Blame Miley: Raver-Girl Beauty Is All The Rage

Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline.
This just in from backstage at Fashion Week: It's not all about moisturizer! That's right: As the month has progressed, we've seen a lot of very inspired — and even downright bizarre — things walking down the runways. And, while most of them are still distinctly wearable (see: the leather-adorned "crocodile tails" at Fendi, the "faux bowls" at Burberry), there were a few shows that were more concerned with being utterly fabulous than being fashionable and chic.
Enter, the Rave Girl: that disruptive, neon light-obsessed, bass-hungry fiend who wants to do nothing but put on an outrageous outfit, cover herself in paint, and dance. Rave is gearing up to be the month's most compelling micro-trend — a knee-jerk reaction to the pretty, perfect looks we're used to seeing. Click through for our favorite moments from backstage, including mohawks, paint splatter, and the wildest wigs ever.
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Photo: Courtesy of Luca Cannonieri/MAC Cosmetics.
Beauty, Don't Kill My Vibe
Makeup genius Terry Barber wanted the girl at Marques'Almeida to look like she'd just come from an epic concert, only to suddenly fall ill from all the fun. (We can't make this stuff up, you guys.) "She's slightly sunburned and succumbing to hay fever," he explains. "But, the washes of cool colors give her the illusion of returning from a music festival." He painted custom-blended eyeshadows in mint green and coral on each model for a psychedelic influence. "To make it cool, and not contrived, blend the color in a soft halo, then dust it under the eye," he says.
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"The references for Vivienne Westwood included Adam Ant, Leigh Bowery, Mary Bell, Otto Dix, Horses, and Marilyn Monroe," says Val Garland. If that doesn't sound like a trip, then we don't know what does. The artist gave her team free rein to interpret the collection, as long as they focused on certain ideas — among them, facial graffiti and paint, as you see here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Toni+Guy.
Club Kids
Sophia Webster's entire collection was inspired by rave-wear: fruit-shaped backpacks, speech-bubble bags, caged booties, neon. So, Mark Hampton decided to call in some serious wigs to accompany the bizarre makeup, creating what he called "cyber-punk characters." "There's a real nod to '90s rave culture, with the twisted, knotted hair piled into bows and bunches — all wrapped in Sophia's signature prints," he says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Luca Cannonieri/MAC Cosmetics.
Mean Girls
Florrie White's influence at Meadham Kirchhoff was actually "dirty punk," but there was something about it that echoed "rave" to us. Perhaps, it was the magenta streaks atop the brows, which offset the burgundy-lined eyes in an almost kaleidoscopic fashion? "Interrupt the liner near the pupils to make the eyes stand out even more," White advises. It creates a birdlike effect, which is excellent inspiration for your next dance party. Take flight!
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Photo: Courtesy of Redken.
Twisted Sister
Hairstylist Guido Palau called this knotted updo a "mod mohawk," saying it had a "slightly rave effect" when interpreted for modern-day. (It's also probably a good idea to have your hair way, way up when participating in nefarious activities in a crowd.) Women with natural hair already know this style while — they're called Bantu knots and they originated in Africa, and are a common style for those with textured strands.
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Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline.
Day Glo
"It's sporty, fresh, and young," says Yadim of the neon acrylic paint adorning the corners of the models' eyes at Peter Som. "But, it's also slightly rave." Consider this your daytime dance look, and save the glitter for later.
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