Friday, February 11th, 2011

Mara Hoffman @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Mara Hoffman @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Mara Hoffman @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

MAKE UP FOR EVER ALLIANCE artist, Lottie (www.makeupforever-alliance.com), served as key make up artist for the Mara Hoffman Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lottie drew her inspiration from the beauty of the Middle Eastern woman, embracing sun-kissed skin and deep smoky eyes.

Makeup How-to

  • Complexion & Cheeks: Lottie gave the skin a sun-tanned glow with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation that was one shade darker than each models’ actual skin tone. She then warmed up the complexion even more using MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Bronze and MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit all over the face and cheeks.
  • Eyes: To achieve dark smoky eyes, Lottie applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black to the upper and lower lash lines, and added drama to the lashes using MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash. The key to this look was a full brow, so Lottie used MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector and combed it through the brows with a disposable mascara wand to add thickness.
  • Lips: Lottie applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Camouflage Concealer Palette #4 to the lips for a sun-stained, neutral pout.

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, February 11th, 2011

BCBGMAXAZRIA @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
BCBGMAXAZRIA @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

BCBGMAXAZRIA @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“It’s 20s meets 70s at BCBGMAXAZRIA this season,” said Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist charlotte Willer, who led the team backstage. “Glamorous eyes take center stage, against an otherwise natural beauty look.”

Makeup How-to

Charlotte used Fit Me! Foundation and Fit Me! Pressed Powder all over thef ace and neck. She then used Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil to give brows a more defined look. Charlotte applied Give Me Gold Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow with the golden white shade to theinner corners of the eyes, darker brownshadein the crease, and the neutral gold shade to highlight the brow. Next, she applied Pressworthy Pink on the apples of the cheeks untl almost sheer. For lips, Charlotte prepped lips witha dab of lip balm and applied So Pearly Color Sensational Pearls Lipcolor on lips.

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, February 11th, 2011

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Renato Campora, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai, created a fun and flirty style for the runway. As the beauty sponsor of the show, Frédéric Fekkai and Renato Campora worked closely with Vogue’s Lawren Howell to create the fresh, modern and very wearable style.

The runway mash-up featured over 60 looks from the likes of Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Doo.Ri , Erin Fetherston, Helmut Lang, Isabel Toledo, Marchesa, Peter Som, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Derek Lam and many more! It’s the first-ever show of its kind and really the only way that regular consumers can access what is typically a trade event.

Hair How-to

  • On wet hair, he applied the Fekkai Coiff™ Controle Ironless™ Straightening Balm and blow dried the hair straight
  • Campora created a deep side part and applied Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume™ Styling Whip for added volume
  • Add Fekkai Coiff™ Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel then slightly teased the hair in 3 sections with the Fekkai Classic Brush
  • He curled the hair using a 1 inch curling iron leaving the ends out
  • Let the hair cool, then brushed the curls out to create a natural bend
  • He swept the hair to one side over the should and spray the Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray for all day hold and flexibility

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“It’s a bit French and a bit rock ‘n’ roll… greasy, sexy, and cool.  Makeup is the accessory, the perfect jewel… Playful, but chic.” — Christian McCulloch

Makeup How-to:

  • Eyes: A blend of MAC Silver and 3D Silver PRO Glitter and Reflects Purple Duo applied with PRO Shine Mixing Medium over the eyelids and through lower lashes for a smoky, show-stopping effect. Brows groomed upwards with Clear Brow Set.
  • Lips: Subculture Lip Pencil lightly contours lip with Petting Pink Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 for a healthy, natural finish.
  • Face: Select Moisturecover applied sparingly for a natural finish. Strobe Cream for a subtle highlight over cheekbones.

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Video Review: theBalm Shady Lady, Vol. 3 Palette

First look at theBalm’s Shady Lady, Vol. 3 palette, which is new for 2011, along with swatches and all that jazz.  You can my written review here.

Friday, February 11th, 2011

NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Spring 2011: Madere

NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pale pink-toned white-beige with a matte finish. It has great coverage, going opaque with little product, but as a matte, tends to cling to lips more than your average lipstick.

my thoughts on the formula: Pure Matte lipsticks have a matte finish, and while they’re not moisturizing, they don’t rob my lips of moisture. Lighter matte shades can take prep work, because the matte texture will emphasize any imperfections on your lips. Mattes do, however, last longer on lips, and NARS’ Pure Matte lipsticks last between four and five hours on me, though lighter shades like Madere are only three to four hours.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: I will say that this is by no means a flattering shade on me, and I don’t see it working for a wide variety of skin tones. It’s so pale that it will provide great contrast on darker skin tones, but it is borders on zombie-lips when I wear it. The slight pink in the color does bring it up a notch, but I see this working best for a certain look or on paler skin tones.

where to buy: NARS

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →