Category Archives: Fashion Week

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Video: BTS at Anna Sui’s S/S 15 show with Pat McGrath

The shows are in full-swing at present, and so far it’s been a great season, both makeup and fashion-wise. New York has done nude and amped up natural in a zillion different ways but still managed to keep it interesting, and London has provided the colour and excitement as always. Nu-rave girls, neo-punk, and some blown out gothic glamour have all strutted down the catwalks, and this week it’s onto Milan.

One of my favourite makeup artists Pat McGrath has already done quite a few shows and as always has provided some beautiful looks. Here’s a BTS video of the amazing rock-star glitter eyes at Anna Sui in New York last week. So simple, so clean and yet so beautiful. This is runway makeup at its best.

Lan Yu Show - Sydney Fashion Week

From the Front Lines: Makeup Directing the Lan Yu show

Sorry about the lack of posts the last couple of weeks – it’s been super hectic at my end as I was preparing to direct the makeup for my first fashion show at Sydney Fashion Week and then I went straight into a Press junket for a UK actor at the weekend. It’s been a tad busy and put it this way – I never thought I’d be so excited to spend a day cleaning the house and doing washing!

The show was the first fashion show in Australia for China’s most esteemed couture designer, Lan Yu (her incredible gowns show up regularly on red carpets and A-list celebs around the world).

Sponsoring the show was EVOHE, the Australian 100% natural skincare company who have recently appointed me as their Creative Director. I love EVOHE products as they are one of the few brands that I find I can consistently use on my skin, and get results from with no irritation (more posts to follow when I get some more time to write about them!)

The collection was called ‘Starry Night’ and Lan Yu had designed 12 incredible gowns, each representing a different archetype of the Zodiac. The detail and finish of each gown was truly breathtaking, and the brief for the makeup was Universal goddesses. Each model was like a star in the sky, and just like the Universe is completely natural and unforced, so each girl needed to look like the most radiant natural version of herself. It was all about beautiful skin and a very modern, effortless look to contrast with the incredible complexity of the gowns.

In order to do that I gave the girls a facial before the show using EVOHE’s Silica Mask (which is amazing as it plumps the skin and doesn’t leave it irritated or red, so it’s a fantastic start to the makeup). Then I applied the EVOHE Mineral Powder foundation anywhere the girls needed it to give really beautiful, radiant looking skin.

Long-time readers know that I don’t normally like mineral powders but this one is designed to mix up with the EVOHE moisturisers into a liquid foundation. So that I can handle! I added some of the EVOHE Omega 3 6 9 oil just to the high points of the face and the rest of the makeup was beautiful groomed brows, a soft wash of brown around the eye, and the EVOHE Liquid Lips in Eve, Rosella and Celebration as a stain on the lips and cheeks.

Backstage was pretty frantic with lots of media to talk to about the look and a very hectic final few minutes before the show as the previous show had run late. One of the lovely models, Katie, had three hairdressers, a manicurist and me all over her getting her show ready on time. I suppose it wouldn’t be a show without a bit of frantic maquillage at the end! I used very little powder to keep the gorgeous natural shine on the skin and just let each girl’s beauty shine through.

I was also thrilled to be re-united on the show day with one of my all-time favourite hairdressers, Raymond Robinson who I used to shoot with in Sydney many years ago. He was directing the hair on behalf of Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair and he and the team did a gorgeous job of creating organic, unstructured ballerina buns. It was a beautiful show and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of Lan Yu’s incredible designs in future.

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Lan Yu Show - Sydney Fashion Week

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Video: NYFW Jason Wu Autumn/Winter 2014

It’s that time of year again when all the models and makeup artists and hair stylists and designers and backstage photographers all congregate to show us what we’ll be wearing in the coming months. New York kicked it off on the 6th of Feb, and here is a fab video of Behind the Scenes on the Jason Wu show.

Renowned in previous seasons for having strong red lips or gold glitter on eyes, this year it was stripped back minimalism at its best. Makeup artist Diane Kendal created a look that paired beautiful skin with a masculine brow. One of my favourite hairstylists, Frenchwoman Odile Gilbert, was on hair creating an undone, messy chignon. Modern luxury at its best.

Gucci Westma makeup for Revlon

New beauty Breakdown! New York Fashion Week – Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013

So every year the highlight of the New York leg of the global Fashion weeks is invariably the work of Diane Kendal, and Gucci Westman. Two of my favourite makeup artists they consistently delight with amazing interpretations of the key trends that women will be wearing in the coming months, and making it look polished, effortless and cool. No easy task considering the drama of working backstage before a show!

One of the stand out shows for me this season has been Oscar de la Renta, lead by Gucci Westman for Revlon, where she is Global Creative director. Ever since she has been at the helm I’ve watched Revlon as a brand blossom into an increasing array of covetable, beautiful new products and shades that are also affordable, something that in the current economic times we can all appreciate! I keep Revlon products in my kit and also use them on myself, which I think is a great test of their adaptability.

On to the look at ODLR! This season there were not one but four distinct makeup looks. Gucci Westman said:

“Each of the four looks represents a different type of girl: gypsy, sophisticate, urban chic and East Asian jet setter.  The one common thread is purity.  I created a look that hLog Outighlights the innate beauty of the face from the eyes to the lip to clear, shiny skin.”

