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Backstage Beauty: Burberry Prorsum

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While many labels have shifted to favor the avant-garde face, Burberry Prorsum is generally a show at which beauty is held in high priority. The Burberry girl is, after all, inherently pretty in the most natural way. Think spokesmodel for the Body fragrance, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a woman on whom clothes seem superfluous — just a trenchcoat will do. Casual hair, a natural lip, and expertly blended neutral smokes all but comprise the Burberry muse. Keep reading »

Style Stealer: Preen’s Easy Runway ‘Do


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One of our favorite trends from the fall 2010 runways was the plethora of easy-going hairstyles. The epic, totally un-doable up-do was an unusual sight as high-maintenance hair faded into the distant fashion past. Even the most complicated styles rarely involved more than a little mousse and a rubber band! Check out the video above for a five-minute hairstyle stolen straight from Preen’s runway show and explained by stylist Luke Hersheson, the dude who first thought of the look. [Modelinia] Keep reading »

Check This Out: Model Makeovers

Love runway makeup? And models sans fards? If you haven’t seen “Model Morphosis,” a new-ish T Magazine blog feature, you must check it out immediately. Photographer Greg Kessler captures models backstage as they arrive at shows, then snaps their transformations after they’ve sat in the chairs of some of the most major makeup artists in the world. While it is endlessly fascinating, sadly, it does not back up the popular misconception that models are plain Janes without the hair and makeup and designer threads. They’re actually completely gorgeous and striking. (And that’s why they’re models, folks!) After the jump, another before-and-after. [T Magazine Blog] Keep reading »

Pro Trick To Get Lips Their Darkest Aubergine

Besides all the signature zigzag prints and tribal silhouettes, the real star of Missoni‘s Fall 2010 show was (for me anyway), the deep, dark eggplant-hued lips the models sported in what MAC makeup artist Lucia Peroni called “A little bit Scottish, a little Masai, a little punk.” Sounds good to me. I’m a little obsessed because I’ve always been drawn to lip shades in blackberries and deep plums–must be my junior high goth roots–but Lucia’s mix is ultra arresting and looks really unique. To get the look she used MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony, mixed Lipsticks in Cyber and Hang-Up and blended them into the lips with a brush, then applied Matte on top to get rid of any and all shine. How ’bout that! Black eye liner to get your darkest plum! Love it. Will I be wearing this look to work Monday? Not bloody likely, but I may do some experimenting this weekend. Keep reading »

Hang Nails At Gareth Pugh

Models wore chain-embellished clothes at the Gareth Pugh show in Paris earlier this week, so nail pro Marian Newman for Creative Nail Design extended the look to their nails, too. These hanging chains are the latest in the recent crop of textured nails during 2010′s various fashion weeks. Keep reading to see the shorter “daytime” version of the look. Keep reading »

Shop The Products Makeup Artists Really Use Backstage

If you’re backstage beauty junkies like we are, you might wanna jump on this deal ASAP. MAC & Milk are definitely the cool kids during Fashion Week–Milk Studios founder/Creative Director Mazdack Rassi likens their space to MoMA as opposed to Bryant Park’s Met–and we love going behind the scenes to see what brilliant MAC makeup artists are slathering on all the gorgeous young things’ faces. While they tend to use products from the Pro line, which can be somewhat difficult for non-professionals to snag, this season they’ve developed a collection of backstage makeup kit staples available exclusively online. Some of the standouts that we’ll be ordering? Amelia and I are super obsessed with Strobe Cream, $29.50, a primer that makes even the dullest complexions look like they’re literally glowing, and you can’t go wrong with their Kohl Pencil in Smolder, $14.50, an intense, runway-worthy black, and Pro Lipstick in peachy nude Fleckletone, $14. Shop the entire collection here. Keep reading »

“Gossip Girl”-Style Camping At Isaac Mizrahi?

It was the last day of Fashion Week, and despite having to hobble around on heels that made our feet burn, backstage at Isaac Mizrahi’s show was coolishly refreshing. Because Isaac cited “camping on the Upper East Side” of Manhattan as part of the inspiration for his fall collection, makeup artist Val Garland made them look as chilly as they would if they were sleeping outdoors on one of New York’s coldest evenings. She used MAC Prep and Prime powder to matte-ify the skin and create what she called an all-around “frosty and frozen” look, applied Vanilla Eye Shadow to lighten the models’ lids, and used Lip Pencil in Naked, which is actually really wearable and pretty. We’re not sure we’ll go full-on ice queen (or go camping uptown anytime soon), but Val’s perfectly matte, nude lips were inspiring. Keep reading »

The Sleek Lip Show At Davidelfin

Makeup artist Gregory Arlt dubbed the Davidelfin fall 2010 beauty look the “lip show” because, as you guessed it, the makeup was all about lipstick. Most of the Davidelfin collection is black, but Gregory said he was inspired by two magenta coats, so he created a full lip to match. He first applied the Process Magenta Paint Stick from the MAC Pro line (we non-professionals can use the MAC lipstick in Lustering for the same effect). Then, he dabbed the Show Orchid lipstick on top. The combo of both of these pigments created a neon fuchsia, which is a departure from the typical fall lip colors of burgundy, blood red, and classic red. To keep the focus on the lip, Gregory left the skin and eyes “cold” with little to no color. The skin was moisturized with Studio Moisture Fix, and then he applied Face and Body Foundation. The foundation was set with Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which Gregory calls “the all you need powder” because it doesn’t look like powder, but also buffs away the rubbery texture of foundation. The cheeks were left bare; instead he contoured them following the natural bone structure of the models. He defined the eyes by applying an eyeshadow that matched the models’ skin tone and then applied a darker but also natural-looking shadow into the creases. Gregory also applied concealer to the eyebrows to give them a bleached look, but he doesn’t recommend this for regular women — it’s purely for the runway. With a lip this bold, the hair was left sleek and simple with a low, braided ponytail. Check out more photos after the jump. Keep reading »

Candlelit Beauties At Carlos Miele

Brazilian designer Carlos Miele’s show was colorful and playful, but the makeup was warm and golden and all woman. Maybelline New York makeup artist Gato Ruben Zamora told us he wanted the models — most of whom are teenage girls — to look a little more grown-up, like “beautiful women.” He created a totally wearable, sophisticated palette using Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation as a base, which is a product that I personally love because it glides on so smoothly (yeah, like buttah!) and makes your complexion look flawless. He smudged Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Give Me Gold on the eyes and a touch of Shine Sensational Lip Gloss in Minty Sheer on the girls’–sorry, make that women’s–cheekbones and eyes for a slightly dewy effect. The overall effect was candlelit and very, very beautiful indeed. Keep reading »

At Sophie Theallet, The “Farm Girl Goes To The City”

If you don’t know the designer Sophie Theallet’s name yet, you will. She won a Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award last year, Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley were in her front row (alongside a gaggle of Saudi Arabian princesses), and influential fashion consultant Robert Burke called her fall runway “the most sophisticated collection of the week.” Likewise, if you don’t know the name Stephane Marais already, you really should. He’s one of the most brilliant makeup artists working today, and our jaws dropped at the beauty look he created for Sophie’s show. Peach and pink can be tricky together, but obviously, Stephane can handle it. Not that it’s easy for us mortals: He used MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown smoothed into the lid crease, then blended Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk and Pro Studio powder in Gold with Pro Mixing Medium and applied it to the top and bottom lashlines. The lips are a little easier. He took MAC Lipstick in Amorous and pressed it into the lip to give it a stained look. That’s one sophisticated farm girl if you ask us. Keep reading »

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