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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Revealing All My Secrets from Being Backstage at Fashion Week…

Backstage at NYFW - Photo by Janna Mandell

Photo by Janna Mandell

Oh, my loves… I hope you don’t think I abandoned you! I needed a little time to recuperate after a very exhausting fashion week.  I’ve also been a busy little bee, writing a follow-up piece for this coming week’s San Francisco Chronicle Style section (so if you’re in the Bay Area pick up a paper on Sunday!) and a fun piece on Huffington Post 5 Things I Learned from Being Backstage at Fashion Week.

You should definitely check out my Huff Po piece for a little dose of fun and honesty  (and the rest of my NYFW photo diary). But, I thought I would add a couple bonus backstage secrets for my beautiful Beauty Bingers:


1) Kell on Earth? Not so much.  The reality show, starring Kelly Cutrone (above), the founder of the public relations, branding and marketing firm People’s Revolution, may have only aired for one season on Bravo back in 2010 but I can assure you I’ve watched all eight episodes multiple times. As a devoted fan, you can imagine I was a bit intimidated when requesting show invites from People’s Revolution since, well, the name of the show should say it all. Sure enough, at 11:30 the night before Day 1 of fashion week I got an email from a People’s Revolution intern, cc’ing Ms. Cutrone, asking which media outlet I would be covering the shows for. Totally valid since I’m a freelance writer. When I told them I would be covering beauty for the San Francisco Chronicle’s style blog I didn’t hear back. I frantically kept refreshing my inbox, terrified that I would get to my first show of fashion week, Nicholas K, and find that my invite had been rescinded.

The next morning I timidly walked up to the check in desk to get my seat assignment. Of course I wasn’t expecting an actual seat rather I expected to be standing behind the seats in gen pop. You can imagine my surprise and elation when I found out that not only would I be attending the show but I even had a front row seat! Throughout fashion week, People’s Revolution was amazing to me – giving me seats at all their shows, obliging plus one’s, party invites etc.  And, of course I loved seeing Ms. Cutrone in her element – working the crowd, kicking seat poachers back to gen pop and directing the show from the production box.

2) This isn’t so much a backstage secret more a fashion week revelation… I can’t handle heat. NYC was boiling hot and humid as it was, then you get under the lights at the shows and backstage and it feels like the temperature goes up about 50 more degrees. No bueno. In fact, sweat-related drama…

On the first morning, after emerging from the criminally hot subway station I tried blotting away my practically dripping face with blotting sheets. What a joke. My face was way past shine and trying to fix the problems with blotting sheets was like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound.

Once I got inside I was still shvitzing because of my Kelly Cutrone-related anxiety. I fervently dabbed my face with a tissue as I waited for to check in. Once I found out my seat, I practically skipped inside to the Nicholas K show waving my first row seat assignment.  I entered the dimly lit room, trying not to gape at the celebrities and fashion editors.  I hurried to my seat and first pulled the biggest fashion week rookie move ever — I looked at the black tote bag on the empty seat and asked the guy sitting next to it if the seat was open. He looked at me, looked at the bag and looked back at me like I had to be joking. “Sweetie, that’s your gift bag.” Whoops. I moved my gift bag and happily settle into my seat, drinking in my glamorous surroundings.

Then, I felt a gentle tap on my arm from the nice fashion blogger next to me. “Sweetie, you should know you have what looks like tissue stuck all over your face.” Wow. It took me a few seconds to register the ramifications of what he just told me. I had checked into a show, roamed the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week main lobby and sat down at a hot fashion show with tissue stuck all over my face. I didn’t have a choice but to ask the fashion blogger to help me pick the pieces of tissue off my face.  Luckily we got all the offending pieces off before the first model hit the runway.

Of course once the first model hit the runway, huge hot spotlights illuminated the front row. I basically sat there melting like a Dali painting.