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOKS

LOOK 1
Dark Eyes (Gypsy) 

Gucci Westma makeup for Revlon

FACE:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Chocoliscious, $21.95
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Red Velvet, $21.95 (on cheek)
  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Backstage, $25.95 (on cheek)

EYES:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City (for lids), $21.95
  • Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet, $23.95
  • Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Black, $23.95
  • Revlon Limited Edition Eye Shadow Palette in Midnight Express from the Autumn/Winter ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $19.95 (Available May)

LIPS:

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Backstage, $25.95
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore, $17.95

LOOK 2
Bright Lips (Urban Chic)

Gucci Westma makeup for Revlon

FACE:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Crème Blush in Flushed, $26.95

EYES:

  • Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Attitude, $25.95

LIPS:

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in It Girl, $9.99

 LOOK 3
Bold Red Lip (East Asian Jet Setter)

Gucci Westman makeup for Revlon

FACE:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup, $9.99

EYES:

  • Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet, $23.95
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $23.95

LIPS: (depending on model)

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Trendsetter, $25.95
  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Finale, 25.95
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, $21.95
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherry Blossom, $21.95 (Available April)

LOOK 4
Nude Shine (Sophisticate)

Gucci Westman makeup for Revlon

 FACE:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup, $9.99

EYES:

  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $23.95

LIPS:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Nude, $22.95
  • Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre, $21.95

 

 

 

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New Beauty Breakdown! Burberry Spring/Summer 2013, London

 Makeup by Wendy Rowe

The Burberry show is always a stand-out on the MM show calendar. The clothes are amazing, the front-row celebs are always swoon-worthy (and look like a million bucks, decked out in Burberry clothes AND beauty), and the hair and makeup – by Neil Moodie and Wendy Rowe respectively – is always gorgeous. Easy, modern glamour that never looks contrived.

This season Wendy Rowe went for a beautiful red lip, courtesy of the new Lip Velvet lipstick in Siren Red, that’s launching later this year (and if it’s anything like the new Velvet foundation this is definitely going to be a product worth checking out).

Burberry Beauty: The show look
Siren red lip with soft definition, inspired by the strong, feminine attitude of the season’s Burberry girl
Sheer, sculpted complexion combines with naturally defined and almost bare eyes for a modern-day look
Elegant modern look as seen on the Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2013 runway

Burberry Skin
Sheer Foundation
Sheer Concealer
Sheer Powder

Burberry Glow
Fresh Glow
Light Glow Earthy Blush no. 7

Burberry Eyes
Sheer Eyeshadow Gold Trench no. 04
Sheer Eyeshadow Pale Barley no. 26
Eye Definer Golden Brown no. 06

Burberry Lips
Lip Velvet Siren Red – launching soon
Lip Definer Brick Red no. 05

Burberry Beauty is available at Burberry stores and selected department stores worldwide. www.burberry.com

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New Beauty Breakdown! NYFW Rag and Bone Spring – Summer 2013

Makeup by Gucci Westman for Revlon

Since New York Fashion Week is in full swing and all our favourite creative are hard at work bringing you the new looks for the season, I wanted to post my favourite look so far – quelle surprise it’s Rag and Bone. I love the Rag and Bone aesthetic and their shows are always a standout, no less as they are helmed by Gucci Westman, one of my favourite makeup artists. Inspired by early Peter Lindbergh photos of Linda and Christy Turlington, the makeup was simple but striking. Here’s how to get her version of 90’s supermodel glamour.

Revlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, created a strong but feminine look by giving models a structured brow with a subtle cheek, lip and eye for rag & bone’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural,” says Westman. “I was inspired by the iconic supermodels of the 90’s and the great structure of their brows. I kept the makeup very pure, adding just a touch of natural flush to the lips by mixing two lip products together, and I used a brow pencil to create subtle freckles and a dramatic brow to top the whole look off.

To recreate the white hot nail look worn by half of the models, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi suggests creating a short square shape that’s slightly rounded and then smoothing out the ridges with a thick base coat to prepare them for polish.

“White can be intimidating to wear,” says Choi. “To guarantee a finished look, you should always use three coats, as it ensures that the polish will look perfectly opaque and smooth.”

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

FACE:
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup, $
Revlon Baby Stick in Pink Passion from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, price TBD (available April 2013)

EYES:
Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Addictive, $25.95
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $23.95
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara, $21.95
Revlon Eyebrow Liner in Blonde & Dark Brown, $21.95

LIPS:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $21.95
Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Nude, $22.95

NAIL:
Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant, worn on half of the models, $13.95
Revlon Top Speed in Spirit, worn on half of the models, $15.95 (available 2013)

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New Beauty Breakdown! Oscar de la Renta at NYFW, Autumn/Winter 2012

Makeup by Gucci Westman

I know that New York Fashion Week was a couple of weeks ago, but I just loved this makeup by amazing makeup artist Gucci Westman. I thought it was fresh and gorgeous, like all her makeup really (and let’s be honest, my favourite type of makeup).

Gucci Westman is Revlon’s Global Creative Director and under her ministrations the brand has gone from strength to strength. Here’s what she said about the Oscar de la Renta makeup “ I wanted the makeup to be gorgeous, but still look a bit dishevelled. I put the focus on the eye by lining the top lid, added a mix of eyeshadows and layered on lots of volumising mascara for a very intense lash look. I paired this with a soft pink lip to add a bit of femininity.”

All products by Revlon:

Face

  • PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup
  • PhotoReady Sculpting Blush in Neutral

Blush

  • Powder Blush in Smoky Rose

Eyes

  • Grow Luscious Plumping mascara in Blackest Black
  • ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown
  • CustomEyes Eyeshadow in Naturally Glam and Sweet Innocence

Lips

  • Super Lustrous Lipstick in Prim Rose
  • ColourBurst Lip gloss in Peony

 

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Revlon Australia

 

Video: Behind the Scenes with Pat McGrath at Dolce & Gabbana, Autumn/Winter 2012

Who fancies a little bit of Pat McGrath action on a Thursday?
The wold’s most influential makeup artist shares with Style.com how she created this week’s beautiful Sicilian Madonnas.