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The Vessel by Lois Samuels Spring Summer 2011 line was inspired by The Migration Series by America Artist Jacob Lawrence. Lois is known for creating structured, simple pieces. This season was no exception as Lois incorporated the bold colors used by artist Jacob Lawrence, to create a collection that can be mixed with other pieces or worn separately.

Makeup was keyed by Make Up For Ever’s AJ Crimson. The focal point of the makeup was the eyes.

AJ Crimson used blues and greens from Make Up For Ever’s Aquarelle line to create peepers that I describe as futuristic, fantasy, bat winged eyes. AJ described the look as “very bold, very strong, very powerful, yet soft elegant and pretty.”

While I do agree that the eyes were indeed “pretty” (rich jewel-tone blue on the lids is a personal fave of this beauty writer), I did not feel the connection between the designer’s inspiration (The Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence) and the futuristic choice of eye makeup.

However, while the eyes fell short of home plate, the cheeks knocked the ball out of the park. The blush used was an orange from the Aqua Cream Line. The blush was positively amazing and complimented the clothes and models beautifully. I need those cheeks in my life!

Three different styles were created by hair designer Eugene Davis of Freelance (the Work Space) out of London. All three styles included sleek and textured hair. Here are two looks that we loved!

Look 1: Bouffant and free textured ponytail with a bit of romance.

Look 2: A take on 70’s (part in the middle or side, sleek top and textured ends)

My favorite piece from the show was the Hepburn Dress. The pastel yellow is beautiful and is the very essence of Spring. The style is so simple that it’s almost a shame. I die thinking of all the ways I could accessorize.

The miniature bowler hats featured in the line are made by Suzette Art Couture (SAC). The hats are hand woven and made of Panama straw. SAC’s miniature bowler hats feature a fringed edge that gives them a Southern vintage look that ties in beautifully to theme of the migration of Jacob Lawrence and the Vessel by Lois Samuels’ line of neatly tailored pieces.

This season the Vessel debuted several items for him. We cannot wait to see what Lois Samuels unveils for F/W11.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more from Christene you may stalk her (not really) on Twitter at @christenecarr and visit her blog www.christenecarr.com.


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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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The first day of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week started with a bang! Normally I cover Fashion Week as press…this includes attending the shows, events, parties, and covering backstage hair/makeup. This year was quite different.

In addition to all of the above responsibilities…I was also Creative Director of Makeup for a New York Fashion Week Show – the Vessel by Lois Samuels

Working in this capacity was a great honor and a dream come true. As Creative Director of Makeup, it was my responsibility to design the runway makeup look, partner with the makeup sponsor to select colors, and lead a talented team of artists. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics was the makeup sponsor…they are truly an amazing partner!

This is the face chart that I designed for the makeup look.

Lois Samuels asked me to create a look that matched the feel of her collection. I drew inspiration from the color palette and structure of Lois’ clothing line. In designing the makeup look, I introduced the idea of daytime smoky eyes, soft flushed cheeks, and a semi matte lip. To reflect the masculinity and menswear inspiration of Lois’ collection, we decided to go with with strong contoured cheeks and a well groomed brow. The skin was fresh and dewy.

The core products included:

All Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

  • Natural Mineral Foundation
  • Hi Def Hydrating Mineral Powder
  • Liquid Mineral Foundation
  • Mineral Primer
  • Ultimate Concealer
  • Mineral Rice Setting Powder
  • Mineral Radiance in Sundance
  • Minerals in the Mist
  • Eye shadows – Merlot, Storm, Halo, Moonstone
  • Eyeliner in Blackest Black
  • Mascara in Onyx
  • Brow Artiste
  • Crushed Mineral Blush in Plumberry and Sherbet
  • Liner in Pout
  • Lipstick in Barely Nude and Cuvee
  • Lipshine in Crush
  • Lipgloss in Praline

Here’s the day in pictures:

Lois made it to the pages of WWD. Yay!

I call this shot “the calm before the storm”.
Here I am with Jorge Ramon, Celebrity Stylist and Lead Wardrobe Stylist for the show.

My two assistants, Alcillena and Jasmine. I would not have made it through the day with out them!

Early as heck..setting up makeup

Here I am sorting products for the makeup station

Here I am signing the official face chart for the show…awww, I think I might frame this bad boy!

Quick meeting with Orlando Santiago and Valerie Hernandez to explain my makeup look.
Both Orlando and Val are master makeup artists. I was honored to work with them!

Fully stocked makeup station. The makeup team consisted of six artists plus lil ol me 🙂

Orlando setting up my face chart in his work area

Its almost show time. Time to get out of the Converse and into the Christian’s

Orlando beautifying a model

Here I am with Celebrity Manicurist Myrdith Leon McCormack. She was the Lead Artist for nails. Myrdith was extremely busy this year covering nails for many shows. Check out her line of nail polish. Go Myrdith!

Here I am with the effervescent Val Hernandez (for Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics)

Val and I make the rounds and inspect the models

Adjusting a model’s hair…

Lois styling a model

Inspecting a model’s makeup

Here’s Lois with actor Malik Yoba. He’s a friend of Lois’ and came to support her show.

Here I am kicking it with Stacey McKenzie.
We met last season at NYFW and just keep bumping into one another.
She’s ridiculously cool!
Chatting about something exciting, I’m sure!

Stacey McKenzie and Epperson of Project Runway

Here I am attempting to fit in with the models. Stacey, Lois, and a poser…
(which of these three does not belong:))

Stacey is thrilled to see Lois and her collection

A warm embrace from Project Runway’s Epperson

Showing off the face chart to the media

Being interviewed by Marsha Gauntlett-Kirby of  BrownFaceTV. The full video interview is below.
Marsha did a great job backstage. View the full interview!

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Good morning sunshine!

Well its Fashion Week once again…YAY!..and I am up to my ears in collections, models, makeup, and runways galore. If you’re not following me on facebook or twitter, please take a moment to do so. This is a great way to stay updated on my coverage.
For the first day of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week I had the honor of designing the makeup look for a show! I was Creative Director for Makeup and Lead Makeup Artist for the Vessel by Lois Samuels.
I have yet to write about the show but please check out some amazing backstage coverage by Karen Duncan, a wonderful makeup artist and beauty blogger.
Click Here for Karen’s EXTENSIVE/ EXCLUSIVE backstage coverage
I’m off to the tents…chat soon!

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