Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 New York Fashion Week SS 2019
Designer: Michael Costello
Hair Stylist: Peter Gray
Brand: NuMe

Michael Costello's spring 2019 collection was an absolutely bohemian dream. From the beautifully flowing, vividly colored dresses to the equally brightly-hued accessories, this collections delivered high-energy dresses that screamed bold confidence with dramatic movement. While the stunning voluminous dresses and poppy tropical color palette dazzled on the runway, hair stylist Peter Gray made sure the hair look for Costello's show playfully complemented the thrilling collection in an effortless fashion. 

Using Nume's high-quality hot hair tools, Peter created a hair look displaying bohemian elements while it freely flowed with his beautifully billowy designs. When discussing his inspiration on the chosen hair look, Peter wanted the look to ultimately look uncomplicated. "The look is fun, a modern twist on the gypsy hairstyle that incorporates effortless waves and braids," said Gray. This is how he achieved this look: 

Prior to styling the hair with hot tools, each models hair was primed with NuME Hi! And Dry Blow Dry Cream. Applying the product to damp hair and allowing it to settle in for a few moments helped boost the volume of the hair while texturizing it and adding a bit of lift. 

Once prepped, the hair was sectioned into smaller, manageable divisions for drying. To get an even, smooth blowout, each section was expertly wrapped around a NuMe Ionic Round Brush and blow dried using a NuMe Technique Dryer. Each section was completely dried, starting at the roots and making sure to swiftly pull the round brush away from the hairline with each section. Before moving along to the next section, NuMe Root Werk was sprayed onto the roots for additional body and lasting volume. Once the hair was fully blow dried, NuMe Hair-Fie Ready Finishing Spray was applied to the hair for a touch of sheen, lasting hold and served as a perfect primer for curling the hair.

To style the freshly blown out tresses, the hair was once again sectioned off and curled using the NuMe Octowand 32mm barrel curling wand. As each curl was set around the wand and released, each stylist evenly recoiled each curl and clipped up each to set and cool. Once the hair was curled and set, the hair were let down and softly brushed out with a comb. For an added boho accent, small front-sections of hair were braided and delicately pulled back and pinned. 

The finished look was given yet another layer of texture by rubbing NuMe The Dry Shampoo is Everything into the hair with their hands.The effortless yet chic look was locked in with a generous spritz of NuMe Freeze Please Finishing Spray. Select models sported hair jewelry in the form of gold coins on colored thread for a gypsy element which tied in the essence of the collection.

Images courtesy of Michael Costello, Getty Images, Stephanie BC


New York Fashion Week SS 2019
DesignerSelf Portrait
Makeup Artist; Thomas de Kluyver
Brand: Maybelline New York

Self Portrait's ultra feminine deigns and beautiful use of elaborate fabrics always makes for a memorable presentation. His spring 2019 ready-to-wear show was no exception as it further defined the designer's brilliant vision of the youthful, feminine spirit. 

Stemming from this fresh philosophy, makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver wanted to create a look that complimented the collection while using shades and products in an unexpected fashion. 'I wanted to capture that moment when you're experimenting with makeup in the safety of your bedroom or bathroom," said Thomas. 

Thomas wanted the skin to look youthful and radiant. To achieve that ideal complexion he applied Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation on the skin and used Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer for an extra boost to the skin. The final result looked healthy and fresh.

There was no doubt that the exciting element to the beauty looks at Self Portrait were the unique graphic designs around the eyes. Thomas used Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Cashmere White to create five unique designs framing the eyes. Strategic lines were placed along the brow bone, tear duct and upper lash line in an almost experimental fashion which highlighted the shape of the eyes. For a more dramatic take on this vision, Thomas created a starburst-like arrangement along the outer eye area as one of the looks.
Backstage Beauty Tip: Thomas explained that the tip of the liner is key to creating this look. He advised a sharpened point helps create clean fine lines where as a blunt tip is best for creating thicker lines and angles.

