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Jessica Alba in Nylon Magazine Photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett

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photographer: Marvin Scott Jarrett  /  hair: Andy LeCompte  /  stylists: Anda & Masha    
makeup: Fiona Stiles

I adore this lady..... Jessica Alba is smart as whip and has an amazing heart to boot.  This is not just a pretty face, even though her face is really, really pretty.  Every time I work with Jessica I learn something new...... a new beauty product, a new must have item for my daughter, a new book.  She is truly inspirational and I feel so lucky every time I get to work with her.

Get the Look: Gabrielle Union at the Met Ball

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hair: Larry Sims  //  dress: Prada

Gabrielle went to the Met Ball as a guest of Miuccia Prada wearing an incredible two piece bralette and skirt replete with feathers and mirrors.  Her hair was back in a braid, so her face took center stage.

The inspiration was simple, elegant, fierce beauty.  More editorial than red carpet, with a strong brow and nothing lip color, the soft smokey eye commanded all of the attention.  

I used a soft, domed brush for the eyes, pulling the shadow out to elongate the eyes. I also swept a good amount of shadow under the eyes, blending it low below the lash line. A strong brow defined her face and framed her eyes and a neutral lip kept the look understated.


Foundation:
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation in "Tan"

Cheeks: 
Neutrogena Blush & Bronzer in "Rosy Glow"

Eyes:
Neutrogena Crease Proof Shadow in "Constant Copper" mixed with "Stay Put Plum"

Mascara:
Neutrogena Healthy Volume in "Carbon Black"

Lips: 
Neutrogena Lip Balm in "Soft Caramel"




SLACKER

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To quote Fiona Apple, "I've been a bad. bad girl."

I have woefully neglected my blog since December.  Sometimes things just get away from you and life just got in the way of me doing my posts.  But now I'm back and I have some really yummy red carpet images and editorials to post so stay tuned.....!

x
Fiona

Get The Look : Elizabeth Banks at the NYC Premiere of Catching Fire

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hair: Matthew Monzon  /  stylist: Wendi & Nicole


The New York premiere was Elizabeth's final stop on the whirlwind Catching Fire press tour.  She had been wearing some insanely beautiful dresses and ended it on high note with this Jenny Peckham strapless number.  Honestly, when I saw all of the clothes that she was going to wear on the press tour, this is one of the ones I was the most excited about.  It's so chic and effortlessly cool.  I would totally wear this somewhere. 


With an outfit like this, you just want to look like the cool girl who turns up looking amazing, and is just like..."What?  Oh, this?  Yeah, I just thew this on....No big deal".  And for me that look is about flawless skin, a killer brow, mascara and a wicked lip.  No fussy pink cheek, no smokey eye, no gloss in sight.  Nothing girly or trying too hard. It just needs to look like you whacked on some mascara and a lip and walked out the door, but perfected.



I moisturized, applied the foundation and concealer, a touch of luminizer and then set it with a light dusting of powder.  I used a soft blush along her cheekbones, a bit behind the apples of the cheeks, for a more sophisticated blush.  A little shadow on the lid for a hint of definition and the lightest dusting of it under the lower lashes just to open the eyes up a bit before applying 3 coats of mascara on the top.  A very light swipe of a light brown mascara on the bottom lashes added a little pop to the eyes but didn't weigh things down.  And then a generous application of an orangey lip color, blotted to take down the shine and give a more velvet texture, finished off the look.

Moisturizer:
Yonka Pamplemousse

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Eclat # BR30

Concealer:
Hourglass Corrective Concealer in Natural

Highlighter:
mark. That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer

Powder:
Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent

Blush:
mark. Just Blushing in Lovespell

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde

Eyeshadow:
mark. I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Biscotti, Sugar Sugar & Pewter

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-Lash in Blacklash

Lips:
Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger



Get the Look: Elizabeth Banks at the Los Angeles Catching Fire Premiere

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hair: Adir Abergel  /  stylists: Wendi & Nicole  /  dress: Versace

Elizabeth's Verace dress for the LA premiere of Catching Fire was a total show stopper.  The first thing that ran through my mind was "90's supermodel".......I was thinking clean "nude" makeup, a sculpted face and the focus on the eyes.  Often I do Elizabeth's brows dark and strong, but they were bleached when we did the premiere (she was in the middle of filming Mocking Jay, the next installment of the Hunger games movies) so I went with the lighter color and just defined the shape.  I like that they were still sculpted, but just in a lighter shade.  They had a presence, but weren't overpowering.