Okay one more quick sweat-related drama… The next day I felt I had learned my lesson and judiciously applied Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine  to my t-zone. Now, I’m not a powder girl but I am prone to shine and this powder has totally worked in the past to keep me shine-free without looking powdery or cakey.  I had cursed myself for not thinking of it the first day! Needless to say, to make a long story short, I walked a few blocks in ungodly heat to get to the Kate Spade show. I checked in backstage and was totally swept away by the flawless models and the whole scene.

After I had gotten my interviews and photos I jumped into a cab, jubilant and ready for my next show. I grabbed my compact and found that I had three-dimensional droplets of sweat all over my face. They were just sitting there like boils. It was horrifying. I later divulged my mishap to good friend and makeup artist Maria Luxen and she said matter-of-factly, “the powder probably has silicone.”

Ahhh…  she was right. Lesson learned. Had I simply blotted my face (not with a tissue!), the powder would have kept my skin matte while paper towels or blotting paper would have absorbed the droplets. I end with one question… Why the hell didn’t ANYONE at that show say, “hey, you’ve got something going on” and handed me a tissue?? Perhaps they saw me at Nicholas K and felt I was better off with the droplets.

The good news? Next NYFW is in February so I can’t bitch about the heat!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Backstage Beauty Report: LIVE from New York Fashion Week!!

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…


Backstage at Creatures of Comfort Spring Summer 2015 Photo by Janna Mandell


Backstage at Creatures of Comfort Spring Summer 2015 Photo by Janna Mandell

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014: Get the Makeup Looks!

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

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LOOK: “The real statement of the makeup look is the satin textured orange lip. It contrasts the color and finish of the opalescent-textured eye, and also references the era of the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein, which was a source of inspiration for Shane and Chris. We loved the idea of translating this into the beauty look as well.”
– After priming skin, apply NARS ‘Radiant’ Cream Compact Foundation ($38). To seamlessly blend and give foundation a lighter feel, blot face with a damp sponge.
– Use NARS Stick Concealer ($23) to hide any imperfections.  Instead of applying directly to the skin, warm concealer between your ring fingers and tap on or apply with a concealer brush.
– Mix both eyeshadows in the NARS Duo Eyeshadow Iceland ($34) and apply to entire eyelids. Use an eyeliner brush dipped in both shadows to line the inner corners of your eyes.
– Line entire lip area and fill in with NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Red Square in ($25)
– Then, since NARS used Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil, which won’t be out until Spring 2014,  try applying a layer of NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave ($26)

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Podcast: How to Get the Wearable Trends from the Runways & Red Carpet

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.

Jason Wu NYFW 2013

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!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

NYFW Fall 2013: The Top Beauty Trends and How to Recreate Them

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.

(Left – Right): Jason Wu, Thakoon, Badgley Mischka

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Trend Report: The Standouts from the SS2013 Shows and How to Recreate Them

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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Friday, October 5, 2012

Spring / Summer 2013 Beauty Round-Up: Et tu, Paris???

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…


Rochas (Paris): This gets my nod for sexiest, most wearable look on the Paris runways. That lip just screams sex, especially against the backdrop of makeup artist Lucia Pieroni's vision for "China-doll skin."   Pieroni created the bold red lip with Cle de Peau Beaute Extra Rich Lipstick in R1 and R2.


Valentino (Paris): I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when the Valentino creative team broke it to superstar makeup artist Pat McGrath she would have to give the models the "No Makeup Look" (how original!), and that she would have to put aside her usual innovation and colors to make the models look like bare-faced. According to WWD, McGrath used "a bit of blush on models’ cheeks, and added beige eyeliner inside peepers and brown mascara on lashes. She left lips nude and then powdered faces right before the show." The good news? It will take you 2 minutes to achieve this look. (I'm so bitter about this whole bare face movement)


John Galliano (Paris): There's the Pat McGrath creativity I know and love... A nice reverse cat eye using white pigment close to the lash line over a slightly smoked eye . McGrath described this look as "romantic, in a way, with a punk edge." The white brightened the models' eyes, camouflaging the effects of imbibing and afterparties from the night prior.


