Makeup Relaxes a Bit at Spring 2009 Fashion Week
At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the inspiration was an unusual combo: the iconic 1984 cover shot of an Afghan girl with mesmerizing green eyes by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry...and a bunny. To get the look, head NARS makeup artist Ayako advises bronzing the skin and using some smudgy eyeliner, with transparent eyeshadow in earthy tones (similar to the lip) and a dark brow. "This season, it's a smudgier look for the eyes, a more casual feeling. Instead of being perfectly done, it's a little sexier...almost like a makeup-from-yesterday kind of feeling."
Backstage at Halston, MAC makeup artist Nadine Luke pronounced spring's "it" makeup color to be peach! "Perfectly peachy cheeks, a subtle and flattering berry-toned stain on the lips...almost giving you the look that nothing is there, and making it that much more effortless. So even if you lick your lips, you still have your lipstick on." In addition to mascara, the Halston smoky eye actually involved two different colors - one a matte, and one a bit more shimmery. After brushing the base color across the eyelid, apply the shimmery shade for more of a soft wash of color. "It's about a splash of one color first, followed by a wash of another."
To get the look at home, start with your complexion; Luke recommends MAC's new Sculpt foundation, which can be smoothed on lightly, or layered on for additional coverage. Then accessorize your skin with some color. "For spring, people definitely need to open up...just as a flower would. Put a little bit of color in your life, and then add some accents to that color!" For fun accents, Luke advises trying Reflects Glitter in Antique Gold. "Spring makeup should be more iridescent and playful."
- Lesley Scott
(Afghan girl image by Steve McCurry/National Geographic - WorldsFamousPhotos.com)
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