For the eyes, I used soft nude/neutral shades and then black liner very tight to the lashes.  Under the eyes I used a bit of brown shadow very softly diffused so that it gave the area a hint of darkness but so that it didn't look like eyeshadow, more like it was a shadow created from her lashes.  I popped a bit of a light colored cream shadow onto the lids to catch the light when she blinked and then added heaps of mascara on the top and bottom.  I also used strip lashes on the top, as well as some amazing, subtle bottom strip lashes that I picked up in Japan.  I don't usually talk that much about the fake lashes I use in my breakdowns, I like to leave a little mystery.  But these lashes were truly integral to the look, especially the bottom strip, so I wanted to give them the credit they deserve!

To finish off the look I used a little bronzer to sculpt the face; one that was matte and one with a little shimmer to it.  I used the matte bronzer to sculpt and the one with sheen to add life to the cheeks.  A little apricot blush on top of that brings color, warmth and a natural flush to the face.  The warm nude lip doesn't make her mouth disappear all together, but it does keep the attention squarely on Elizabeth's blue eyes.





Moisturizer:
Yonka Pamplemousse

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat #BR50

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium

Blush:
mark. Just Blushing Powder Blush in Cameo

Bronzer:
mark. Just Blushing Powder Blush in Darling
Jouer Matte Bronzer

Highlighter:
mark. That's Brilliant Face and Eye Luminizer

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel

Eyeshadow:
mark. I-mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust & Tabac
mark. Touch and Glow All Over Shimmer Cream cube  (on lid)

Eyeliner:

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-Lash Mascara in Blacklash

Lips: 
Hourglass Nude Lips #3


Tokyo Beauty Haul 2013

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Ok, anyone who regularly reads my blog or follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows that I am obsessed with Japanese makeup and lashes.  Like, bonkers, gonzo, totally out of my mind for it.  I CANNOT GET ENOUGH.  So when I heard I was going to Tokyo for a job, I started getting p-r-e-t-t-y  e-x-c-i-t-e-d.  It had been three years since the last time I went, and that's like a decade in the Japanese beauty world.

I got to the hotel around 8:30pm, and ran into some of the people I was traveling with.  I was about to hit the drugstore; they were getting a drink and a snack at the hotel restaurant.  It took all of my social graces to join them, as my heart was racing and I was chomping at the bit, desperate to get my hands on some drugstore goodies.  Anyhoo, after a while, I got the ladies all excited about going to the drugstore and we did some late night shopping.  The previous time I had been to Tokyo, I went nuts.  I bought everything in sight.  No filter, no holding back.  Just piled everything in the basket.  This time I was really looking at things, as I knew what the strengths and weaknesses were in the market.  What do the Japanese brands do really well....?

Lashes.
Contour.
Brow products.
Neutral lip colors.
Kit supplies.

So that's what I honed in on.  Here's a peek at my proverbial makeup basket.  I think I did a good shop. Not too much, just the right amount of products.  And I love every single product I got....  Here you go!

Lashes.  There were SO many more lash brands than the last time I was there.  These are soft and fluffy and totally believable, which is what I look for in a strip lash.  Anyone can make a tranny lash, it takes skill to make a lash that looks like it's a persons real lashes.  Here are the best ones I found:




Brows:  Most of the young women in Tokyo lighten their hair.  There is a very specific apricot auburn color  that is very popular.  It's very kawaii (cute)... but the issue is that naturally, japanese women have very dark hair.  So what do you do about the brows when you go lighter?  That's where this brow gel comes into play.  It's a pretty dense formulation, and it really covers the hairs, so you get these light brows.  It's genius.  There was another color that was almost yellow since that hair color is popular at the moment too.  So interesting.  (Unlike the US brow gel formulations, this is matte.  There's no shimmer in it so the brows look a little flat.  I like it when there's a little shimmer so the hair has some dimension.  But either way, this is a brilliant product for temporarily lightening brows.)


This is another brow product that I love.  I actually bought these same colors from this brand the last time I was in Tokyo.  They are very sheer brow pens in two amazing colors.  One is a light olive green, which is great for ashy blondes, and the other is a sheer, warm brown that has a little grey tone to it.  I love that they only deposit a sheer wash of color so it looks really, really natural.  It's not great for shaping a brow dramatically, but it's fantastic for filling a brow without it looking too dense and heavy.




