ThisThatBeauty’s Exclusive Coverage of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall/2010: Felicia Walker Benson Key Makeup Artist at the Vessel by Lois Samuels

My goal for the makeup was to create an aesthetic that would balance and enhance Lois Samuels’ collection. Her collection, the Vessel, is very clean with masculine and parochial school influences from Lois’ youth. This is my second season working with the designer. The makeup must introduce an element of structure to align with the look of the collection. This season we conveyed structure through the cheeks and brows. The cheeks were strategically sculpted to bring a masculine edge. Brows were groomed and not overly filled in….similarly to how one would groom a man’s brows.

The cheeks wore no blush, just a light dusting of mineral radiance (exact shade: splendor) to the apples. The high planes were highlighted with a blend of moisturizer and lunar dust.

I incorporated shades up plum, aubergine and muted grey to bring vibrancy to the eyes (exact shades: heather smoke, halo, alabaster, storm). The eyes were also rimmed with black liner then smudged with shadow so that the actual liner was not obvious, but the intensity was present. The lips were lightly stained (exact shade: bistro).

For the skin I wanted luminosity and coverage. To achieve this balance the skin was prepped with Youngblood Mineral Primer and then applied a combination of both loose and liquid mineral foundation according to the individual model’s skin. The face was refreshed with Minerals in the Mist. High Def Hydrating Mineral Perfect completed the look.


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Felicia Walker Benson is Editor in Chief for ThisThatBeauty and Social Media Beauty Editor at Bergdorf Goodman (her glorious day job!). For Felicia's complete bio, click on the "About Felicia" tab. Follow Felicia on Twitter @ThisThatBeauty

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  1. Very pretty!!!

  2. KhamilianMUA says:

    BraVA! Felicia! Kudos & Congratulations!

  3. Felicia says:

    Thanks so much Kells! It was a great experience :)

  4. Felicia says:

    Awwww, thanks P&G :)

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Totally digging the blown out smokeyness on the eyes.

    Rockin’ our world as only you can!

  6. Felicia says:

    @Jen James – You are a gift mama! Thank you so much for your unwavering support! See you in a bit on Afrobella Radio:)


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