NYFW Backstage Access: Prabal Gurung SS17 Makeup Tutorial

This season, many designers used their collections to create the image of an “ideal” woman, a slightly-better-than-real-life personal vision for the consumer that conveyed ease and attainability. For Prabal Gurung, however, the perfect woman already exists, and she lives within the spirit of the feminist movement, in Gloria Steinem, and, even more specifically, in Gurung’s personal hero: his mother.


NYFW Backstage Look: Behind The Scenes

Heavy kohl-lined fiery eyes in a look created by MAC Pro Artist Diane Keaton that harnessed the independent energy that flowed throughout the collection. With a very minimal foundation base and lightly filled brows, the look was reminiscent of feminist pioneers of the ‘80s.

MAC Makeup artist backstage at the Prabal Gurung SS17 runway show at NYFW.

The texture of the model’s natural hair was kept intact for the most part, left down in loose waves that floated through the air with an elegance that contrasted perfectly with the heaviness of the eye makeup. Each girl looked like a fierce female warrior, ready to take on the world.

Nails led by Keri Blair were painted with a pink pearl polish, wearable enough to not detract from the collection itself, but by being lighter than the traditional nude polish, packed an edgier punch.

He’s never one to shy from a political discussion when it comes to his designs. The new ideal that Prabal Gurung sought to meet with this season’s presentation proved to be a girl whom we all strive to be: a free-spirited, passionate, independent activist who refuses to sacrifice her femininity or her beliefs.

Get the Look: Makeup
Prabal Gurung SS17 NYFW runway makeup tutorial by MAC Cosmetics.

Key Products:

MAC Studio Finish Concealer

MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder

MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in “Black Black”

MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara

MAC Lipstick in “Velvet Teddy”

MAC Lipcreme in “Flame”

MAC Prep + Prime Lip

  1. Apply Studio Finish Concealer where needed to perfect any blemishes or discoloration.
  2. Finish with Prep + Prime Translucent Powder to set.
  3. Line the eyes all the way around and in the waterline with the Chromagraphic Pencil, lifting up at the outer corners to create a small, subtle cat eye.
  4. Curl lashes and apply the Haute & Naughty mascara to the outer edge of the upper lashes to define the eyes.
  5. Very lightly, fill the brows the the Prolongwear Waterproof Brow Set to create a very natural look.
  6. Blend “Velvet Teddy” lipstick and “Flame” Prolongwear Lipcreme into the cheeks to create a very soft, warm glow.
  7. Apply Prep + Prime Lip to nourish and hydrate the lips.

Get the Look: Nails
Prabal Gurung SS17 runway nails tutorial.

Key Products:
1. Apply one even coat of the Liquid Pigment to the nails.
2. Once dry, add an extra stripe of polish down the center of each nail to highlight.
Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website styletomes.com and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.


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