Contour: Oh, contour, how I love you....I had been terrified of contour for years.  That's because the formulas in the States are pigmented like an eyeshadow or blush....it has lots of payoff.  Well that is exactly what you are not looking for in a contour.  You want a contour to be ultra sheer, so when you use it there is just the most subtle trace of product.  These are amazing.  The ones on the left are "Eyebrow & Nose Powder".  I love that there are three colors to choose from, and none of them are too dense.  I don't do a ton of nose contouring, but let me tell you, when you do need to you want it to be subtle!  Contours usually look too severe on caucasian skin, so these are life savers.

The one on the right, also from Visee, is fantastically sheer as well.  I've been using it at work every day since I got back.  (The highlighter is fine, but I have others in my kit that I prefer.)



This highlighter is pretty white.  This is maybe the thing I bought that I am least excited about.  I just don't have much use in my day to day work of such a bright highlighter.... but the contour is awesome! Again, it's really sheer which is perfect.  It's a warmer color so it's nice on warmer skin tones.  It can give a subtle kiss of bronze too.

You can't read the label, but it's from CanMake.


This was a bit of an impulse buy.  I was at the Shu Uemura shop on Omotesando and I got swept up in the moment.  First of all, it had drawings by Murikami on it, so I was doomed from the start.  I am a sucker for an artist collaboration.  The product is a pale peach mousse with a bit of soft radiance to it.  I am not one for primers, but this one is really pretty....  I have yet to use it on set, but I am thinking it might actually be really pretty on the body.  Time will tell, I just have to play around with it a bit.




Neutral lip colors:  I am noticing that I didn't take pictures of the other lip colors I got from CanMake.  That's a shame because they were really beautiful.  Anyway, I love these two glosses.  They are really pretty pinks, just a perfect neutral.  I have waaaaaaay too many glosses that I never ever use (I have been taking a bit of a gloss break these days) so I had to really put the brakes on and not buy a ton of glosses while I was there.  They make gorgeous ones in Japan!  But they will be ignored in my kit, so I only bought these two.  (I am telling you, the restraint I showed was remarkable!!)




This baby was so insanely cute that I bought three products!  What a sucker.  Well, it paid off because these are fantastic lip balms.  One is sheer, one has a touch of peach color and the other (on the bottom) is a pretty sheer peach lip tint.  I have used them every day since I got back....on myself and on clients!




Tools:  Cute.  Cute.  Cute.  I should have bought 20 of these nail files.




This tiny box of q-tips and bandaids came with something.  The brow gels maybe?  I can't remember now, but it's adorable and a cute way to store bandaids without them getting all crumpled and gross.  Random gift with purchase but I love that kind of thing.  The more random the better.




This is one thing that was on my MUST GET list...Shu Uemura powder shakers.  They are the best and the sturdiest.  I have tried ones from MAC (the plastic starts to chip and break) and ones from beauty supply places (too small and they feel cheap) but these are my favorite.  They last for years and they look so beautiful and chic.  Sadly, the shop only had three so that's all I was able to get.  I would have bough a dozen if I could have.





My favorite puffs.  The material is so insanely soft, and the puff is perfectly filled so you get a lovely cushion.  I like the size too.  I buy these by the dozen when I go.  Nothing else compares to them....

I never carry straws in my kit.  The paper always unwraps and it feels deeply unsanitary.  But I found these in a 7-11 type mini mart and they are perfect.  They are individually wrapped and they also expand and bend.  Eureka!  A straw I will actually bother to carry!




The department store brand I make a bee-line for is Addiction.  They sell it at Isetan and it's so worth the trip.  The shadows are so velvety and I love the colors.  I already have a dozen of the colors in my kit, so I just bought a few neutrals.  Anyone who has ever assisted me knows how much I love a neutral shadow.  I have about 50 neutral browns.  Excessive?  Yeah, probably.  It's just how I am...Again, I showed terrific restraint here.  I could have bought so much more, but my kit is too heavy as it is so I wanted to be selective.



Regrets:  There are a few things that I saw that I wish I had gotten.  There was a shimmer cream from Lauderee (yes, the macaron makers Lauderee) that I wish I had bought.  And they had some beautiful blushes as well.  I also wish I had time to go to Hakuhodo and get some new brushes, but 24 hours in Tokyo just isn't enough time.... the city is too big.  Plus I was there to work so I consider myself lucky in the fact that I got to go makeup shopping at all!

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading about my makeup haul as much as I enjoyed buying it!  



