At last week’s Birchbox video shoot, we were lucky enough to have the fabulously talented Reiva Cruze on set. In addition to rocking some seriously stylish turquoise specs from Xray, she also shared some of her pro tips.
Cruze, with her awesome Xray glasses, at our shoot.
Cruze is a master at airbrushing and loves the way it looks. But she knows that most people aren’t attempting to do it themselves. She says you can get a similar effect by using airbrush foundations as tinted moisturizer—just smooth it on with your fingers or a synthetic foundation brush. Or, for a more sheer look, Cruze likes to mix the foundation with a silicone-based primer like Temptu Pro’s S/B Primer.
Last week, I was in San Diego and got to hang out with awesome makeup artist Levi Vieira. In addition to showing me his Temptu airbrushing skills, Vieira shared his must-have product with me: Lucas Papaw Ointment. Made from Australian papaw plants, the thick salve heals chapped lips, minor cuts, and even sunburns. It resuscitated my dry lips and cuticles almost immediately without feeling overly greasy. The catch? I haven’t found a place to buy it in New York City yet.
Have you seen this in any beauty boutiques? Tell me in the comments!
Another imported skin-saver: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm.
"It’s very Art Deco meets Navajo Indian," said Bumble and bumble editorial stylist Neil Moodie of the hair look at today’s Hervé Léger show. After preparing the hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Prep Spray and Styling Lotion, stylists pulled the hair back into three separate ponytails and attached them all together. “You get this very sort of streamlined, sort of structure running over the back of the head,” explained Moodie. The result was a very edgy and wearable look. (Bonus: It’s not that hard to do yourself, so now I just need to figure out the right outfit to give this look a whirl.)
As excited as I was for more hair inspiration, I was even more thrilled to find out that the makeup look had a major emphasis on the brows. “Our inspiration is a very strong woman so there is a focus on beautiful clean skin and a strong brow,” said Corey Bishop, the global lead artist for Temptu. He assured me that brows are going to be “all the rage” again for spring and that airbrushing is a great way to fill them in and define them. “We don’t want a chiseled theatrical brow,” explained Bishop. “With the airbrush, you get kind of a diffused edge on both side, so it gives it the strength without the drawn-on kind of fake look.”
If you don’t own a airbrushing machine, but want beautiful brows, check out our offerings from Anastasia.
Sporty was the word on everyone’s lips backstage at Pier 57 before the Helmut Lang show this morning. Both the hair and makeup were designed to complement the clothes and maintain the distinct Helmut Lang aesthetic.
Stylist Paul Hanlon, of TIGI, created a look for the hair that was greasy, slicked back and looked as though the models had been out “head-banging at a rock concert all night” before scraping their hair back with their fingers and tying it into a messy bun. Hanlon prepped each model’s hair with Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray to give it texture before working nearly an entire tube of Catwalk Session Series Styling Cream into the hair. Stylists worked the product in with their fingers and pulled hair back into tight buns, leaving the long, uneven ends loose and finishing with a shine spray.
The makeup, designed by Lisa Butler for Temptu, was similarly aggressive with strong brows that were sprayed on and eye shadow that covered the entire lid. As makeup artist Cory Bishop put it, sporty isn’t necessarily pretty. Still, with neutral colors, a light creamy lip, hydrated skin, and just a touch of “sunset glow” highlighter on the cheeks, the makeup was infinitely more wearable than the hair.
Keep checking back for more of our NYFW coverage all week and visit Birchbox.com to see our special FNO Limited Edition box!