If designer Zac Posen’s Fall 2013 collection is any indicator of beauty trends to come, burgundy is about to have a major moment. Backstage models were sporting glossy, port-wine manis and deep plum lips. Essie’s lead manicurist Michelle Saunders told us that the lacquer hue was chosen to match several evening dresses in the designer’s collection.
To create the look, Saunders and her crew applied two coats of essie’s Carry On. The crimson shade looked smashing, and its very apt name appropriately described the post-Nemo mood backstage.
MAC’s key makeup artist Kabuki contrasted ethereal white eye shadow with a wow-factor pout to build on the collection’s rich color story, outlining lips with the Pencil NC15 in Vino Lip Liner to keep lipstick smudge- and crease-free. Next, he applied MAC’s Lip Mix in Burgundy with a slim makeup brush.
Elaborating on the color, Kabuki explained, “I had Tilda Swinton in the back of my mind.” The finished look definitely evoked the regal actress’s elegance and boldness.
The Suede-Wrapped Ponys At Monique Lhuillier Were Entirely Too Cool
Usually when ribbon is used in hair, it’s fastened into a girlish bow around a ponytail, but such was not the case at Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2013 show. Kerastase’s lead stylist Odile Gilbert and her army of assistants used black suede ribbon in a very creative way to achieve low twisty knots that were completely wrapped in the fabric.
Gilbert and her team created the elegant ‘dos by first misting the models’ hair with water. After adding a deep side part, the wet hair was pulled back into a low ponytail and secured with an elastic. Finally, buttery suede ribbon was wrapped around the pony and then the pony was twisted up into a chic knot and secured with bobby pins. Any stray strands were smoothed down with Kerastase’s DOUBLE FORCE hairspray. Odile explained that the resulting look was, “elegant without being too understated.” We couldn’t agree more.
Pale Skin, Red Eyes, Windblown Hair, and Gothic Veiled Nails at Ruffian
At Ruffian’s F/W ‘13 show today, the theme of Scottish moors meets Victorian Gothic was carried through the makeup, hair, and nails. Backstage makeup artist James Kaliardos for M.A.C Cosmetics used Love’s Lure, a new muted crimson shade, on both eyes and cheeks to give them an otherworldly look. Then, he layered Red Statement and Fashion Scene on the lips for a multidimensional stain.
Neil Moodie for Bumble & Bumble created a windblown “modern day Snow White meets Victorian girl on the Scottish Highlands” look. He pinned the backs of the models’ hair into low buns, then crimped the front from mid-lengths through the ends. He finished by brushing it out to create a slightly frizzy texture.
Keri Blair, the lead manicurist for M.A.C Cosmetics, designed “gothic veil” nails for the show. First, fake nails were painted with Nocturnal and a clear coat. Then, small pieces of black tulle were affixed to each nail. On each hand, Blair created a statement nail using miniature cameos and pieces of tulle to create mini black veils.
Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.
Considering it’s Black Friday and you’re all undoubtedly scouring stores for killer deals (report back!), I thought I’d take the day’s name to heart as color inspiration—for lips! Yep, I’m going there: the vampy, brooding, almost-black lips we saw all over the fall runways. From deep wines to cherry blacks, here are my of-the-moment picks for keeping the pout chic, but not too gothic. (C’mon, you know you have to at least try this dusky, seductive lipstick craze!)
Girl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham, created an online community for women to talk about the latest in fashion, beauty, food, and more. The site boasts jet-setting writers who are based in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, all of whom have the insider deets on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.
Friends regularly ask me two questions: “Are you wearing fake eyelashes?” and “What do you do to your eyelashes to make them so big?”
I’m not one to spend too much time getting ready in the morning, but this is the one step that I’m willing to spend an extra 60 seconds on in my makeup routine everyday—the results are totally worth it. Watch the video above for a step-by-step tutorial, and be sure to check out the end to see the eye-popping effect!
One of the more novel beauty trends we saw emerge from the spring 2013 runways in New York was blue eye shadow. Sure, it’s been done before (we’re children of the ’80s so we know this shade well), but it hasn’t been mainstream for a long time. Plus, this modern incarnation is extremely wearable.
If you’re as excited as we are about the revival of pretty blues, you’ll be psyched to know it’s a shade that works year-round. We asked our web producer, Alicia, to give it a try (she’s a makeup junkie if ever there were one) in a way that’s very fall appropriate. Click through for her best tips and remember: when you’re rocking an unusual color on your lids, keep the rest of your makeup minimal!
Left: Blue eye shadow look from Tibi’s spring 2013 show. Right: Web producer, Alicia.(Photos: Birchbox)
1) Prime your eyes. This will increase the staying power of your look and prevent any unnecessary smudging.
2) Begin with a medium matte blue eyeshadow. I used MAC’s Blue Spill. Using a flat dense synthetic brush, lightly swipe color onto your lids. The trick is to avoid being heavy-handed—you want just a light wash of blue shadow, nothing intense or dramatic.
4) To add some dimension and open up the eyes, I added a Bobbi Brown’s Cornflower Blue (pale sky blue) eyeshadow to the inner corners of my eyes.
4) This look focuses on the blue eye shadow so only use a very sharp eyeliner pencil just to fill in any gaps between your lashes. Make small dashes directly into your lash line. You do not want visible liner. Add a small amount of mascara to just coat lashes.