If there’s one thing I’m sure of (besides the fact that you should never wear makeup without first applying primer), is that I have a dream job. I am covering New York Fashion Week right now for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Style section online. You can see my trend report here. All of the photos except the Rebecca Minkoff shot are my own. As you can imagine, having backstage access to all these shows I’ve managed to capture tons of photos the Chronicle didn’t end up using. Enjoy my backstage photo diary from the past couple days…janna Tags Backstage Beauty, Backstage Makeup, Fashion
I know we are only three days into NYFW SS 2014 but I’m already loving on some of the makeup looks that are being sent down the runways. The good news? Most of the looks are totally wearable off the runway and flatter most skin tones.Here are a few of my favorites:
Creatures of the Wind SS’14 – Lead Makeup Artist: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to find out the hottest makeup trends that rocked the runways and the red carpets these past few weeks. You will also learn how to recreate the most wearable, flattering trends at home.
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!janna Tags Bite Beauty, Celebrities, Celebrity Beauty, Dior, Lancome, Lipstick Queen, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora Collection, Stila, Tarte
I know you’re going to think I’m going soft. You’re expecting my fangs to dig into the various looks I saw strut down the Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week runways. What can I say? It was actually the opposite — a huge love fest. I worshipped almost every look I saw, and the standout beauty trends were beautiful and wearable by everyday Janes like you and me. (I mean I’m not saying you should show up to work in an electric blue smoky eye and oxblood lips, but perhaps wear one trend at a time for a night out). Of course some shows had a case of the uglies -the mullets at Marc Jacobs were a joke and the hair at Jeremy Scott looked like the stylist stole the wigs from Marc Jacobs and threw them in the washing machine and shellacked them with hairspray. But forget about the uglies and let’s start with the beauties…
Eye Makeup Trend: Bright Blues and Purples
You know I’m a whore for a jewel toned eye so you can imagine my elation seeing these beauties gracing the runways. Whether it was the ethereal purple smoky eye at Jason Wu, dramatic navy blues accented with gold glitter at Thakoon, or just baby blue liner on the lower lash line at Badgley Mischka – this stood out as my favorite trend that worked on eyes and skin tones of all colors.janna
Now that all the shows are over and I’ve exhaustively criticized the “No Makeup Look” and other awful trends, it’s time for me to focus on the positive (yes, I’m capable) and choose the most wearable, flattering trends from all the shows. And, with a little help from celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green, help you achieve these looks at home:
Matte Lips: This look made a star appearance at the London shows, rocking the runways of the likes of Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, and then encored at the Milan and Paris shows (Moschino, Prada, Gaultier). A bold matte lip is perfect for dressing up a minimal face (luminous skin and a touch of mascara) and can easily be achieve by following Charlie’s instruction:
Finally the end of the ubiquitous oily mouth! I love a cleverly crafted strong lip and its easy to do with a great lip brush. Always ensure lips are free of lip balm before applying color, as the grease causes slippage. Dust a little translucent powder around lip perimeter to prevent the color from bleeding, then apply one coat of lipstick (like NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick $25 or Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color $24), blot, and apply second coat.
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I thought for certain that after watching London and Milan defy the boring “No Makeup Look” trend that Paris would also rise above and send color and creativity down the runways. Au contraire! Paris got a bad case of the borings with the “No Makeup Look” haunting most of their catwalks, with (luckily) a few beautiful exceptions…
Look for my “favorite trends” post covering the best trends from all the shows next week, featuring “how to’s” from celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green!
All photos via Women’s Wear Daily.
Posted by janna Tags Fashion, Paris Fashion Week SS2013, SS2013
I know I was a bit rough on New York Fashion Week, but come on, the “no makeup look” is getting a bit out of hand. It just seems lazy to me. Luckily, for the most part (yeah Etro, I’m talking to you — you couldn’t use mascara or at least give the girls an eyelash curl? Come on!) London and Milan ignored the boring Americans’ big trend of sending models down the runways with bushy, exaggerated brows and no color on their faces. Of course the Brits and Italians loved themselves some big brows, but we’re not talking the warlock brows that haunted the NY runways.
Look for my coverage of the Paris shows next week and a “favorite trends” post covering the best trends from all the shows. (Spoiler Alert: “No Makeup Look” will NOT be gracing my favorite trends piece)
All photos via Women’s Wear Daily.
