“The inspiration for the makeup was rooted in the collection’s exploration of power,” she tells Vogue. Set against designer Pierpaolo Piccioli’s neo-goth black and white collection, the eye statements were composed of “graphic lines and techniques designed to accentuate each model’s unique eye shape,” she explains. The effect was a dark—even moody—addition to the new wave of goth-y, deconstructed makeup seen this month.
In the spirit of balance, McGrath kept skin fresh to showcase both the bold eye statements and the collection’s lip cuff and nose-jewelry accessories. “Pierpaolo and I were drawn to the idea of celebrating individuality,” McGrath says. “We wanted to create a look that was simultaneously different for each model, yet cohesive as a whole.” Once again, they delivered aspirational beauty to disrupt norms, celebrate identity, and create “an extravagant and immersive experience,” according to McGrath.
Plus with this season’s standout makeup moments encouraging a DIY attitude, from Victoria Beckham’s flipped pastel cat eyes to Gucci’s worn-in red lips, Valentino’s grab-what-you-have approach to inky liner experimentation is sure to resonate.
This article was originally published on Vogue.com