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Bobbi Brown Was All About The Eyes At Halston

Bobbi Brown backstage at the Halston presentation last night.

Even though New York Fashion Week doesn’t officially end until tomorrow, I went backstage for my final time this season at last night’s Halston presentation. Finishing on a high note, I was able to secure an interview with one of my all-time favorite beauty gurus, Bobbi Brown, who was doing the makeup. “The inspiration and the four-hour shoot that we did on Saturday is not actually what we did,” admitted Brown as she talked about the test she did with the models only a few days prior. “I changed the look today because we did the makeup on a Saturday afternoon in a very bright spot and the lighting was very shadowy. It just didn’t work for right now.” I could tell exactly what she meant — it was just after 6pm when I chatted with her and it was already pitch black outside.

So what did she finally settle on? “The look is a very, very clean, fresh natural look to the skin, but a strong eye,” explained Brown. “So it’s as if the girl came home very late, had to go to a party, put this amazing dress on and had only a second to do her makeup.” Considering that I am always on the hunt for tips on how to get a sexy evening look in a flash, I was all ears as she shared this imaginary woman’s process. “So she took a black pencil to the inside of her eye and on top, a couple coats of a very, very glamorous mascara, did a quick eyebrow, a little bit of lip balm and ran out the door,” she said.

A Bobbi Brown makeup artist putting the finishing touches on the look.

Upon closer inspection, it was obvious that the eyes were the focus, but the dewy skin was equally as captivating. Not surprisingly, when I asked Brown what key was to creating this look, she talked about the skin. “The most important products are really the ones you can’t see: concealer and foundation” said Brown. “If the concealer and foundation aren’t right, the look looks a little bit too edgy, and it’s not elegant and pretty.” Since I never know if I am using the right concealer for my skin tone, I just had to find out if she had any tips for me. “To find the right concealer, you need to go one shade lighter than your foundation,” she explained. Good to know—I need to look more bright-eyed and awake after the last few hectic days of running to and from shows! 

—Meredith

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