Backstage With NARS at Thakoon; New York Fashion Week 2010

I had the pleasure of seeing Diane Kendal (well known Makeup artist) at work backstage at this exact same show when I covered Fashion Week last year. What I discovered was that you can always count on Thakoon and NARS for cranking out a beautiful, wearable look from head to toe – they’re a great duo. This was one of my favorite makeup looks from the shows last week that I’ve seen, you can probably see why.

Flawless bronzy skin and minimal chic makeup – right up my alley

Diane at work

Much of the makeup will be out for either this holiday or next spring but I included a breakdown of the look with the colors anyway so you’ll know what to look for once they’re released.


-NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (released spring 2011)

-NARS PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer (released spring 2011)

-NARS Laguna Bronzer

-NARS Zen Blush

-NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow highlighted on cheeks (released holiday 2010)


-NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow

-NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (released spring 2011)

-NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow (released spring 2011)

-NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow

-NARS Hollywood Land Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (released spring 2011)


-NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (released spring 2011)

-NARS Hopi Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (released spring 2011)

You’ll find NARS at Sephora right HERE

Aveda at Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Show for Fashion Week New York

Christian Siriano’s Spring 2011 collection was a huge hit at New York Fashion Week, but  gorgeous clothes aside Aveda’s creation of what they call a ‘modern bun’ was equally mesmerizing. Could you re-create this new twist on the classic?

Christian Siriano

I used to be this good at crimping too.

Squish your bun together

Blow your hair back
Ta da!

How to get the look:

1. Brush hair with a Mason Pearson brush. Pull the top section of hair — from the hairline to the crown — and clip it out of the way.

2. Comb the remaining hair back into a tight, high ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for hold.

3. Spray Aveda Brilliant™ Spray-On Shine directly onto the bristles of a kabuki-style Aveda Uruku Bronzing Brush. “Paint” the sides of hair with the Uruku Bronzing Brush for shine.

4. Take the ponytail and braid it. Then twist the braid into a bun, securing to the head with bobby pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.

5. Remove the clip from the remaining top section of hair and comb to the crown. Working with small portions of hair (approximately one inch) at a time, use a micro-crimping iron to add texture from the crown to ends.

6. Brush the hair with a Mason Pearson brush to loosen the crimp. Gently pull the hair over the bun and secure at the base with hair pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

7. Pull a few pieces of hair out of the bun with fingers for extra texture. Set the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

You’ll find the rest of the photos from this and other FWNY shows on Aveda’s Facebook right HERE

Weirdest. Runway Show. Ever.

I would have paid money to be on the phone listening to the conversation between the models and their agents when the calls came in about walking in the Patrick Mohr runway show. Yes you were booked for a show, but there’s a small catch…

Apparently high fashion in Mohr’s world includes adding a balding cap and a beard to your models. Male and female. This is a look at how they sent them down the runway, it was totally outrageous but maybe worst of all, nobody was looking at the clothes. See the (some NSFW) slideshow HERE.


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Make Up FOR EVER for Thuy Fall 2010 Fashion Week NYC

I was disappointed this year when I realized I’d be in California during Fashion Week because I wouldn’t be able to cover the shows again. I had such a blast last February when I went backstage and saw all that goes into getting those girls ready. I found the backstage stuff to be more exciting than the shows themselves, which is why I especially love seeing these pics of the Makeup Artists working on the models and close-ups of the final look.

Make Up FOR EVER created this look for Thuy’s 2010 fall show bringing bright lips, luminous skin, and shimmering eyes to the runway.

Here’s what their lead artist, Lottie, used on the girls:

Foundation:  HD Invisible Cover foundation

Cheeks:         Mar Bronze #2 to create a contour and a little on the apples of cheeks

Powder:         Super Matte Loose Powder #12 to set on the t-zone

Eyes:               Star Powder #920 to the whole lid, Pan Cake Foundation #3 on the temples for an illuminating glow,

Lashes:           Smoky Lash Mascara on the top and bottom lash

Lips:                 Flash Color #1 mixed with a little Flash #17 for a matte red patted into lips using fingers

You’ll find a complete set of backstage photos HERE.

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Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder at Derek Lam Fashion Week

Estée Lauder’s Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux really brought some icy blue drama to Derek Lam’s show for his 2010 Fall collection.

Of course the runways are all about theatrics, but this is a very wearable blue shadow on all skin tones when used just on the lid or as a liner.

Here’s a guide to what Tom Pecheux and his team used.


Shadows-    New colors launching in the fall.
Liner-            Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue
Mascara-    TurboLash in Black


Lipstick-        Pure Color Lipstick in Crystal Beige


Foundation- Double Wear Light Foundation


Left bare

You can see photos from the entire show HERE.

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Happy 2 Year Blog-iversary to me!

This was my first ever review written 2 years ago today. I remember thinking that maybe a few of my friends might check my little blog and see what I like from time to time. Never did I imagine that I would have a voice so big that readers from all over the globe would check in daily to see what I have to say. Most of all, I didn’t think this forum would bring me such fantastic opportunities that continue to come my way.

I was able to chat about beauty products in 3 different states as a TV Beauty Expert, even reporting live from the Fox Studios in NYC where I was covering Fashion Week.

I got to meet interesting people like Jeremy Bloom while waiting in the Greenroom at Fox.

I did Trista Sutter’s makeup for her cover on Women’s World Magazine, and OK Magazine.

I met and interviewed Ted Gibson backstage at the Lela Rose show at Fashion Week NY.

I snapped photos of designers (from top) Lela Rose, Thakoon Panichgul (Thakoon), Pamela Rowland (with her daughter and Amanda Bynes), and Max Azria.

Then there were the celebs all running around backstage for the shows that I was able to capture.

I got my very own column for

I was the makeup artist for Austin Scarlett’s runway show for his wedding gown collection here at the Ritz Carlton Denver.

Then there was Nickelback. I was the makeup artist for Chad Kroeger for an interview he had when they were playing here in Denver.

And the best part of all is that I was able to share it with you.

Thank you for reading, commenting, suggesting, and supporting something I love to do.


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