Get the Look with mark. : Tyra Banks in ITALIAN VOGUE

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The first time I saw this image of Tyra, I gasped.  I loved the theatricality of it, and the easy grace that she conveys.  It's just one of those images that feels instantly iconic.  We had our model, Bijon, for a different image to recreate, but while we were shooting the picture of Tyra just popped into my head, and we just had to shoot it.


I love the drama in this picture.  It's so simple, but so effective.  It's just about her face.  That's it.  The eye, the light brow, the erased mouth, they all work together in concert to make a striking, graphic image.  There is perfect harmony in this  picture. 

Please note:  I did not work on the original images in these posts, only the recreation (for full credits please see the bottom of the post).  These pictures are culled from my inspiration library.  They are go to images for me, pictures that make me want to grab my makeup brushes and start painting!
  


I really love the experience of using mark. cosmetics to recreate these looks.  It's like a reality show challenge to recreate the images in itself, and then to just use one brand is really, really fun.  I have a bag of makeup that weighs 60+ pounds, and to only use one small kit of one brand of makeup is a wonderful experience.  It hones skills and makes you think outside the box.  And it makes me think I should drastically edit my kit.  But that's another project entirely.

After prepping Bijon's skin, I applied Got the Goods Multibenefit Foundation Lotion in Medium #8 all over the skin, and blended it with a damp sponge to sheer it out where needed, and used a touch of Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer in Medium/Dark under the eyes.  Then I took a foundation brush and swept a little Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation in Deep #13 down the hollow of the cheek, from the middle of the ear in toward the outer edges of the mouth, for contour.  Then I blended, blended, blended until it looked like a natural shadow from the cheekbone.  I popped a bit of the Touch & Glow Warm Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette along the tops of the cheekbones and ran a touch down the bridge of the nose to catch the light a bit.  To give the look a velvet finish I dusted Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation in Medium #8 on the forehead, chin and jawline.


Using a spooly I combed Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation in Light #4 through Bijon's brows to make them disappear.  (This is especially effective in black and white pictures.)  The eyes in the Tyra images are so striking and strong; the black is inky with glossy highlights on the lid and the shape is elongated dramatic.  First I used a brush to paint Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in "Entourage"all over the lid, into the inner corner of the eye and then feathering it up just above the crease and pulling it out past the outer corner of the eye.   Then I took a smaller brush and swept it under the lashes, pushing the liner deep into the lashes and into the waterline, and smudged it from the inner corner to well past the outer corner of the eye.  There is no pure black shadow in the mark. range so I used I-mark. Wet/Dry Shadow in Tabac, a deep matte brown to give it the depth and darkness it needed.  I swept the shadow over the lid, back and forth like a windshield wiper, blending the color and pushing it into the liner.  I followed the shape I created using the liner, just blending it and softening it with the shadow until the shape was where I wanted it.  Once the shape was right I popped a bit of Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Peek a-Boo onto the lids to make them glossy and to catch the light, and te gloss simultaneously darkened the shadow to a deep black/brown.

PRO TIP: Use a longwearing waterproof liner to line the inner rims (also known as the "waterline").  This will keep your liner from running and smudging.

After curling the lashes I added a strip of fake lashes.  In the original image, the lashes add so much to the drama of the look.  After adhering the strip I used a coat or two of Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black to blend her natural lashes into the falsies.  For the lips, I patted on Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Medium with a dusting of Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium on top to take the shine off of the lips.

I hope you liked this post and I hope you learned something new, whether it was a new product or a new application technique.  Feel free to tweet me anytime at @fionastiles or comment on the post!




photographer: Andrew Stiles (www.andrewstiles.com)  /  model: Bijon (Vision Models)  /   hair: Jen Blanchard  


PRODUCTS:

FOUNDATION:
Got the Goods Multibenefit Foundation Lotion in Medium #8

CONCEALER:
Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer in Medium/Dark

HIGHLIGHTER:
Touch & Glow Warm Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette

POWDER:
Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation in Medium #8

CONTOUR:
Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation in Deep #13

BROWS:  
Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation in Light #4

EYES:
Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Entourage
I-mark. Wet/Dry Shadow in Tabac
Touch & Glow Warm Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette 
Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Peek a-Boo 

MASCARA:
Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black

LIPS:
Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Medium with a dusting of Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium on top



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ITALIAN VOGUE CREDITS:

Photographer: Steven Meisel
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Paulu

Get the Look: Jennifer Garner at the Dallas Buyers Club Premiere in Los Angeles

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hair: Jenny Cho  /  stylist: Rachel Zoe

Sometimes I have to pinch myself.  I work with some of the most beautiful women in the world, women who are truly beautiful, inside and out.  I know Hollywood can produce some "difficult" people, but I (thank god) have never crossed their paths.  The women I work with are kind, funny, generous in spirit and heart, remarkably grounded and a true joy to be around.  There is no greater example of this than Jennifer Garner....she is so warm and funny and drop dead gorgeous.  I love to be around her and I love having the honor of doing her makeup.