Posted by janna Tags Armani Cosmetics, Backstage Beauty, Backstage Makeup, Georgio Armani, Issi London, London, MAC, Max Mara, Milan, Missoni, Moschino, Paul Smith, Spring Summer 2013, Temperley London, Vivienne Westwood
I know, I know. I’m totally late on giving you my full New York Fashion Week lowdown. I had some technical difficulties with the site over the past few days. You’ll get over it. I can tell you that London and Milan are already kicking NY’s ass as far as beauty, but we’ll get to that next week. And yes, I promise it will be next week.
The NY shows’ beauty looks got a little more creative later in the week thanks to standouts like the subtle smoky eye at Carolina Herrera and the fun pop of neon yellow on the eyelids at Milly, but overall most of the shows stuck to the Star-Bellied Sneetches mentality, sending bushy brows and bare faces down the runways just because everyone else did.
The Star-Bellied Sneetches were all about mimicking a bare face with unruly, bushy eyebrows bordering on warlock brows. I contemplated showing you all of the biggest designers’ beauty looks but to be frank, all the photos started looking too much alike. I refuse to put a star on my belly so instead I’ll show you some of my favorite looks from this past week and of course I’ll throw in a couple, “Are they f’ing kidding me?” looks for your catty enjoyment.janna Tags Backstage Beauty, Backstage Makeup, MAC
I wish I could tell you I’ve got some exciting new trends to share with you from New York Fashion Week Spring 2013, but it seems like all you need is concealer, contour powder and an eyebrow brush to pull off most of the looks I’ve seen up to this point in the week. Last season (Fall 2012) we started to see the trend of the “no makeup” look, but this season seemed practically devoid of color and dimension, with a few brilliant exceptions like Monique Lhuillier and Peter Som. It kills me when a makeup artist waxes poetic about his or her inspiration and in the meantime every face is practically makeup-free, hence my nickname for this season — The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Okay, there are just too many looks to cover. I didn’t even get to my favorite look yet, so I guess you’ll simply have to check back for Part 2 of my NY Fashion Week Beauty coverage later this week!
*All photos courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.Posted by janna Tags Backstage Beauty, NY Fashion Week SS2013
From the runways to the subways, I’m seeing nothing but neon.
Neon makeup and hair started lighting up the runways last year, and since then this 80s staple trend quickly blinded the masses with an explosion of day-glo fashion and beauty products. Walking down the streets of NYC, I see everything from young girls with fluorescent hair streaks and matching lipstick to career fashionistas furiously typing away on their smart phones with nails painted in the season’s latest electric colors.
Don’t be intimidated into thinking that if you incorporate a little neon, you’re a couple of leg warmers away from becoming Pat Benatar. Just be careful to tone down your outfit and the rest of your makeup (think neutrals across the board) to avoid anything aggressively offensive. Kidding. (kind of kidding)
If you’re not in the mood to do a full eye of makeup, just add a little pop of color with neon mascara, as seen on the models at Stella McCartney AW 2012 Paris. Makeup Artist Master Pat McGrath used Cover Girl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara coated with a blue pigment gel to achieve the look. At home, apply two coats of your favorite volume-pumping mascara in black, let it dry, and then coat with an electric blue mascara like Tokidoki Punk Lash Mascara in Baby Rocker.
Or, for a more subtle look, you can swipe a brightly-colored liquid liner along your upper lash line like my minxy blonde friend Kat (see below). Kat used Sephora Liquid Liner in Fancy Blue to achieve her look:
Go bold or go home. Maria rocks a different day-glo shade every day. She doesn’t care if it’s 8 AM in Midtown Manhattan on a Monday, she’ll be wearing a fluorescent fuchsia. Try a bold pink like Mirabella Lip Colour in Over the Top, which is highly pigmented color yet doesn’t bleed. Or, add a pop of orange (after all, Tangerine Tango is the Pantone color of the year) try MAC Pro Amplified Creme Lipstick in Neon Orange, or go for a more sheer shade like Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Lip Gloss in Citrus.
If you feel like you’re on the cusp of being too shy to pull off this look, take baby steps and paint your nails a different blinding hue every week (or day, if you happen to have the time and dedication). Every brand seems to have a color story this Spring involving neon. Have fun experimenting with the under $10 brands like China Glaze Poolside Collection ($6.50 per bottle / $17.75 for set of 6) and invest wisely in the premium lines like Dior ($23 per bottle). Make sure you test the level of opacity. It may look bold in the bottle, but sheer once its on your nail. To make a neon pop even more, apply an opaque white like Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On as your base coat and then paint two coats of your neon.janna Tags Bobbi Brown, China Glaze, Christian Dior, Cover Girl, CoverGirl, Dior, MAC Pro, Makeup Artist, Maria, Mirabella, Pat McGrath, Sally Hansen, Sephora, Sephora Collection, Tokidoki Punk Lash Mascara