 Stella McCartney (Paris): I'm all about a little pop of color acting as an accent element to instantly transform a look from day to night (I loved this same concept at last year's Stella McCartney show where Pat McGrath gave models natural faces with electric blue mascara as the accent).  McGrath continued her legacy by lining the inside eyes with Laura Mercier in Jungle, and then used she used brown mascara to keep the look natural.


Chloé (Paris): Here we see that accent pop of color again, this time makeup artist Diane Kendal created a pigmented, copper rectangular shape on models’ eyelids and just used a little bit of concealer and a cream peachy blush to give the models a "fresh face" look.


 John Paul Gaultier (Paris): This is just fun runway drama. Gaultier had hairstylist Guido Palau and makeup artist Stephane Marais transform the models into pop icons like Madonna, Boy George, and Bowie to complement his collection which was "an homage to all the pop stars of the eighties who have influenced fashion and my fashion with their look," as declared in the show's program.


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.



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Friday, September 28, 2012

Spring / Summer 2013 Beauty Round-Up: London and Milan Mash-up

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.


Paul Smith (London): As I scrolled through all the beauty shots from this show, I found that my eye immediately went to those gloriously bright, matte lips. I couldn't look away. Using all MAC products, makeup artist Petros Petrohilos brought the matte techno-colored magic by layering lip liner, Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger, topped with a layer of Neon Orange powder pigment "just to make that lip as bright and as matte as possible," Petrohilos said in WWD.


Vivienne Westwood Red Label Collection: Can you imagine Vivienne Westwood succumbing to the "no makeup look"? Suggesting Westwood sends models down the runways with unruly brows and bare faces is like suggesting Betsey Johnson should skip the cartwheel at the end of every show. Westwood did not disappoint my need for drama with her "Royalty Meets Warhol" cartoon-like makeup, created by makeup artist Val Garland. By the way, there's that velvety, matte lip again. Someone's sensing a trend that can actually look good on everyone!


Temperley London (London): I think we all know I can't resist a black winged eye, especially when it's done with such precision.  The cheeks were delicately contoured with a rich rose powder blush like NARS Blush in Outlaw ($28.00) and the lips look like the makeup artist just dabbed on a matte balm like Dior 'Creme de Rose' Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10 ($26.50).   The hair is a bit Bride of Frankenstein and for some reason the other models had tight top knots (which I thought was kind of random), but who cares when the makeup looks that hot? To find out how to get your own extreme winged eye, read my tutorial that appeared in the Allure Bloggers competition here.


Issa London (London): I'm sorry, but this is just full out glamour. The makeup and hair tell a story together (which is what I want to see on the runways) even though they look like they are from different decades. I was afraid the live orchids in the hair might look too bridal, but in fact they just gave the hair a retro Island vibe.


Moschino (Milan): Well, ciao and hello there Moschino...  I'm just loving all over this look -- the pouty velveteen orangy red lips and loose curls make me think of a Hitchcock girl.  The white eyeliner and false eyelashes make the makeup very Lichtenstein (which you know I obviously love if you saw my Halloween costume last year) and the brows make the look really pop.  BUT, if I've said it once I've said it a million times -- blonds have a tough time pulling off the bold brow.  The ginger on the right can totally pull off this look but the brows make the blond look borderline demonic.


Missoni (Milan): There's that matte finish lip again.  Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni combined three different colors of MAC Cosmetics Lipmix —orange, pink and white — and then brushed a Bright Pink Pigment Colour Powder over the Lipmix, starting at the center.  I thought the custom lip color looked fresh, modern and screamed Spring, though I'll say I kind of felt like they were sticking their toe in the "no makeup look" pond but that they weren't quite ready to put down the color just yet.


Giorgio Armani (Milan):  Before you judge, take a look at the collection and you'll see how well the eye makeup complements the clothes.  Obviously makeup artist Linda Cantello used all Giorgio Armani Cosmetics to create this look, sweeping the graphic colors from the Maestro Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad across the models' eyelids.  My one complaint -- Armani has such beautiful pigmented lipsticks, I would have loved to see more of a creamy neutral than no color at all.


