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Thursday, February 19th, 2009

“Futuristic Barbie”

Face: Tinted Moisturizer and Perfecting Concealer. #2 Stila Sun Bronzer.

Eyes: Charm, Wisteria, Cobalt Smudge Pot, White Pearl Kajal Pencil

Lips: Topaz Kajal Liner, #1 Contour Pencil, Praline Lip Glaze

See breakdowns for Present Day & Past BarbieContinue reading →

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

François Nars | Marc Jacobs

After a 10 year hiatus, François Nars marked his return to the fashion runway in a larger than life way by leading the makeup direction for Marc Jacobs’ Autumn/Winter 2009 show. It included working with 65 models, and creating 65 different makeup looks. Nars’ unexpected return to fashion week can be attributed solely to Marc Jacobs. “We’ve known each other since the beginning so it was really fun to work with Marc again. I really love what he does,” said Nars.

Inspiration: The Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 collection paid homage to the New York night club scene of the 1970s and ‘80s. Drawing inspiration from these decades and the works of Sprouse, St. Laurent, and Halston, François Nars took into consideration each model’s individual beauty before creating a separate edgy look, reminiscent of the past but still very modern. “We are doing quite an eclectic look,” he said. The inspiration for diversity came from Nars’ book XRAY. “[Marc] wanted to keep that feeling,” said Nars, “the variety of looks, the same way we do the campaigns for NARS.” Overall, it was important that each girl look beautiful, even with strong theatrical looks. Much like the fashion, Nars emphasized having fun with makeup for the coming year, despite the times we live in- “It’s a good antidote.”

Look: Focusing on an edgy, night clubbing look, strong eyes and bold color were a major theme. Black shadow laid the foundation for creating the dramatic eye, to which the artists added cobalt blues, deep greens, bright purples, reds, fuchsias, and glitter. “There is a wide variety of color,” said Nars, “it’s whatever looks good on the girl.” For many of the models, porcelain skin was a key component, allowing the black eyes and bright colors to pop. “You want to play with makeup,” says Nars, “makeup is a great accessory – that is the message.”

I have to say that the Marc Jacobs show had some really fun, crazy and totally out-there looks, which is what made it one of my favorites this season! While Barbie’s show had the cuteness, Marc Jacobs has an edginess that I always look forward to seeing to during NYFW.

See several more images of the vibrant looks created at the Marc Jacobs show, plus some fun backstage shots! Continue reading →

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Behnaz Sarafpour | Gordon Espinet

Inspiration: “The look is not made up but quite perfected, deliberately perfected.”

Eyes: Smolder Eye Kohl – drawn along top and bottom lashlines and water line theN slightly smudged with a brush. Carbon Eye Shadow – blended into lashline to set eye kohl.

Skin: Studio Sculpt Concealer – applied where needed to even out and perfect the complexion. Mineralize SkinFinish Natural – blended into the skin for a natural flawless face. Emphasize sculpt and Shape powder – highlighting the tops of cheekbones.

Lips: Lip erase — applied to moisturized lips to create a skin toned mouth.

See breakdowns for Rodarte and Matthew Williamson… Continue reading →

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Dennis Basso | Andre Rodman for Frédéric Fekkai

Inspiration: Andre Rodman, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai was inspired by a young Carine Roitfeld – sophisticated and confident, yet care free at the Dennis Basso show this year. Rodman created easy, messy, sexy waves using the Fekkai Full Volume Mousse. “I wanted to give the hair some guts” Rodman said. The look is easily mimicked at home. Rodman created a center part and then scrunched the hair dry with a diffuser. He took a curling iron, 1  inch round to curl the hair. He then added the Fekkai Coiff™ Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax to add texture to the hair, and completed the look with the Fekkai Au Natural Dry Shampoo to create a matte finish.

Products Used: Fekkai Full Volume Mousse: A lightweight styling mousse with advanced body building proteins and rich botanicals to plump and thicken each hair strand. Frederic Fekkai Full Volume Mousse is made with advanced body building proteins and rich botanicals that help thicken each hair strand. Leaves hair full of volume and shine that lasts all day. Fekkai Coiff™ Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax: A free forming wax that texturizes and creates hair that is deliberately undone with all-day, sexy, flexible hold. Luxurious shea and illipe butters, provide lasting, touchable hold and shine. Fekkai Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo: The first Fekkai product that combines natural formulations in a dry shampoo product Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo is free of sulfates, parabens, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Imbued with Fekkai’s signature standards of advanced formulas partnered with luxurious textures, Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo offers a refreshing, timesaving alternative to conventional shampoos. Hair is left refreshed and revived without the use of water.

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Thakoon | Diane Kendal

Inspiration: The collection took inspiration from the 1940’s, reflecting the surrealist images of photographer Lee Miller. Combined with a bit of 80’s rock and roll glam, makeup artist Diane Kendal created a strong look without being too girly.

Look: “The look is all about the eyes with soft matte lips for contrast,” said Diane Kendal. To bring strength to the face, Diane focused on creating smoky eyes and full brows, while downplaying the lips and keeping skin fresh with a light brushing of blush for a healthy glow.

Face: Use NARSskin Hydrating Moisture Cream to moisturize entire face. Apply NARS Concealer as needed, to cover any imperfections. Use a minimal amount of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (NEW for Fall 2009). Lightly stroke NARS Blush in Gilda on the apples of the cheeks

Eyes: Use NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo to line upper lashes and crease. Blend over entire lid and up to brows, keeping dense color by lashline. With Mambo, line lower lashes and gently blend. Use NARS Single Eyeshadow in Bali to fill in brows. Draw a very thin line on upper lashes with NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Black (NEW for Fall 2009). Curl lashes with NARS Eyelash Curler

Lips: Apply NARS Lip Therapy Treatment in Rain to entire lip. Lightly pat a small amount of NARS Concealer over Rain to take down color

See face chart… Continue reading →

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

If you were using MAC Ever So Rich Cremesheen Glass?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.