The Best Beauty Looks of NYFW

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What a week! Another successful NYFW is officially in the books and I’m still drooling over the beauty looks I saw on catwalks across Manhattan over the past few days. In addition to the looks you’ve already read me obsess over (nails at Nicole Miller, hair at Herve Leger, makeup at Badgley Mischka) here are the rest of my fav looks I saw at the SS16 shows…

Makeup at Hood By Air


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I see what you did there, Hood By Air. The makeup team made a huge statement with this graphic, exaggerated (and purposely unblended) contour creation. It’s hard to ignore that this look addresses the mainstream obsession with highlighting and shading a la Instagram. (Or at least, that was my interpretation when I saw it.) Lead artist Inge Grognard described it as “natural beauties defying the boundaries of highlighting and contouring to enhance their features.”  She used the process of sculpting the face by playing with graphism, using the following products: MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palettes, Prep + Prime Highlighters, MAC Pro Paint Sticks, MAC Pro Full Coverage Foundation White, Invisible Set Powder, and Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. It was a bold move and I loved it!

Nails at Tanya Taylor

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One thing rang loud and clear in the world of nail trends at NYFW and that is nail art is not dead! Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole created this striped design to complement Tanya Taylor’s bright collection. Arm Candy, Kook A Mango, Ruby Do, Water Color, and In Full Blue-m are the trend-setting shades she used to achieve this exclusive look. Madeline explained, “Tanya’s collection is an homage to the hand-made textiles, delicate beadwork and vivid dyes used in Africa, and I wanted to continue that aesthetic. I designed a striped nail look that mimics the multicolored, layered jewelry of the Maasai people, giving each model her own unique combination of five different stripe colors in various thicknesses.”

Hair at Phillip Lim

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Wella Professionals lead stylist Paul Hanlon created the perfect balance of street style and elegance at the Phillip Lim 10th Anniversary show, “Stop and Smell the Flowers.” He took the undone sportiness of a bun and added netting to the front of the head for a beautiful juxtaposition of contrasting themes. Paul crafted this look by applying Wella’s new EIMI Extra Volume Mousse throughout the hair to create texture. He then added flat S shape waves with a flat iron to create movement and twisted the hair into a low messy bun, leaving ends out and separated. He sealed the look with hairspray and fastened a square of netting across the head, slightly offset, for the perfect finishing touch.

Makeup at Marchesa

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Inspired by Marchesa’s pastels, the incredible Gucci Westman created a look to mirror the effect of the collection. The makeup design featured luminous skin, subtle eyes, and a powerful pop of pink on the lips. Gucci used MAC Strobe Cream (which is the best stuff ever, by the way) as a subtle highlight above the upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, and chin. Pro Longwear Concealer was applied as needed to perfect and Sculpting Powder Pro Palette was blended under the cheekbones to contour. MAC Pro Mixing Medium was applied over the entire eye for added dimension and shine. The star of this look was the perfect pink lip, created by To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor (available spring/summer 2016) blended from the outer corners inward to accentuate lips. Girl About Town and Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick was then applied over to intensify and finish.

Nails at the Blonds

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Inspired by Cleopatra, the Sphinx and various elements of Egyptology, the fashion and nails at The Blonds show can be described as dramatic handcrafted treasures. Completing the designers’ runway looks with a distinct nail style on every model, CND nail artists hand-sculpted the nails and embellishments with CND Liquid & Powder and Brisa Gel, then added layers of color with Shellac Nail ColorVinylux Weekly Polish and CND Additives. Royal golden tones ruled the color palette while accents of blue, turquoise, red and green added texture and dimension. Hieroglyphics, snake skins, and beetles were constructed with an array of unconventional materials, including feathers, foils, ribbons, chains, and jewels. “The CND team never ceases to amaze us with their unique creative vision. If we can dream it, they can bring it to life,” said The Blonds designer David Blond.

Hair at DVF

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I adore Diane Von Furstenberg’s designs and I loved the beauty look that accompanied her new collection just as much! The inspiration came from Diane herself who collaborated with stylist Orlando Pita to execute her vision. “Whether in Ibiza, Portofino, Los Angeles, or Bali, I love seeing all the girls head out at night with their natural waves fresh from the beach, just tucked behind their ear with a flower, it reminded me of how I used to wear my own hair back in the 1970s and I wanted Orlando to inject that carefree vibe into the show,” Diane said. To get the look, Orlando prepped 2 inch sections with Make Waves Shaping Gel and Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream and twisted into a bun, repeating around the base of the neck to create rows of mini buns to set the hair. When dry, he unraveled each bun, pulling apart the hair twists. Then, he used a soft bristle brush to brush out the waves and lightly tease the front section to create soft volume. He finished the look by tucking the hair behind one ear and spraying Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray.

