Baby Phat Gets All Exotic With Beauty Cues From Morocco

The beauty look of the models at the Baby Phat fashion show captured the Moroccan essence of the collection. True to Baby Phat form, the sex-factor was also a huge focus. But I wonder how the beauty team was able to get anything done because the teensy-tiny hair and makeup area was shear pandemonium. Well, maybe it was more like an ordered chaos with hair and makeup brushes going in every direction while flashbulbs went off every second. I had to sneak behind curtains and stand on a chair in four-inch heels to get my own shots. But I couldn’t slink my way into the crowd that mobbed Kim Kardashian when she appeared. Sadly, my photo of her isn’t fit to publish. Music by Jay-Z blasting from unseen speakers helped keep the mood festively frenzied. PS. Where the you-know-what was Kimora? Luckily, I was able to score some cool beauty secrets. Keep reading for how you can get a look that oozes opulence and sex appeal.MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos, who also created an easily adoptable makeup look for Preen, said he was inspired by style icon Talitha Getty in Marrakech during the ’60s. Her luxurious hippie look, captured in the famous photo of Getty with her husband John Paul atop a Marrakech rooftop, still inspires to this day. But Kaliardos created a much heavier eye for his modern iteration of the Moroccan look. First, M.A.C. eyeshadow in Deep Truth, a true dark blue, was applied all over the lid up to the brow bone and along the lower lash. Then, the upper lash-line was lined with Fluidline eyeliner in Waveline. A violet liner was also applied to the inner corners of the eye. And a dusting of gold pigment along the brow bone completed this very strong cat eye. Foundation and contouring helped achieve flawless, sun-kissed skin, which Kaliardos says is a lot for pale skin to handle but looks fantastic on darker-skinned models. The cheekbones were highlighted by a bit of pink over the bronzer. Lips were covered in glossy pink LipGelee.

Legendary stylist Odile Gilbert used MoroccanOil products and mounds and mounds of hair to create a soft style that also captured the sex appeal and glamour of the collection. Hair was braided across the front of the head to provide contrast to the soft curls in the back. First, ultra-light MoroccanOil Treatment was applied to the hair and hair extensions; then the hair was blow-dried. The result was a natural-looking, silky finish that didn’t weigh the hair down and helped to blend the extensions into the models’ hair. Moroccan Luminous Hair Spray was then applied to prep the hair for curling using a two-inch curling iron. The front of the hair was French braided from side to side, and the curls were gently brushed out to complete the look. It took a half hour to do each model’s hair, according to Gilbert.

Even the nails reflected Morocco. Manicurist Kristen Estabrooks looked at the bold patterns and jewelry of the Baby Phat collection and chose, along with designer Kimora Lee Simmons of course, CND Nail Polish in Gold Chrome for the fingernails. She said gold, in its raw form, is very shiny — her color choice ties in with the glitz of Baby Phat. The nails looked as if they were draped in gold leaf. Gold Chrome was also used on the toenails, but it was combined with Gold Pearl, one of CND’s Effects Nail Polishes, to get a gold-wash effect.

This look definitely isn’t for the faint of heart or those without a team of beauty experts at their disposal. However, it does exemplify the “fabulosity” that Kimora aims to bring to everyday women with her line.

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