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Runway Beauty: Glam Rock at Creatures of the Wind S/S 2016

September 17th, 2015

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At Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2016, models rocked a Siouxsie Sioux inspired glam rock look. “She always had a very strong eye look – it had the same spirit, but was applied differently each time. The look is very eclectic with a lot of layering, which plays off the layering in the collection. It’s punk, tough looking. I loved the richness of the gold against the toughness of the black. It’s an updated, modernized take on eyeliner,” explained de Mey.

Makeup: Aaron de Mey for NARS Cosmetics
Nails: Katie Jane Hughes for butter LONDON

The skin was first prepped with NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream then perfected with Stick Concealer and set with Soft Velvet Loose Powder.

On the eyes, de Mey created a dramatic wing with a variety of products (Black Valley Eye Paint, Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner, Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil and Pandora Duo Eyeshadow). The gorgeous gold was the result of Iskandar Eye Paint topped with glitter. Brows were kept groomed with Oural Brow Gel and Brow Perfector.

To finish, de Mey gave models two different lip looks – a red using Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner; and a nude with just concealer and NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment.

On the nails, Hughes went for a simple yet bold look that was inspired by the hippie meets punk vibe of the collection. Four high-shine nail colors – white (Cotton Buds), blue (Skive), black (Union Jack Black) and yellow (Cotton Buds topped with Cheeky Chops)- were assigned to models based upon their look, and finished Patent-Gel Topcoat for a thick, high-shine finish.


Images: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics and butter LONDON.

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Face Of The Day: Purple Eyes + Fuchsia Lips with NARS 413 BLKR Collection

September 10th, 2012

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Fall, my favorite season of the year, is finally here! So here is a simple makeup look I did using the new NARS 413 BLKR Duo Eyeshadow and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil that launched in honor of Fashion’s Night Out 2012 along with a few items from the Andy Warhol for NARS Holiday 2012 Color Collection. Read on for a breakdown and close-up pics!

Purple eyeshadow and fuchsia lipstick makeup look
NARS purple eyeshadow and fuchsia lipstick makeup look
Wearing NARS 413 BLKR Duo Eyeshadow and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS 413 BLKR Duo and Silver Factory Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil Makeup Look
Wearing NARS 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Products Used
* Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation in FF203
* Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Beige
* Senna Form-A-Brow Eyebrow Stencil Kit in Neutral
* NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
* NARS 413 BLKR Duo Eyeshadow – mauve color (left shade) on the lid and smudged on the lower eye
* NARS 413 BLKR Duo Eyeshadow – shimmery black color (right shade) smudged along lash line on top of Empire then dragged onto the crease
* NARS Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Empire – along upper lash line
* NARS Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil in Silver Factory – inner corners
* 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-wear Eyeliner – lower lash line
* Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plus Mascara in Blackest Black
* Jealousness U.S.A. False Lashes JS-506 Scheming Beauty
* NARS Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush – sparingly on top of cheekbones
* NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush – down the nose
* NARS 413 Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

What are YOU wearing this fall? See more fall makeup looks!

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Mad Men Season 5 Makeup Look Breakdowns

March 30th, 2012

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With the premiere of a new season of Mad Men, Lana Horochowski, Department Head of Makeup for the hit TV show, shares with us a few tips on how to recreate the gorgeous classic ’60s beauty looks of Megan Draper and Joan Harris!

Mad Men Season 5 Makeup Breakdown
“We looked at a lot of ‘60s magazines, and photos from my mother when she was young,” said Horochowski . “Overall, there are definitely a lot of makeup looks this season. It’s a new color palette entirely!”

Megan Draper (played by Jessica Paré)
“The inspiration for Megan Draper drew from a combination of Twiggy and Sophia Loren,” explains Horochowski. “We thought of French and Italian actresses who had iconic looks. Megan is a little more high fashion in her approach to makeup compared to the other girls because she’s a lot younger – their makeup stays pretty consistent.”

Party look: “It was so mod – we used NARS Heart of Glass Eyeshadow, a pale blue shade, not too shimmery, with NARS Thunderball Eyeshadow in the crease, which was drawn in a thick line, smudged slightly, but left heavy enough to be very mod. Like Twiggy. I lined her eyes with NARS Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo. I used NARS Desire Blush on her cheeks, and NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil on her lips.”

Office look: “She’s very basic in the office – very little foundation, a little black eyeliner, and NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil every day. I also love to use NARS Madrague Duo Eyeshadow. In the first scene in the office, she’s wearing NARS Lili Marlene Cream Eyeshadow on the eyelid with Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo applied in a thick black line.”

Joan Harris (played by Christina Hendricks)
“You don’t see her in the office too much in the first episode – she’s at her apartment where she’s not wearing much makeup. Just a swipe of NARS Dolce Vita Blush; and on her lips we like to apply NARS Pop Life Velvet Matte Lip Pencil but blotted down to a stain, or NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.”

And to keep the actresses’ skin perfect? Lana swears by Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. “I am obsessed with the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. It creates a flawless canvas on all ages and skin types.  I love its durability on set and that after an 18 hour shoot day my actors never complain about their makeup feeling too heavy or cakey.”

Can’t get enough of Mad Men? Remember to check out the Estee Lauder x Mad Men Collection as well!

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Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Fall 2011 Collection Reviews and Photos

July 30th, 2011

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Inspired by the creative reflections found in modern architecture, Estee Lauder‘s Tom Pecheux brings us Modern Mercury, a gorgeous fall color collection with metallic shades of gray and black for the eyes and matte lips on a soft, shimmering canvas.

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Fall 2011 Collection
The first to catch my eye was the Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée ($40). It comes in Estee Lauder’s signature gold compact with a round sponge applicator and is made from a combo of liquid, powder and gel. The color is a beautiful rosy tan that will work on all skin tones and you can use it all over, as an eyeshadow or a highlighter to make your cheekbones pop. It also creates a soft glow on the skin when applied dry and an intense flush of color when applied wet.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée
Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée

The new Pure Color Eye Shadow Duos ($30) are available in accentuating and contouring shades of gray and black. Modern Mercury pairs a shimmery silvery white with shimmery light gray while Black Chrome is a duo of satin black and shimmery pewter.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo in Modern Mercury
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo in Black Chrome

The limited-edition Pure Color Liquid Eyeliners ($21) come with a felt-tip applicator just like the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner that came out this summer. There are three highly pearlized shades to choose from and Graphite is a beautiful gray with fine shimmer. I love that it applies smoothly and easily with great color pay-off while managing to stay on the whole day without smudging or moving the slightest, even in this 90F weather.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Graphite Liquid Eyeliner

Finally, there are the new Pure Color Velvet Lipsticks ($24). Unlike the Pure Color Long Lasting Lipsticks and Pure Color Gloss Sticks I love, they come in a new, soft matte formula. Yet the texture is super creamy and apply semi-opaque and non-drying on my lips. Nude Velvet, my favorite, is a gorgeous pink beige and Fuchsia Velvet is a beautiful magenta. Both colors go perfectly with the duos and I will definitely see myself reaching for them a lot.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipsticks
Nude Velvet and Fuchsia Velvet

Check back for a FOTD using these products!

The Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Fall 2011 Collection is now available at and Estee Lauder counters nationwide.

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