Monday, February 25th, 2008

Beauty Backstage by Stila: For four seasons, Marchesa has turned to stila cosmetics to complement their Hollywood-worthy designs with just the right makeup looks. Headlining makeup artist Talia Shobrook used lush, rich hues to complete the gilded splendor of the Marchesa collection.

Inspired by the iconography of the 16th Century, Marchesa’s fall collection evokes the excess and elegance of the Golden Age. Drawing on the drama of the Spanish Armada, the designs embody the clash of lavish Spanish style and Elizabethan renaissance in an era marked by legendary monarchs. Shobrook captured the concept in a dramatic look that modernizes Elizabethan stylization, with dreamy, angelic complexions to reflect the soft, flowing quality of the collection.

stila offers you quick how-tos so that you can capture this majestic fall makeup style:

Step one: skin
The look for skin is matte and pale. Begin by applying stila sheer pressed powder. Then, apply stila perfecting concealer to areas that require more coverage.

Step two: eyes
Neutral tones contour and accentuate a smoky eye framed with dramatic lashes and brows. Apply stila eye shadow in chinois to brow bones. Next, apply stila eye shadow in bouquet and kamet to the creases of your eyelids and your bottom lash line. Line the lower outer rim kajal liner in smoky quartz. Then sweep multi-effect mascara in brown over lashes and apply multi-effect mascara in black to tips of lashes. Finally, fill in brows with brow set.

Step three: cheeks
Cheeks are natural but flushed for high contrast with pale skin. Use new cherry crush lip and cheek stain to create a bright flush against pale skin. Apply to fingertips to the high apples of the cheeks, blending out until the color diffuses into a soft stain.

Step four: lips
Lip color is shiny and saturated against matte skin and eyes. Apply cherry crush lip and cheek stain directly to lips for rosy color with a slick sheen. Next, dab SPF 20 lipstick in caicos over cherry crush with fingertips to finish the look.

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2 thoughts on “Backstage Beauty – Stila at Marchese Beauty Breakdown

  1. mz.endre

    Hi Christine,

    I LOVE your site. I just stumbled on it… and now i’m here ALL the time. its like the ONLY website not blocked at my job!!!

    Anyhow,
    I love this look. I was wondering if you could show or explain how to get this app to work on darker skin. Indian or African American??

    I would love to recreate it… my skin tone is like gabrielle union… i’m worried about the ‘pale’ not looking pale and seeming muddy or pasty instead… is the idea to be ‘pale’ or more ‘natural’?

    thanks for your help!

    • Hey Mz. Endre! Thanks for stopping by! I’m happy to hear that you enjoy the site :) You should be able to get the looks to work for you so long as you use a good base, like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or MAC’s Prep + Prime.

      This look is definitely about being natural, not pale!