Makeup at Sally LaPointe

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Makeup Artist James Kalliardos describes the trend at Sally LaPointe as “Ethereal Rebel.” He blended MAC Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion into the skin to instantly hydrate with MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation lightly buffed over the skin to add texture. Highlight was added with Peach Strobe Cream Shade Extension (available winter 2016) over the upper cheekbones. Promise Me Velvetease Lip Pencil (available spring 2016) was blended over the entire lip for a soft, natural look. The ends of the brows were embellished with sequins to complete – my favorite part!

Nails at Desigual

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The denim embellished nails at Desigual looked awesome against the new spring/summer collection on the runway. Nail artist Keri Blair described it as, “A bit 90’s grunge, a bit Kawaii, a bit Barcelona girl… This is where art meets craft.” Actual white and dark rinse denim were used to cover nails, then distressed to appear worn-in, like your fav pair of jeansOrigami paper manipulated into shapes inspired by collage artists were then used to accent the thumb and ring fingers.

Makeup at Alice + Olivia

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Stila Cosmetics’ Global Director of Creative Artistry Sarah Lucero lead the charge behind the scenes at Alice + Olivia. The trend inspiration for this show was “Desert Goddess.” Sarah used the Stila Magnificent Metal eyeshadows in comex gold and gilded gold to encrust the eye in gold and hit the top points of the face, giving the illusion of desert sun gleaming off the skin. She created dimension by using the Custom Contour Duo and Kitten shimmer. Lips were done using Stila Stay All Day Lipstick which is quite possibly my favorite liquid lipstick of all time. The shade she chose for the Alice + Olivia show, Dolce, is beautiful and complemented the overall look perfectly. Love!

Everything at Jeremy Scott

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No literally, everything at Jeremy Scott was on point at Fashion Week. The standout elements of this look, for me, were the eyes, lips, and hair.

According to stellar makeup artist Kabuki, her inspiration for the makeup was “East Village party girls of the ‘80s who love playing dress-up in ‘60s vintage.”  Kabuki used MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline and On the Hunt Superslick Liquid Eyeliner were used to create the “fishtail” eyeliner above and below the eye. A custom coral blend featuring MAC Pro Lipmix in orange, white and nude, was applied over the natural shape of the lips to finish.

The hair was created by Wella’s Global Creative Director Eugene Souleiman who took inspiration from the heroine of John Waters’ iconic film ‘Hairspray’, Tracy Turnblatt, and the bouffant-haired beauties of bands like The Supremes, The B-52s and The Go-Gos. “Building on the late-50s-meets-80s Americana influence that Jeremy loves, we created a caricature of that classic John Waters look, with masses of graphic, structured volume at the roots, set off by incredibly soft and bouncy movement through the lengths,” Eugene said. He prepped the hair with Wella EIMI Root Shoot and Sugar Lift for maximum volume then set into pin curls. After the hair was dry and set, he backcombed into a gravity defying bouffant at the crown.

At NYFW, we go big or go home! Can’t wait to see all of these stunning runway beauty looks translated for everyday wear in a few months. But first, Fall. 😉

Get the Look: Badgley Mischka Makeup

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The makeup looks at New York Fashion Week ranged from barely there to overloaded. Backstage at Badgley Mischka though, the makeup team struck the perfect balance. The simple yet effective makeup design, executed by the stellar MAC Cosmetics crew lead by makeup icon Tom Pecheux, shined in the spotlight. Tom created a fresh look he described as “youthful and natural, but colorful.” It was all about that dewy, perfectly strobed and balanced complexion with a power pop of color on the lips.

Here’s how he did it:


Step 1: Massage Studio Moisture Cream into skin to hydrate, soften and prepare.

Step 2: Blend Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation over the face to even and tone, using the 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

Step 3: Appy Climax Pro Sculpting Crème (available spring/summer 2016) over the upper cheekbones to highlight.

Step 4: Blend Crevasse Pro Sculpting Crème (available spring/summer 2016) under the cheekbones to contour.

Step 5: Curl lashes with the Full Lash Curler to lift and open the eyes.

