Maybelline @ Z Spoke by Zac Posen S/S 2011

Maybelline @ Z Spoke by Zac Posen S/S 2011
Maybelline @ Z Spoke by Zac Posen S/S 2011

Maybelline @ Z Spoke by Zac Posen S/S 2011

Inspired by theatrical street performance, the makeup at Z Spoke by Zac Posen emphasized vivid and dramatic color in three distinct beauty looks.

“The makeup had a strong vibe with pops of color and a little edgy playfulness to it. I used bright, bold shades on eyes and cheeks and lots of flirty lashes to complement the femininity, humor, and sex appeal of Zac’s designs,” said Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist Charlotte Willier.

The Look

  • Charlotte used Volum’Express the Flasies Mascara to create high drama, flirty lashes.
  • Charlotte applied Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Give Me Gold, Copper Chic, and Sapphire Siren Palettes to achieve maximum eye impact. Sapphire Siren was applied all over the lid and extended to brow bone for one look; Give Me Gold and Copper Chic created a more muted color statement but extended outward in a dramatic cat eye effect.
  • Bold bright color adorned lips with fully saturated coverage in shades of Verry Cherry, Park Avenue Pink, and Backstage #4 (created specifically for Fasion Week).
  • Dream Liquid Mousse Foundationw as applied all over the face for a luminous base.

Hair

Whether you want to rock the Deconstructed Bun, Playful Pony, or French Twist, start with these curling instructions, then follow the specific steps for the hairstyle you want to achieve.

Curling Instructions

Using a ¼ inch curling iron, stylists curled the model’s entire head, being sure to curl the sections in opposite directions.  Sims says that this curling technique “allows ringlets to look and feel more organic.” Stylists sprayed the curled strands with got2b 2sexy hairspray for hold and shine.

Deconstructed Bun

Sims explains that this look is meant to look a bit messy. After curling the hair, he recommends brushing the hair out “almost until it’s frizzy,” then pulling in into a bun on the very top of the head, leaving a few loose tundrils along the hairline. Be sure to set the style with got2b 2sexy hairspray.

Playful Pony

These bouncy up-dos complemented the flirty mini dresses in the Spring 2011 collection. After the whole head is curled, Sims says to brush the hair back into a pony, smoothing strands with got2b’s cashmere-infused smooth operator hairspray. Just like the deconstructed bun, a few loose tundrils should be left around the hairline. If you want to give your pony a little extra bounce, Sims recommends spraying the curled pony with got2b’s collagen-infused fat-tastic root-boosting spray.

French Twist (with a twist!)

We’ve never seen French Twists like this before! This hot rocker-chic look featured a French roll in the back, accented with a curly quaff on the forehead. Sims suggests you “curl the front of your hair into small sections and then pull the rest back, twist and secure with a few pins so it still looks undone.” The front curls should be held in place with got2b 2sexy hairspray, while the twist should be held with got2b smooth operator hairspray to achieve the soft, polished look.

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Lancome & Frederic Fekkai @ Victoria Beckham S/S 2011

Frederic Fekkai @ Victoria Beckham
Frederic Fekkai @ Victoria Beckham

Frederic Fekkai @ Victoria Beckham S/S 2011

Victoria Beckham presented her spring collection of supremely feminine and beautifully constructed dresses today. Vivid colors, from mandarin yellow to cotton candy pink, punctuated the collection, and exposed zippers, gentle draping and tucked and pleated details on parachute silk, jersey and lamé lent the collection that signature Victoria Beckham style.

Makeup

The makeup, by Charlotte Tilbury, was equally vivid. She and Victoria drew inspiration from Andy Warhol’s colorful portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. For eyes, this meant a block of purple shadow up to the brows. Charlotte layered two purple Color Design Eye Shadows—Trendy and Drama—to get the desired finish. She lined the entire upper lashline with Artliner in Noir, complete with a “flick” at each end, and lined the lower lashline with black pencil. Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara on the top and bottom lashes finished the eyes. Brows were left natural.

For lips, Charlotte used L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Rich Cashmere for the gingery pink color she wanted, and topped that with a thick layer of Juicy Tubes in Pure, a clear gloss, for a dramatically lacquered look. The skin was super dewy, achieved with just foundation and highlighter. Charlotte swept the new Teint Miracle foundation over the entire face. Éclat Miracle Serum (a new liquid highlighter) was dabbed along the cheekbone and up the temple in a backwards C-shape. She didn’t use any blush or powder.

The opaque bubble gum pink nails were done by Nonie Creme for Butter London. The hair, by Didier Malige for Fekkai, was long and stick straight, with an unexpected crimp across the back.