For the Dallas Buyers Club premiere in Los Angeles,  Jennifer wore a deep navy Vionnet dress and wanted to keep the makeup a little "sporty".  The hair stylist, Jenny Cho, gave her full, soft hair with effortless waves so I went fairly light handed with the makeup.  Just a soft brown eye and a pretty cool pink lip, with a nice pink flush to the cheek.  Sometimes there's room on the red carpet for a full on look, and other times it's just about letting the person's natural beauty shine through.  I am partial to letting the woman make the statement, not the makeup.  When you work with such beautiful women, why overdo it?  

All products by Neutrogena

Foundation:
Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in "Fresh Beige"

Concealer:
Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfecter in "Light"

Powder:
Healthy Skin Pressed Powder in "Light to Medium"

Highlighter:
Healthy Skin Blends in "Clean"

Blush:
Healthy Skin Blends in "Pure"

Eyeshadow:
Creaseproof Eyeshadow in "Constant Copper" and "Lasting Taupe"

Eyeliner:
Nourishing Eyeliner in "Cosmic Black" and "Spiced Chocolate"

Mascara:
Healthy Lengths in "Carbon Black"

Lips:
Moisture Lips in "Sweet Watermelon"


Jennifer Garner is the face of Neutrogena.

Get the Look : Elizabeth Banks at CinemaCon

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hair: Campbell Mcauley  /  styling: Wendi & Nicole

Blue eyeshadow has a bad rap.  Immediately you think of a frosty blue 80's eye or the blue liner that your aunt wears that she hasn't updated in 30 years.  But when you use it right, it can be light and fresh and oh-so-pretty.

Elizabeth wore a simple black dress for CinemaCon, so I wanted to play a little with color to lighten it up a bit.  Navy liner and soft, metallic sea blue colors defined the eyes without screaming BLUE EYESHADOW.  The cheeks and lips were done with soft peachy/rose colors to compliment, not compete with, the eyes which made for a really pretty, wearable look.

The other key here is to use the color sparingly.  I kept the blue tight to the lash line, using bronzers and taupe colors on the rest of the lid to make the eyes look finished.  You don't have to use the same colors family all over the eyes....it's nice to mix it up and use neutrals with color so that the color isn't overwhelming.  I also mixed it up with the mascaras.  By using black on the top, but blue on the bottom, I was able to have the definition of a mascaraed lash, but without the bottom looking heavy.  I like to use a different color on the bottom lashes so it feels a little more airy and light.  It's a good trick, give it a whirl.

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat BD40

Concealer:
mark. Super Conceal Concealer in "Medium"

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in "Medium"

Blush:
Jouer "Peach Bouquet"

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Medium Ash"

Eyes:
mark. On The Dot "Smokey" Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Color Stick in "Sapphire"

Mascara:
Lancome Virtuose in "Black"
YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in "Deep Night"

Lips:
mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in "Punch"



Get the Look : Elizabeth Banks at the Variety Power of Women Event

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hair: Jenny Cho   /   stylist: Wendi & Nicole

I have lost count how many times I have done Elizabeth's makeup.  I think we're close to a hundred at this point.  It's wonderful to know a face so well and I am grateful that we've had so many years together to play with looks.

For the Variety Power of Women event, Elizabeth wore a lovely two piece red Dolce and Gabbana box cut top and skirt. Normally I shy away from a red lip with a red dress, but the fabric and the cut were so modern that I thought it would work nicely and would look very current. 

I used a semi-matte foundation on her skin, and added highlights where I wanted them.  This keeps the skin looking fresh, but not too shiny.  When I do a red lip, I pair it with bronzer versus a blush.  If you use a blush with a red lip, the color can be overwhelming on the face and it can look a bit juvenile.  The bronzer gives you a sculpted, polished look without competing with the lip.  