Step 6: Blend Crevasse Pro Sculpting Crème over the eyelid with Joy Toy Foiled Shadow (both available spring/summer 2016).

Step 7: Apply Peach Strobe Cream Shade Extension (available winter 2016) over the eye for added dimension and shine.

Step 8: Apply Climax Pro Sculpting Crème (available spring/summer 2016)  just beneath the brow to accentuate.

Step 9: Fill in brows as needed and define with eye shadow to perfect.

Step 10: Mix Rich & Restless and To Matte with Love MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor (available spring 2016) together and apply over the lips to finish.

MAC Launching Simpsons Collection at Comic Con in San Diego This Weekend

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Move over Rihanna, Marge Simpson is MAC Cosmetics’ newest beauty muse. As if I wasn’t already suffering from a serious case of Comic Con FOMO (fear of missing out, that is), this collection will debut exclusively at the event on Saturday at a MAC popup shop.

The ten piece collection will feature eye shadows, lip glasses, nail stickers, blushes and false lashes. Here’s a sneak peek at the Simpsons inspired goodies:


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MAC x Marge Simpson will be available to the rest of the world online August 28th and in stores on September 4th.

If any of you are going to Comic Con, please check out these products for me and also tell Alexander Skarsgard I say hello. Unrelated, but equally important. Please and thank you.

MAC Cosmetics Launching Limited Edition Lorde Collection this Summer

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Lips meet Lorde’s individual style in a limited-edition collaboration debuting online and in select stores this summer. Ignite your look with deep, plum Pure Heroine, the signature shade of pop’s coolest ingénue. Here’s a peek at the exclusive products in this small, but fierce collection:

Lipstick ($16)


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PURE HEROINE: Deep plum (amplified)

Penultimate Eye Liner ($19.50)

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RAPIDBLACK: True black

These products will  be available June 5 at maccosmetics.com. For those of you who live in my favorite city, the Lorde collection will also be available at M·A·C Times Square and M·A·C Fifth Ave. 😉

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love it or hate it, V-day is a great excuse to get your flirt on, enhance that romantic glow, and embrace the season’s girliest shades. Here are my picks for the best of Valentine’s Day beauty…

Violent Lips Queen of Hearts Set

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Violent Lips carries tattoos for every occasion! I wear these all the time and I absolutely love them. They are totally fun and unique. Everyone will wonder how you did it, too! The Queen of Hearts set contains two different prints perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Adored

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Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish. This perfectly pink cheek color is especially perfect if you’re running right from the office to your dinner date. The awesome stay-put formula keeps your rosy glow going for 12 hours!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

 

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This is perfect for creating a glossy, sexy pout. It’s a champagne grape-infused lip vinyl with a shimmery wash of lust-worthy, sheer-coverage color. This lightly pigmented, plumping formula is infused with antioxidants, essential oils, and a hint of effervescence for a perfect pout with the highest shine.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

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The Naked palettes reached cult status almost instantly. The latest in Urban Decay’s collection is the Naked3 which features neutrals that are on the rosier side – perfect for creating soft, romantic looks.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

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Seriously, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic red lip on Valentine’s Day. Rihanna’s answer to the Viva Glam lippies is the perfect shade, a bold blue-red, for the job. And like all of the Vivas before it, every cent of its selling price goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

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This has V-Day written all over it! Enhance that romantic glow with these multicolored heart pearls. This stuff sets makeup and provides just a hint of shimmer. Inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden-dusk colors, this face powder also illuminates and brightens for a romantic lit-from-within finish.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Je T’aime IZAK Brush Set

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This limited-edition on-the-go brush set and case features exclusive Izak Zenou designs. This set of five brushes covers all the basics and comes in a stylish soft case, making it the perfect grab-and-go organizer.

NARS Nail Polish in Jungle Red

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This is one of my absolute favorite classic reds. It’s perfection and wearable for any day, not just Valentine’s Day. Need I say more?

Lancome ‘Rouge in Love – French Ballerine’ Lipstick Rosy Rouge

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God, I love me some Lancome. This collection of radiant, high-potency colors, with up to six hours of wear, is feather-light and offers serious comfort. I love Rosy Rouge, a petal pink. (And I think everything sounds more romantic with a French accent.)

Philosophy My Heart To Yours Set

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A sweetly scented trio featuring a three-in-one formula, rich body lotion, and high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine. All three are scented with a sweet citrus vanilla scent. Together, this pleasantly scented trio makes the perfect gift for any sweetheart!