Monday, February 4th, 2008

HERVE LEGER | “She’s mean,” is how Val Garland described the tough sexy woman who prances in Herve Leger bandage dresses.  “The Leger lady is severely sexy — not obvious sexy.”  She threw out the smoky cat eye and instead did a liquid sparkly gold eye with a very chalky pink matte lip complimented by a matte cheek with a subtle shine like wetness.

DKNY | Charlotte Tilbury opts to go for a fresh, wide-eyed kind of look.  She used MAC’s to-be-launched mascara for dazzling lashes, while the lips were a mixture of Lush and Rapturous mattene lipsticks.  Cheeks were sculpted and painted a soft pink.

PREEN | James Kaliardos went for a colorface that is reminscent of Kim Basinger in “Nine and a Half Weeks.”  He created a grey, taupe rounded eye using regular powder shadows in combination with cream shadows, and he contrasted it with a red lip.  It wasn’t a scarlet or blood red, but more like a blue based red that borderlines fuchsia with a touch of gold opalescence.

TULEH | Polly Osmond thought of Charlotte Rampling in the 70s for inspiration, which meant a shiny metallic eye that dominated.  She used bronze pigment on the eye with a chocolate shadow in the crease.  Emote blush was used to shade and sculpt the cheeks.  Polly went for tofee lips using 4N lipstick with 2N lipglass.

JOHNATHAN SAUNDERS | Val Garland mixed and layered warm wine tones; claret, tawny port, merlot — and even a little champagne — to add to the list of fall 2008 faces that are romantic, flushed, wind-touched, with both matte and shiny elements.  She calls it “sexy texy.”

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Monday, February 4th, 2008

SARI GUERON | “Sari’s clothes have a lot of volume this season,” explained makeup artist Gucci Westman.  To counteract this, she opted for “Grey, smudgy, and slept in – very real girl” eyes with nude pink lips.  “She’s the girl we all want to be,” laughed Westman.  “She doesn’t take hours to do her makeup and she still looks good.”

RUFFIAN | It was all about the eyes as James Kiliardos designed the look for the show.  He smeared eyes with a pale gray mixed with violet, followed by gloss “for a hollowed wood nymph effect.”  He did focus on the lips by adding a bright pop of a semi-matte red and purple that showed up as a shocking fuchsia.  He skipped mascara as well as sculpting the cheeks, so the lips could stand out even more.

THREEASFOUR | Gordon Espinet describes the fall look as “radiance,” which inspired his look for the ThreeAsFour show.  The skin is no longer powdered or shiny, just flawless.  He applied MAC’s new mineralized blush to give a look of “faces on a cold winter day” and used a rose lip color that was high glossy in finish and yet not at all frosty.  He used MAC’s #20 lashes  along with Royal Winkd fluidline to make the eyes really pop.

ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH | “Think Bauhaus and pop art,” Philppe Chansel said as he described his inspiration for the looks of the show.  He used bright pops of colors in various uses from blue to green or pink or orange from MAC Chromacakes.  They were created in dome shapes with black liner and false lashes.  He went for a beigey pink gloss on the lips and natural cheeks.

COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA | Makeup artist Kabuki was responsible for the makeup seen at the show, where he layered burgundy, pink, and beige pigments to give faces a romantic appeal.  “Think Mary Shelley and Frankenstein,” he described as influences.  “She’s a little bit witch, a haunted woman straight out of the 19th century romanticism.”  She used MAC’s Burnt Burgundy paint stick around the eyes with Taupe over it and adding a coat of gloss.

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Monday, February 4th, 2008

JASON WU | In fall 2008, we saw the bright lip, while in spring 2008, it was all about cheeks and alshes.  For fall 2008, it is about the glitter eye.  At Jason Wu, we saw a very fifties/seventies-lady show of chiffons, florals, and A-line skirts with fur-trimmed sweaters.  Artist Romy Soleimani said she gave models’ lips a wine color with layered peach pink over it, to give the illusion that she had just been sipping sherry.  She created a gold on grey glitter eye — “grey for cool, and gold for warm,” she said — using MAC’s Reflects, a fine powder glitter.  The eyes were soft, not disco, but rather “The harbinger of a whole new zeitgeist.”  The cheeks were sculpted using the latest sculpt/shape line.

NICOLE MILLER | “Think Stephanie Seymour or Karen Mulder, the supes of yore,” said Romy Soleimani, who was the key artist for the show featuring brocaded cocktail dresses and coats in yellow or cobalt.  It was a rather 80s kind of feel.  She used glitter as inspiration with a maroon base that was topped with an olive gold from MAC Reflects glitter.  She opted for lipstick in a rosewood color that was put sheerly on without liner, and no gloss.  Lashes were looking false, looking incredibly long, but very fluttery–but they weren’t, chalk it up to the newest gel mascara MAC plans to launch later this year.