I love a brow on Elizabeth. Sometimes we go darker and stronger, but on this day I kept it a nice medium ash so it had shape but again, didn't compete with the lip.  For the eyes I used a bit of a contour powder, adding more into the socket and sweeping it under the lower lashes.  It gives the eyes a shape, but doesn't look like a lot of eye makeup.  Of course I used lots of lashes because I am obsessed with lashes.  I can't help it!  Just a little black liner at the lash line makes the lashes look thicker and fuller without looking "liner-y" and 2-3 coats of mascara on the top lashes open the eyes up nice and wide.  For the bottom lashes I used a touch of a burgundy mascara.  It pops the blue of her eyes and doesn't look heavy on the bottom.  I love using two different color mascaras; either a combo of black/brown, black/burgundy or black/navy.  It's very subtle, but makes a big difference.

Foundation:
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi HD Foundation #123

Highlighter:
mark. That's Brilliant Face and Eye Luiminzer

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in "Medium"

Bronzer:
Jouer Matte Bronzer

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Medium Ash"

Eyeshadow:
Kevyn Aucoin "The Sculpting Powder"

Eyeliner:
Makeup Forever Aqua Creamliner in "Matte Black"

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in "Blackest Black" (top)
YSL Faux Cils Shocking Mascara in "Casis Obscure" (bottom)

Lips:
mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in "Hot Sauce"



S/S 2014 : A Nod to Bowie at Marc By Marc

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Is David Bowie the most influential icon of all time?  I'm going to say yes.  His looks from the late 60's through the early 80's continue to inspire decades later.  The Life on Mars? video seems like a reference that is on constant rotation (see Gaultier's show from last season).

The take at Marc by Marc is a stripped down version...just the blue shadow to conjure the feeling of the glam rock superstar.  This version is clean and modern and fresh and almost makes me want to leave the house rocking that look.  Or at the very least listen to Hunky Dory over and over and over again.


S/S/2014 : Delicate and Demure at Dolce

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Oh how exquisite!  This is the fantasy version of an Italian peasant girl, all flushed and rosy like some cherub from a painting in the Vatican.  The skin.  The SKIN!  I love how it's a velvety matte with a dewy highlight down the nose.  The high flush of pink that creeps towards the temples, the pink stained lips, a full youthful brow.  Usually I find white or beige liner on the waterline too jarring, but it's just right.  It opens up the eye very subtly as does the bit of light on the inner corners.  It's just so beautiful....

Really, who doesn't want to look like this?

S/S 2014 : Wigging Out at Fendi

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This makeup is über simple, just a little black line at the lashes, flawless matte skin and a hint of lip color, but the wigs, the wigs make it all come together.  The bangs give the model a sense of mystery and anonymity as they walk down the runway.  I love the effect.... it puts the focus on the clothes and strips the identity of the wearer away.  The wigs do more in this case than makeup could ever do, and that's pretty awesome.



S/S 2014 : Rusty Bronzed Eyes at Gucci

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I sense a real theme through the shows....A bit of shading on the cheeks, a nothing-nude lip and all of the focus on the eyes.  It's either a theme or the look that I am particularly drawn to!  Gucci was no exception, as a soft wash of warm tones encircled the eyes.  I love a rusty bronze on the lids.  It can make light eyes pop and darker eyes reflect with a deep richness.  It works particularly well with a nice full brow.  Such a pretty look....



S/S 2014 : Punk Rock Chic at Chanel

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I'm afraid Peter Philips stoles the show at Chanel with his vivid Boy George on a bender/peacock/punk rock/painterly eyes.  I love how perfectly the look works on every girl, and the wigs help with the unification of the girls looks (lots of wigs this season, eh?)



I am also cuckoo for the jewelry.  Giant pearl necklaces that look like rings? Yes please!  I hope some of these show up on set for a shoot in the next few months.



And lastly, my Instagram obsession @donalddrawbertson recreated the Chanel makeup with gaffers tape.  Genius.  And gorgeous!  (If you are unfamiliar with his prolific feed, you have to follow him.  I obsessively check his posts because he uploads at least 3 amazing drawings that I wish I could own a day.)


S/S 2014 : Gorgeously Ghouly at Giambattista Valli

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One of my favorite things is a monochromatic face.  And this takes the "nude" face to the next level.  The soft wash of color over the whole eye socket gives a ton of depth without looking like a lot of makeup.  The fair skin and contour give the face a finished look that is beautifully balanced, while the blanked out lips keep you locked in on the models eyes. 

If you were to add mascara and a rosy lip, you would have the most stunning, wearable look that would look great on anyone.