Hair

Didier Malige, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai, was inspired by hairstyles of the 60’s—without the tease—for the Spring 2011 Victoria Beckham show. To create the look, Malige first prepped dry hair with Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip to give hair slick volume. Then, Malige created a middle part and tucked the hair straight behind the ears and spritzed with Fekkai Sheer Hold Spray to make the hair more straight and heavy. He finished the look by using a waiving tool to make an unexpected single crimp across the back of the hair. The result was a modern take on a mod era.

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NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011

NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011
NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011

NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011

INSPIRATION: “The clothes are light so I wanted the makeup to have a little more impact this time – as if the girls were beautiful, cool fairies,” said designer Thakoon. “I wanted the whole aura to feel like opening windows and letting in a breeze- fresh and romantic but tempered at the same time.”

LOOK: “Golden, but not tanned. As if the girls are glowing from within… with, of course, confidence,” said lead artist Diane Kendal.

Face

  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Spring 2011)
  • NARS PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer
  • NARS Zen Blush
  • NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (highlighted on cheeks (Holiday 2010)

Eyes

  • NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow
  • NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow
  • NARS Hollywood Land Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (Spring 2011l)

Lips

  • NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Hopi Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (Spring 2011)

Hair

Didier Malige, Frédéric Fekkai’s lead stylist, was inspired to find the beauty in each model and created a light and tousled look with shape, for Thakoon’s Spring 2011 show. Didier started by applying the Fekkai Coiff™ Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel at the roots, combing it back, with his fingers, away from the face. He then applied Fekkai Coiff™ Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray to the middle and ends of the hair.  To finish the look, Didier teased the back of the hair to keep it light and create shape.

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Urban Decay Black Palette

Urban Decay Black Palette

The Black Palette is housed in a sleek, slim rectangular palette with a mirror on the inside cover; it’s made out of cardboard/paper as Urban Decay palettes often are, but it’s very compact.  The miniature Zero eyeliner is stowed away inside along the eyeshadows, while the miniature Eden primer potion is loose (which does ensure that this palette is thin).  It’s definitely a more travel-friendly palette than the Book of Shadows.

Quality-wise, these eyeshadows feel like most of Urban Decay’s regular eyeshadow line (not to be confused with their deluxe eyeshadow line, which has a slightly differing texture); they’re pretty smooth and pigmented.  These do feel a touch more powdery and kick up some eyeshadow if you’re not careful, so I do recommend tapping your brush against your wrist to get any excess shadow out–that way it doesn’t just poof and land on your under eye instead!  I don’t think they’re the best of the brand’s eyeshadows, but they’re solid overall.

I find this palette too redundant to be a must-have for most makeup mavens.  When applied to eyes as part of look, they really don’t standout; they all look black with a touch of varying glitter (but it is so subtle, it’s hard to notice until you look for it specifically).  I did a quick look using Cobra, Libertine, and Black Dog, and if I saw that, I’d say I used two eyeshadows (a shimmery black, nude highlighter); the difference is nearly imperceptible.

You can really get the same effect by using a black eyeshadow/base and layering a shimmery color shade on top– in fact, a ton of people do this with MAC Blacktrack as a base and you can get some really cool effects (try using a duochrome shade on top!).   You might even find that the color pops even more.  These are just too black, too flat.  The inclusion of Eden with this palette is interesting, because it makes these eyeshadows look flatter and even more similar to each other than other bases.  I did some experimenting using Eden, a shimmery white gold base, and colored bases; these eyeshadows look best over colored bases–you can get that blackened look without losing the color entirely.

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Look: Urban Decay Black Palette

Look:  Urban Decay Black Palette

Can you tell that I used four eyeshadows in this look?  If you can, you earn a merit badge for excellent, discerning sight!  Despite looking and even swatching relatively distinctively, when used, the eyeshadows look rather similar.  Just kind of looks like an all-black smoky eye to me!  Review to follow shortly.  This was a really quick look really just done to test out just how much color would show through when used in practice.

I added all that glitter to give this look more va-voom… it was just rather one-note beforehand.  I will say that Distortion over Deviant is stunning–more so in person as the glitter flashes.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Eden as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Cobra eyeshadow on the lower half of the lid and pat on horizontally.  Lightly blend Libertine eyeshadow on upper half of the lid, patting lightly, all the way across with the 239. Next, apply Black Dog eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Deviant liner on the lower lash line, then lightly pat on Distortion glitter liner on top. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara, and then use Distortion glitter liner brushed onto lashes.

For cheeks, apply Desert Rose blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Liquid Lurex lipstick first, and then layer Pink Poodle lipglass for a complementing lip.

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