Once the desired designs were achieved, he followed with mascara. Unlike the traditional application, Thomas concentrated Volum' Express The Falsies Washable Mascara to only the roots of the lashes which created subdued definition.

Girls walked the runway in two looks - bare and bold. Models sporting the graphic white eyeliner designs were sent off with lips coated in Baby Lips in Quenched which created a subtle shine. However, those with bare lids were given a more statement-making pout which was achieved by framing only the upper lip with SuperStay Matte Ink in Romantic. This precision product made application a breeze as its applicator features a tapered, arrow-like design.


Images Courtesy of Maybelline New York


New York Fashion Week SS 2019
Designer: Kith
Makeup Artist; Grace Lee
Brand: Maybelline New York

While subtle beauty look often leave the ensembles as the focal point during a show, I love when models strut down the runway sporting bold beauty looks. This cool, dramatic graphic smoky eye look paired beautifully with the unique and darkly hued designs of the Kith x Versace collection  (one of four collaborations presented).

The collection, which featured an array of personalities, featured multiple beauty look created by Grace Lee, makeup artist for Maybelline New York. This specific look was all about fresh skin, feathery brows and ultimately focused on the ultra cool winged eye look. Using versatile Maybelline products, here's how she created this look:

To avoid any fallout or smudges on freshly applied foundation, Grace began the look by creating the negative space winged eye makeup. Using the Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Sleek Onyx, she lined the upper lash line and blended the product out into the winged shape.
Backstage Beauty Tip: To achieve that sharp, clean edge, Grace suggests holding a tissue along the outer corner of the eye whilst lining. If that appears to be a bit too challenging, a perfect shape can also be created using the Facestudio Master Fixer Makeup Remover Pen.

Once complete, Grace framed the look by coating both the upper and lower lashes in few coats of Volum' Express The Falsies Washable Mascara in Blackest Black.

Moving on to the skin, Grace wanted the skin to look fresh and flawless without looking heavily concealed. To create that perfect complexion, she simply buffed the skin with Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation. Once applied, Grace wanted to sculpt the face much like the stunning 90s supermodels seen in George Michael's "Freedom! 90" music video and the Versace runway. To create  that iconic, subtle contour, she blended Facestudio Masterstudio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick under the cheekbones.

To create the lush, feathery brow look. Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil was used to fill in the lashes and the final shape was set with Great Lash Clear Mascara.

For the perfect nude lip, Grace blended two shades (Driver and Poet) of SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nude Liquid Lipstick onto the lips. For a muti-dimensional finish, Shine Compulsion Lipstick by Color Sensational in Baddest Beige was applied atop the nude lipstick blend.


Images courtesy of Maybelline New York

Jane Iredale's Sunny Mission of Giving Back and Making A Difference

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sunny PlayOn Lip Crayon | Jane Iredale
100% of profits to support various organizations that benefit women and girls

As a major fan of Jane Iredale, a natural beauty brand deeply rooted in philanthropy, I was so excited to get a chance to play with their new fall collection at this year's Indie Beauty Expo in NYC (more on that later). While there, I also had the opportunity to preview the brand's newest philanthropic launch.

The chic lip product, aptly named Sunny, is a lip crayon that softly glides on the lips and leaves behind a beautiful universally-flattering, creamy pink hue.

This product, which is part of Jane's newest charity initiative focuses on organizations which benefit women and girls around the country. It is a brilliantly bright campaign that promotes the positive progression of women through self-confidence and courage. Complete sales of this universal lip product will go towards female-centric organizations, which includes Look Good Feel Better, an amazing program which merges beauty and confidence in such a supportive and encouraging fashion. This exceptional organization is dedicated to women with cancer and helps create a brighter and more courageous future for each through beauty.

This wonderful organization is just one of the noteworthy programs included in Jane's Sunny charitable mission.While Jane's versatile, natural beauty and skincare range helps us put our best face forward, her latest beauty launch gives us a chance to let out inner beauty shine through generosity.

"Make your day a Sunny day and support a brighter future for women and girls"
-Jane Iredale

Image courtesy of Jane Iredale

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