Max Mara (Milan): Honestly, I was speechless when I saw these images.  You have to wonder if the Creative Director of Max Mara told the makeup artist, "I'd like the girls to look like they just got sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray and that they haven't eaten fruits or vegetables in months."  And what's up with the eighties head wraps?  Dis-as-ter.


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.



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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NYFW Beauty Round-Up Part 2: The Rest of the Runway Roadkill

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.

Oscar de la Renta, photo courtesy

This is by far one of my favorite overall looks from this past week. Hair Stylist Orlando Pita and Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon, said in Women's Wear Daily that they
were both inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which happens to be my favorite iconic movie role EVER!!! I love the modern take on Golightly's signature-streaked hair by replacing her white streak with rainbow-hued hair pieces. Westman was quoted in WWD saying she wanted girls to look “naughty but nice — I wanted it to feel colorful and pretty.” Wow, imagine that... colorful and pretty for Spring!

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera:: In my eyes Carolina Herrera can do no wrong. Every season she redefines "classic beauty" in both her collection and the beauty looks she sends down the runways. This season was no different, she showcased a wearable, subtle take on a smoky eye complemented by glowing skin. I wasn't crazy about the hair. It kind of reminded me of tweens attending private school, but I was so distracted by the beautiful makeup I didn't let it bother me.  Get the Makeup Look: Use MAC 'Powerpoint' Eye Pencil Industry (gray with pearl) with MAC Eye Kohl Phone Number (silvery grey) blended over. Then draw a thin line with a a black cream liner like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Creamliner Matte Black along the top and bottom lashes and blend with a smudger. Use one coat of mascars and then use highlighter along the cheekbones. Finish off the look by applying a clear semi-matte balm like Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm (which has the added bonus of smelling deliciously of roses).


Marc Jacobs: Okay I get the Edie Sedgwick reference. I'm sure (as makeup artist Francois Nars insisted) it was a coincidence that he chose Edie as his muse and that his makeup brand NARS is launching an Andy Warhol collection this holiday season. As you can see from the two photos, the blond models could pull off Edie but the too-heavy warlock brows made the brunette models look Cro-Magnon.


 Donna Karan: EGADS! Just in time for Halloween, Donna Karan decided to go full on cadaver with pasty white skin and fuchsia rimmed eyes. Not only were the models' eyes outlined in pink but their mascara was even pink, giving a sickly "I'm either dead or going to be dead soon" look against the white powdered skin. Donna Karan told the press her inspiration for this line was "Sunrise, Sunset," but perhaps subconsciously she was thinking "Dawn of the Dead."


Milly by Michelle Smith: MAC lead makeup artist Romy Soleimani went for a "simple, very clean, very modern a little bit minimal" look by swiping fluorescent yellow shadow across the lid and keeping the rest of the face simply glowy by strategically highlighting the models' cheekbones and cupid's bow and neutralizing the lip. I know yellow is a bold choice but you could totally make this look wearable for a night out by using a green or blue. Get this Look: First line the eyes with a matte white pencil like MAKE UP FOR EVER Kohl Pencil Matte White 2K to use as a base and to help the color pop. Then dip your eyeliner brush in a pigment like MAC Pigment Magenta Madness and press color over the white. Don't forget to apply a highlighter like Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow Twilight Freshface Glow from your cheekbones to your temples and a little at your cupid's bow to make your skin look ethereal.

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Jeremy Scott:  I was as stunned as you must have been to find a sophisticated wearable evening eye (created by the brilliant MAC makeup artist team) at Jeremy Scott, a designer who usually goes more for shock value than pretty. I love the contrast of the navy blue shadow on the lid blended into the rose shadow above the crease makes this look really pop, especially with the gold pigments pressed into the inner corner of the eyes. The eyes remained the focus by giving the models a neutral lip.


Vera Wang: And the award for my favorite makeup look for the NY SS2013 shows goes to Vera Wang! One word -- STUNNING. The perfect skin and rose gold smoked eyes gave the models an ethereal glow. The universally flattering eye palette brought out the color in ALL the models' eyes -- turning brown eyes warm and chocolaty and making blue and green eyes pop. The skin was flawless with subtle contouring and highlighting to make the ladies look every more otherworldly once they hit the glaring lights of the runway. Look for Rose Gold to be the next "it" color this season for eyes!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

NY Fashion Week Spring 2013 Beauty Round-up Part 1: The Emperor’s New Clothes

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.


