Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Hourglass @ La Perla

Note: One NSFW picture behind the cut (model in a bra).

Hourglass MUA Michael Pierce created three looks for last night’s LA PERLA Fall 2010 Collection Preview. “LA PERLA is known for stunning, one-of-a-kind lingerie,” say Michael Pierce. “Women simply feel beautiful when wearing their pieces and when creating the makeup, I wanted to reflect the inner-confidence and radiance that comes with wearing LA PERLA.”

Makeup How-to: Look #1

For the LA PERLA collection, I was inspired by 40s Hollywood – Veronica Lake and other silver screen sirens. The focus is on a gorgeous, strong red lip, but a red that every woman can wear. LA PERLA is beautiful, sexy and feminine and nothing portrays a woman’s beauty like the ability to wear a truly stunning red. Hourglass’ “Raven” lipstick is gorgeous and sexy– and works for all women. To add to this look, the eyes are light with tight black eyeliner.

  • Skin: Michael used Veil Fluid Makeup for medium coverage and set it with Oxygen Mineral Powder for a modern, semi-matte approach to 1940’s skin. He followed it with Illume in Bronze Light- using the bronze to contour the cheekbone and the highlighter for strong definition.
  • Eyes: He sweeped the natural sand shade from Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy from the lash line to the brow for a glowing luminous eye. Followed by Calligraphy liquid eye liner in Ebony which he winged out in an upward direction for a thin lined look. He then finished it with Film Noir mascara (new for Fall) for an intense & dramatic black.
  • Lips: He traced the lips with Trace Lip Liner in Message. He then filled it with Raven lipstick (new for Fall) and added a dab of Prodigy lip gloss in Hypnotic in the middle to create the perfect pout.

See more photos and breakdowns for the two other looks!

Makeup How-to: Look #2

The LA PERLA Studio collection is an edgier look that is Tribeca-inspired. She is an urban woman that is fearless and owns her city – like she owns her beauty. For this, I created a messy, dark eye with a nude lip in order to portray an independent, inspirational beauty.

  • Skin: Michael created rich and dewy skin with Illusion Tinted Moisturizer. He used Hidden Concealer in Pearl, a shade lighter than the skin tone, to lift up the cheek bones and intensify the hallow. He also used Oxygen Mineral Powder in a darker shade than the skin tone to contour the cheek bones.
  • Eyes: Using Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism, Michael combined the two colors and used his fingers for a smudged, unblended look– heavier on the outside of the eye. He then took Extreme Sheen lip gloss in Reflect and added it to the eye lid for an edgy, well-worn look. He wetted a small lip brush and created a muddy consistency with the darker shade of Prism to tight line the eye- added to the inner, upper rim of the eye. Last, He used Film Noir mascara (new for Fall) for a powerful black.
  • Lips: To complete the look with a nude lip, Michael used Adorn in Poetry and Trace in Bare.

Makeup How-to: Look #3

The Villa Toscana collection is soft and feminine and was created for everyday women. The makeup reflects this with a focus on flawless skin. I used a minimum of product to define her features and a neutral full lip with tight defined eyes. My philosophy here is that a woman should wear her makeup, the makeup should not wear her.

  • Skin: This look is all about soft and natural skin. To create this glow, Michael used Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, which has a slight shimmer. He then used Illume in Bronze Light and the blush from Illume in Sunrise to add luminosity.
  • Eyes: To create a soft innocent eye, Michael sweeped the eye lid with the natural shade from the Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Suede. He then wet his brush and reapplied the same color to the eye for a glossed effect.
  • Lips: Like rest of the look, he maintained a natural beauty and created a natural, full lip with Prodigy lip gloss in Surreal and Trace lip liner in Bare.

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20 thoughts on “NYFW Fall/Winter 2010: Hourglass @ La Perla

  1. nicci

    The girl in the close up picture is really pretty, especially her eye color. I love her eye make-up with the red lipstick.

  2. Hannah

    love the look…
    but I just want to give the model in the second picture some FOOD!
    Its so sad :(

  3. pretty makeup! Plus, I love la perla lingerie.

  4. Jessica

    Ugh…the girl in the bra is such a bad example for girls with her disgusting ribs showing. EAT SOME FOOD!

    • The fault lies in the people who think that models are supposed to be a standard of beauty. They aren’t. They are hangers for clothes. Models, especially runway models are unusually tall, often lanky, awkward looking women. Why people feel a need to compare themselves to them has always been beyond me.

      I’m not saying they’re ugly – Everyone is beautiful and interesting in their own way – But it’s a BIG HUGE peeve of mine when I hear women comparing themselves to models on runways and in fashion magazines (and then getting upset that either they don’t look the same as the model, or that the models don’t look more like THEY do – AKA a “real” woman).

      We’re all different. Who cares! ROOAAAR!!

    • Nora

      Alright, look – on the one hand, yeah, the fashion industry sets generally bad examples for girls and there are models who do resort to unhealthy means for their body shapes. On the other hand there are girls – especially young ones – who have that body shape and go into modelling because they have an advantage given the standards in the industry today.

      And there’s something that kind of bugs me about calling part of a woman’s body disgusting, whether it’s cellulite or a stomach or ribs or whatever. It’s part of her body, it’s there to hold in her lungs. It’s not disgusting. All women are real women. Not just curvy or skinny or whatever women. By calling a certain thing we don’t like disgusting we’re just creating new standards that are just as restrictive as the ones that are in place right now.

      Criticize the standards, not the model.
      Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

      (On another note, her ribs showing might be the fact that she’s thin, or might just be a build thing. I have a BMI of something like 26 or so and my ribs show – thank a good sturdy Slavic build for a ginormous rib cage that shows no matter how heavy I get.)

      On ANOTHER note, I love that lipstick.

      • Ahoy! I concur!

        And yes, that color is pretty – Though the application in the first photo looks a bit slapdash to me. Guerrilla make-up application… Such is life on the runway 😛

  5. Alena

    LOVE red lip!

  6. aradhana

    never heard of hourglass before…but that lipcolour reminds me of dragon…

  7. Amal

    OMG.. these are pretty. I so loved the 2nd and 4th pictures

  8. CeeBee

    I think the model in the 5th picture is stunning – love her makeup and her skin is amazing.
    As for the first picture, is it just me or is her lipstick a bit wonky? And what is up with her brows?

    Personally, I think the slinky screen siren look works wonderfully – on women. Not 14 year old girls.

  9. Melinda

    Gorgeous Looks 😀 I wanted to stop by and wish you and your loved ones a Happy Valentines day!!!

  10. Anitacska

    The girl in the first picture, her lipstick is all over the place. My 8 year old daughter could have applied that better. :S

  11. AnGeLwInGz

    I LOVE the red lips and shimmery cat eyes.

  12. liz

    i love these looks, so sultry. might have to do this over the weekend when i go out!

  13. AlyxVeee

    These are my favorite faces so far, so simple yet glamourous. I love just accenting their natural beauty + their hair is fierce.

  14. Rowan

    OOH! That first look is like what I did for Valentines day. But that red lipstick is sooo much better than the one I used! Is there a MAC dupe for that color Christine?

  15. Luisafer

    wish I could wear my hair like that, but after 20min the curls are gone :( tried all kinds of products, all kinds of irons curls and everything, and they just won’t hold :(
    the makeup is so pretty!!! reminds me of your red dragon!!!

  16. GORGEOUS to the MAX!!! Love love loveeee Hourglass!!! that’s so stunning.. wow…