Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011: Makeup Breakdown

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.

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Christian Siriano @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Christian Siriano @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Christian Siriano @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Christian Siriano @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Aveda lead stylist Antoinette Beenders created graceful waves using Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, and Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray at the Christian Siriano Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Week show.

“The Christian Siriano hair for this season is sinuous and matte—beautiful waves that are neither too beachy nor too glam. It’s pretty in the simplest way.” — Antoinette Beenders for Aveda

Hair How-to:

  • Apply Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair to damp hair to repair and protect from heat styling. Blow dry straight with a Mason Pearson brush.
  • Use a fine-tooth comb to create a center part, dividing the hair into two sides. Loosely braid each side and secure at the ends with elastics. Spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for light hold.
  • Starting at the top of each braid, apply a few seconds of gentle pressure with a flat iron. Section by section, move slowly down so that the entirety of each braid has been pressed.
  • Gently pinch the sides of each braid between the thumb and forefinger and tug gently to loosen.
  • Remove the elastics and use fingers to loosen the curl. To create a soft wave, brush lightly with a Mason Pearson brush and set the look with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.

Behind-the-Scenes

Q: What was your inspiration for this look? How did you collaborate with the designer to create the look?
“Christian’s collection was inspired by the graceful beauty of orchid flower petals. We wanted a hair style that captures that natural elegance.” — Antoinette Beenders for Aveda

Q: How could a woman achieve this look on her own?
“This look is very easy to recreate and works for anyone with a little length to their hair. To protect hair from heat damage, use a small amount of Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair on damp hair and blow dry straight. Then make two braids, one on each side of the head, and spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for light hold. Use a flat iron to gently set each braid, pressing small sections from top to bottom. Finally, undo the braids, loosen waves with your fingers, and set the look with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.” — Antoinette Beenders for Aveda

Q: What is the inspiration for your collection? What is the look you are capturing?
“My collection this season is inspired by intricately beautiful details found in plant life, like the petals of a Dracula orchid. That concept led to stunningly detailed patterns and glamorous eveningwear.” — Christian Siriano

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Do you line your eyes?


  • Both! (45%, 1,618 Votes)
  • Upper lash line only (36%, 1,291 Votes)
  • Waterline only (6%, 211 Votes)
  • Lower lash line only (6%, 202 Votes)
  • Nope! (5%, 176 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (2%, 67 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,565

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick

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.

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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

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #067

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  theBalm Shady Lady, Vol.2, NARS All Night Lipgloss (I think that’s the name – it was $10 on Sephora), Jack Black Lip Balm (one can never have too many!)

Weekend plans:  I have a ton of reading to do for school, but hopefully will squeeze in some fun with the good weather we’ve been having.

Does your shampoo/conditioner match:  Yes!  I always have them match.  It feels so odd to use different ones to me.

Keep adding your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan is looking for a Valentine… any takers?

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