Victoria Beckham: Yep, this is a shot taken backstage AFTER the model got hair and makeup done. Anyone else curious why the makeup artist couldn't conceal the darkness under the eyes? A little mascara wouldn't kill her either.


Victoria Beckham: Again backstage at Victoria Beckham, it is as if she purposely cast models that had darkness under their eyes. And let's talk about the hair -- parted in the middle and slicked down. It's a bad sign when the hair is unflattering on women who are paid for their looks. It's that, "I haven't washed my hair in a month and I just brushed it" look.


Jill Stewart: Lead makeup artist Diane Kendal was quote in Women's Wear Daily saying that this look was inspired by a faded take on Hollywood glamour. Huh. I've never heard "faded" and "Hollywood glamour" used together to describe a desirable look, but who am I to judge? Of course the models kind of look like they arrived late from Victoria Beckham with that middle-parted matted down hair, and the makeup artist slapped some reddish brown eyeshadow on them, pressed in a little caramel lip color into the lip and sent them out to the runway. Glamour? Really?


Charlotte Ronson: You're going to love this... Makeup Artist Gilbert Soliz for Sephora PRO said in Women's Wear Daily, “It’s about the natural beauty of the ocean.” He claimed he was inspired by a blue plastic jacket in Ronson's line. After I read Soliz's description I quickly checked to make sure I was looking at the right photos. The ocean is the last thing I think of when I see the makeup, which by the way makes the model's skin looks flat and older. Soliz needs to put down the contour powder and rethink his "poetic" descriptions of his inspiration. (Am I being too bitchy? I fear I'm coming off a little bitchy.)


Monique Lhuillier: Oh My God!! It's color, ladies! FINALLY! We have another aquatic-inspired makeup artist here, but 
Val Garland, for MAC actually achieved an ocean-inspired look by "washing eyes with an electric blue hue" and adding a bit of gold shimmer to the inner corner of the eye. Forget the flat skin you saw at Charlotte Ronson, the model's cheeks are perfectly contoured and her face is expertly highlighted to achieve a subtle glow. To avoid detracting from the eyes, Garland used a muted opaque lipstick. Get This Look: Use a blending brush like MAC '286 Duo Fibre' Blending Brush to lightly "wash" a bright blue shadow like SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Duo Eyeshadow 09 Tropical Blue from lash-line to brows. Trace a thin line with an electric blue eyeliner like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Deviant 0.04 oz very close to the lash line. Apply a light shadow or highlighter right below your brow bone and with a small liner brush like Bobbi Brown Eye Liner Brush apply a bit of gold shimmer like MAC 'Hey, Sailor!' Pigmentto the inner corners of the eyes. Brush your brows up, leaving them unruly, and complete the look with a pale lipstick like Illamasqua Lipstick Sonnet 0.14 oz.


Derek Lam: I had  a real hard time choosing a beauty photo from the Derek Lam show since for some reason he seemed to hire models with faces only their mothers could love. The minimal makeup certainly didn't help these ladies -- even though Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director for Estée Lauder, used Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Extreme Emerald, you could barely see the wash of color on most of the models' skin. And by the way, there wasn't a single mascara-coated eyelash in the house. Simply criminal. I did like the hair by Orlando Pita -- the side part, combed over for some volume towards the back definitely added some elegance to this look.

Peter Som, M·A·C SS13 New York Fashion Week

Peter Som: Now this I love... The models' skin looked flawless and ethereal. I loved how the MAC makeup artists used different combinations of pastels to color block the eyes, depending on the model's features, and then added a transparent shine on top to really make the look come together. To me, this makeup was quintessential Spring.


Peter Som: To complement the pastels in the makeup, the models had faded pastel hair extensions weaved into their hair. The hair gave the look a more downtown, wearable feel.

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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.

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