Backstage at New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 with Hourglass Cosmetics and Imitation of Christ

Makeup Artist extraordinaire, Artistic Director for Hourglass Cosmetics, and gracious interviewee for my Beauty Big 3 column Gina Brooke created the beauty look for the Imitation of Christ spring 2012 show. Looking more like a wedding and less like the typical runway show, the models gathered around the wedding party complete with faux bride (heiress Lydia Herst) and groom. Brooke wanted a look that was timeless, classic, and clean to flatter without overpowering the soft romance of a (faux) wedding.


The face chart, click to enlarge.

Skin: Primer followed by Illusion Tinted Moisturizer or in some cases Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation applied with No. 2 Foundation Brush

Hidden Corrective Concealer on blemishes or discolorations

Eyes: Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Lagoon (blue), Dune (gold) or Prism (silver) on the lid blended with fingers

Script Precision Liner to enhance the lash line

Film Noir Mascara to define, finished with a glossy topcoat of Film Noir Lash Lacquer (You can check out the scoop on Lash Lacquer HERE, it’s a glossy top coat for the lashes that I suddenly need to buy)

Cheeks: Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush to the apples of the cheeks blended with the fingers

Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Bronze Light for a cheek highlight

Lips: Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Flush

The team from Skyn ICELAND prepped the models skin before the show.


Here’s Brooke, hard at work. Is that a light thingy she’s wearing? She looks like a hot coal miner, I want one.


My skin is this perfect too. I just add splotches and wrinkles to my face in photos because I don’t want less perfect people to feel weird.


Do you fake take this woman to be your bride? It’s a real priest in case you’re wondering (really), it was a Thursday so he was free. I wonder if he was wearing makeup too and if that was his robe? I also wonder how they found a somewhat good-looking priest under the age of 80. (I’m Catholic so I know this is a rare find).


How these two made ankle-height panty hose like socks chic I’ll never know.


There are two beards in this photo. Kidding! I don’t actually know that dude at all.


Just (not) Married!

Click here) for more photos from the show.

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