeup is something he understands and loves. A lot of runway beauty is unpredictable—Marc Jacobs does disco luxe one season, pilgrim goth the next—but Tom Ford riffs on the same themes every season. Sexy, mature, glamorous.

This season, there were no gigantic statements. The looks were simple and do-able, which is something a lot of fashion show beauty isn't. This is a look which you have no excuse not to try. Pat McGrath led makeup, which was really centered around a softly blended taupe-y grey eyeshadow duo (available today!) and some slightly nude lips veering on pink. The skin was finished off with primer (instead of started with), also from Tom Ford, over top the makeup like a highlighter. This won't give you the baked 'C' halo or a Cupid's Bow inner glow, but it made everyone look a little fresher. Sam McKnight led hair, which was either slicked back totally with a high-shine gel or styled to feature the model's natural texture.

Oh yeah, also, CAROLYN MURPHY WAS THERE! And Amber, and Gigi, and many others, too. Tom loves and appreciates the Supers. This Tom does too, although, and please don't kill me, my time slot was done before I grabbed any of those women to photograph. Thankfully we've shot most of their Top Shelves, though. (Here, here, and here.) Happy reading!

—Tom Newton

Photographed by the author.

More to come from New York Fashion Week. In the meantime, catch up on last season here.