New York Fashion Week: Day Six Makeup Thursday 16 February, 2012

On Day Six of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, I’m looking toward the chocolate-burgundy matte lips and pewter-brown eyes by Tina Turnbow for Stila Cosmetics at Lela Rose (mouthful there!) for my makeup inspiration.

By this point, shows have started to blend together. It’s not like I haven’t been wowed by them—I certainly have—it’s just that I’m tired and cranky and sick, and my brain is trying to remember a million different names, my hand is aching from scribbling notes as quickly as possible and my feet, well, my feet are angry with me for thinking it’s perfectly acceptable to amble around in 5-inch platforms. I am in breakdown mode.

So, when Anne Hardy, who reps the amazing hair treatment brand Moroccanoil, asks me what show my makeup is inspired by on Day Six of my Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week quest, I stumble. Who is it inspired by again? Is it Jenny Packham? There was a dark lip there… Or is it Lela Rose? I couldn’t remember offhand…

Upon perusal of my backstage photos today (several days later), I realized it was Lela Rose, where makeup artist Tina Turnbow (working with Stila Cosmetics) crafted a rich chocolate-burgundy lip coupled with a silvery taupe eye. It was the epitome of elegance, and I am ashamed I couldn’t remember it detail for detail when asked. Boo.

But, now I remember, and here’s the products I pooled together to help me recreate the look:

 Day Six Fashion Week Makeup Products

Cheeks: Smashbox Cosmetics Blush Rush in Radiance

Eyelids: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR 306 (a dark sorrel; applied as a base over the entire lid, extending a little past the outer edge of my eyelid); MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Dangerous Cuvée (dabbed over the base to lend a pewter cast); Lorac Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Boudoir (brushed on the lid to further blend the chocolatey silver hue as well as along the lower lash line); Lorac Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Negligee (applied on the brow bone to lift the eye area); and Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile (a light wash over the upper lid to amp up shine)

Lips: NARS Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu (as a base, but leaving the innermost portion of my lips untouched); Inglot Cosmetics Matte Collection AMC Lip Pencil in 21 (drawn over entire lip, including the innermost portion); and NARS Cosmetics Pure Matte Lipstick in Valparaiso (applied over top)

My lips were clearly the focal point, and even though I used matte finishes, I have to say, there wasn’t a dry fleck in sight. If you’re ever seeking a matte lip, I direct you to NARS, which offers some of the most satiny, full-coverage matte lip products out there. Honestly, I could have sat there smacking and rubbing my lips together after applying the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for hours—it feels that good. My reasoning behind combining dark aubergine with bold red comes down to a question of depth: I like the idea of punching up the color vibrancy in the middle of the lip, which I suppose harkens back to the idea of an ombré lip.

For my lids, I decided to go rogue; I do have a few pewter-brown shadows on tap, but I thought custom-blending my own would be a little more special. Using the Paint Pot as a sheer wash over top of the sorrel base lent a nice layered look.

Rifling back through my backstage photos, I may be leaning toward the Lela Rose makeup look as being my top pick for New York Fashion Week beauty. It’s glamorous without being overbearing, and it merges matte with shimmer in a way that isn’t at all intimidating.

What do you think? Do you love this look as much as me?

Karie L. Frost Signature



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