BABY PHAT | Christopher Ardoff noted Kimora’s inspiration was the 1920s, so he opted for a Clara Bow, Josephine Baker, Billie holiday kind of look.  He blocked out brows using a nude pencil while he used grey glitter in a rounded crescent shape for the eyes.  He paitned lips a red-orange kind of color that truly stood out.  For darker skintones, he added more depth with burgundy glitter to eyes.  (See photos below.)

Monday, September 10th, 2007

MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with BoomBox for London Fashion Week and has sponsored 20 cabs painted in black (of course!) with both BoomBox’s and MAC’s logos in white. In addition, MAC Cosmetics is releasing a very, very limited edition (1200 copies) BoomBox book, which is bound to become an extremely coveted collector’s item — how I wish I could get my hands on a copy!Keep reading for the official press release… Continue reading →

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK | MAC COSMETICSDKNY
Face — The face was prepped with Studio Moisture Cream. Select Cover-up Concealer was applied all over face with a focus underneath the eyes, around the nose and on the chin for a flawless finish. Using a MAC #187 Brush, Posey and Laid Back Creme Blushes were applied with a round movement on apples of cheeks for a healthy, beautiful, young flush.
Eyes — MAC Kohl Eye Pencil in Fascinating was applied to the water line and rim of the lower lash line to open up the eyes. MAC Pro Eye Pencil in Light Green was then applied to upper lash line and rubbed out all over lid for a sheer look. Plush Lash Mascara in Brown was coated on the base of the lashes.
Lips — Clear Lipglass was lightly applied for a see-through, conditioned lip.

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK | MAC COSMETICSBABY PHAT
Face — MAC Studio Stick Foundation was brushed on skin for coverage and dusted with Mineralized Skin Finish Natural for a sheer complexion. MAC Pro Blush in Rhubarb was applied softly to apples of cheeks and layered with Sheertone Shimmer in Sunbasque to highlight.
Eyes — A blend of MAC Creme de Violet and Sushi Flower Eye Shadows were applied to lid and layered with Light Flush Blush and Skin Finish in Warmed all over eye. Kitschmas Pigment was dusted onto the center of lid and Kitschmas Pigment and Copper Pigment was added directly under brow line as highlighter. MAC Smolder Eye Liner was delicately applied to lower lash line and followed with layers of Fiber Rich mascara.
Lips — MAC lipsticks in Pink Nouveau and Up the Amp were applied with a lip brush. Clear Lipglass was layered on top for a plastic, shiny, glamorous lip.

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK | MAC COSMETICSMALANDRINO
Face — MAC Studio Moisture Fix was applied, followed by Face and Body Foundation for a simple, sheer look. Loose Blot Powder was dusted over t-zone. Cheek bones were blotted with Sheertone Shimmer in Springsheen and highlighted with MAC Shadow in All That Glitters.
Eyes — MAC Eye Shadows in Digit and Shale were blended and applied on lid to create crease. Print Eye Shadow was added around edge of eye. Fascinating Eye Pencil was applied to top and bottom lash lines to brighten the eyes.
Lips — For a sheer-stained look, MAC lipstick in So Chaud was applied with lip brush.

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Friday, September 7th, 2007

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK | BACKSTAGE WITH MAC

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2007L.A.M.B.
Face

MAC Face and Body Foundation, a backstage favorite, was applied evenly to skin for a clean, natural finish.

Eyes
In order to create a soft, smoky eye, two graphite shades of MAC Technakohl Eye Liners were blended on upper and lower lash lines. The lighter shade, Gray Print created the intensity and shape, and the darker shade, Steel Point was added sparingly for a deeper definition. To finish off the look, MAC Gloss Texture was applied to the eyelids for the perfect sheen.

Lips
Lips were defined with MAC Lip Pencil in Redd and then blended with Lip Mix in Orange for the perfect pop of coral.

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2007Jason Wu
Face
MAC Face and Body Foundation, a backstage favorite, was applied evenly to skin for a clean, natural finish.

Eyes
In order to create a soft, smoky eye, two graphite shades of MAC Technakohl Eye Liners were blended on upper and lower lash lines. The lighter shade, Gray Print created the intensity and shape, and the darker shade, Steel Point was added sparingly for a deeper definition. To finish off the look, MAC Gloss Texture was applied to the eyelids for the perfect sheen.

Lips
Lips were defined with MAC Lip Pencil in Redd and then blended with Lip Mix in Orange for the perfect pop of coral.

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