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Runway Beauty: Romanticism at Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015

September 11th, 2014

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Evoking Marie Antoinette and the decadence of Versailles, the Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015 explored feminine detailing and bridal couture techniques on a mixture of tailored and soft silhouettes. This resulted in a romantic beauty look with smoky purple eyes and sleek, glossy nails.

Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015 runway beauty
Makeup: Clé de Peau Beauté Makeup Creative Director Lucia Pieroni
Nails: Jin Soon Choi

Pieroni kept the skin matte with Radiant Fluid Foundation and used Luminizing Face Enhance in Enhance to add in the slightest hint of sparkles on the cheekbones. She covered the eyes with washes of purple eyeshadow using Eye Color Quad in Fairy Dust (launching Spring 2015) and offset them with a nude lipstick, Extra Rich Lipstick in Just Joey (210).

Complementing the makeup look, Choi used one coat of JINsoon Tulle topped with a single coat of JINsoon Top Gloss on the nails.

Purple eyeshadow at Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015

Nude manicure by JINSoon at Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015

Images: Courtesy of JINSoon.

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Runway Beauty: Dewy Skin With Soft Smoky Eyes at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015

September 7th, 2014

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At Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015, the look was creamy, dewy skin with a soft smoky eye paired with a side-part low ponytail and white nails.

Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015 runway beauty
Makeup: Diane Kendal for Lancome
Nails: Deborah Lippmann for Lancome
Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

To create the hydrated, glowing and dewy look, Kendal first prepped skin with Absolue L’Extrait Serum Ultimate Rejuvenating Concentrated – Elixir and Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Radiance Mist. Next, she applied Nude Miracle Liquid to Powder Makeup to even skin out. Then, she applied La Base Hydra Glow on the cheekbones and Blush Subtil Palette All-In-One Contour Blush & Highlighter in Nectar Lace down the nose and on top of the cheekbones.

The eyes were softly-shaded with natural, curled lashes. Instead of mascara, Kendal curled lashes and blended Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base in Sienne and Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee on the eyes for a soft smoky effect.

Kendal finished the look with lips that were matte and bare with L’Absolu Rouge in La Base.

Nails were white with Vernis in Love in Beige Romance.

On dry hair, Gilbert applied Mousse Bouffant and Ciment Thermique. Then using a paddle brush, she blow-dried hair in a backwards motion for volume. Next, she used a tail comb and created a side part. Leaving two-inch strips of hair on either side of the face, she pulled back the remaining hair and secured temporarily with a clip. Pulling hair from the clip, section by section, she sprayed with Laque Dentelle and twisted with fingers before curling around a 2″ barrel curling iron for added texture. Then, she collected the two front strips and pulled with the remaining length at the back of the head into a pony, securing at the nape of the neck with an elastic. Finally, she combed fingers through the lengths of hair to create a soft, natural look and applied Baume Double Je to prevent flyaways and secure hair in place.

Soft smoky eye at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015

Side-part low ponytail by Kerastase at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015

Images: Michele Morosi/ and Courtesy of Kerastase and Lancome.

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Runway Beauty: Modern Tribalism at Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015

September 6th, 2014

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NYFW might have just kicked off yesterday but blue eyeshadow has already popped up at quite a number of shows. And at Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015, Maybelline makeup artist Yadim created modern tribalism with 2 different looks featuring shades of blue and bronze on the eyes. “Though the shades varied, each models’ makeup was similar so they looked a part of the same tribe – gorgeous and radiant.” explained Yadim.

Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015
Yadim applied Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation and blended Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral and Hot Tamale. He used Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow in Barely Branded to highlight from the cheekbones up to the temples and on the chin and Cupid’s bow. He then layered Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Warm Nude on top. A taupe shade from Maybelline The NUDES Palette was used to contour the cheek.

The eye makeup was the defining factor of the look. Yadim swept Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo
Pure Pigments in Brash Blue across the eyelids to make the blue and silver jewelry pop. To create a warm, coppery effect emphasizing the brass jewelry, he applied Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Leathers 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow in Creamy Beige, Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Cocoa layered on
top. He brushed up the brows with Maybelline Great Last Mascara in Clear.

To create a soft, muted lip, Yadim applied Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm i n Quenched before lightly
dabbing Maybelline FIT me! Concealer atop the lips.

Finally, one coat of Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in In the Nude gave nails a simple, classic finish.

Bronze eyeshadow at Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015

Tribal beauty at Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015

Blue eyeshadow at Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015

Dannijo Spring/Summer 2015 backstage with Maybelline

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MAC Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Trend Report

August 20th, 2014

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For Autumn/Winter 2014, makeup has become something of a beautiful paradox: it’s about artistry to achieve something that looks essentially un-cosmetic (thanks to ever more sophisticated and subtle makeup formulations and applications). Masking and morphing feels irrelevant this season; a quiet alchemy of product and technique that nonchalantly amplifies what is unique in the face is the new stealth wealth of makeup. “The new luxury is in individuality,” confirms Gordon Espinet.

There is a confident subtlety in all these beauty directions. “There is no absolute formula to how makeup has to look to appear modern now,” says Lyne Desnoyers. “There is a freedom to experiment and a confidence to break away from conventional means of constructing beauty.” Hence nuances of texture (transparent lightness is more important than heavy opacity this season), combined with unpredictable colors (“off” colour is distinctly “on” trend) and non-prescriptive placements form the new technical vocabulary that makes these trends look distinctly fresh and “now”.

Trend #1: Streamlined
Eyes are indisputably the feature to focus on for the season ahead; framed with an architectural liner, these eyes add a strength to the face that sits somewhere between glamour and grunge (but, vitally, looks like neither of the two). “Tomboy” and “tough around the eyes” were common descriptors of these lean, horizontally focused shapes: complemented by similarly present brows, they lend a beautiful edge to the face that is not anything angry or extravagant. Liner now is an ornament, but not an excessive one. What breathes new life into liner for AW14 is as much to do with the entire treatment of the face as the eyes in isolation. Nothing in the métier of these faces feels labored.

Trend #2: Off Color
A drab-inflected palette is being used in a beautifully paradoxical manner this season: grungy color that creates the effect of luminosity and life in the face. These decayed shades prove that color absolutely does not have to correct or complement in order to be beautiful. Their inherent grey-ness and extreme transparency takes them away from looking like evident pigments; they add mood, not makeup, to the face.

Trend #3: On Reflection
Just as textural contrasts informed the fashion collections, reflective accents are a dominant beauty refrain for AW14. Punctuations of shine against matte provide an endless repertoire of plays on light, from neutral metallics (predominantly gold with forays into copper, pewter and silver) through to literal gloss. So whilst reflection this season is not about conceptual minimalism, it is a designed minimalism: thoughtfully applied with consideration on specific placement and weight of shine (from sheer balm to high vinyl), this is a luxurious, but not glamorous, approach to shaping the face.

Trend #4: Unprocessed
How about we don’t talk about “natural” makeup any more? Let’s call it “real” instead. Because that’s what a barer-faced look is really speaking about now. The individual. Applying the tag “natural makeup” to any face created in a palette of skin-akin tones is an outmoded concept; “real” is not 3D-perfect skin that has had all the contours and highlights artificially added back in. Yes, all makeup is, by definition, not natural, but minimal makeup in AW14 is about the purely democratic idea of accentuating reality, of reveling in normality. Neither masculine, nor flirtatiously pretty, neither glam, nor grunge. This is, quite simply, how a strong, self-assured, cool, relevant woman today probably wants to look: like she has not tried too hard.

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Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

July 9th, 2014

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Bye-Bye Eye Makeup!

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