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This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr (@ChristeneCarr)

Toni Francesc’s Fall 2011 line was inspired by the Pheonix. The lined featured burnt orange, yellows, and rich browns along with more muted colors like grey, beige and the all important black.  With this in mind Mehron’s Jackie Mgido  wanted a face that wouldn’t detract from the warm colors in the line but also wanted to add bit of life in the face for balance.  For a flawless matte finish on the face Mgido used Mehron’s Celebre PRO-HD Foundation with the ProColorRing Concealer. The cheeks were contoured using Mojave and Wine Berry CHEEK Powder and finished with Barrier Spray to set it for the runway..

The eyes were made uber dramatic my adding a mix of Mehron’s Black Onyx E.Y.E Powder and Slate Grey E.Y.E Cream. This represented the ashes and Mehron’s Feather E.Y.E Lashes were used to represent the wings. The eyes were further emphasized by Mehron’s Black Detailz.

 

The only noticeable color on the face was a custom blood red lip that was a combination of Mehron’s Velvet Rose and Raspberry L.I.P Color from the night palette. Lips were then topped with Clear Glosstone for a pop of sheen.

Mehron’s Key Products used on the Toni Francesc Runway:

  • Celebre Pro HD Foundation
  • ProColorRing Concealer
  • Black Onyx E.Y.E Powder
  • Slate Grey E.Y.E Cream
  • Black Detailz
  • Feather E.Y.E Lashes
  • Velvet Rose & Raspberry L.I.P Cream
  • Clear Glosstone

#NYFW

For the second consecutive year, Mehron keyed the makeup for Toni Francesc.  Francesc’s S/S11 line is entitled Urban Forest.

Key makeup artist, Jackie Mdligo, placed heavy emphasis on the eyes using colors found in nature and the forest.  Paradise AQ in yellow, a color found in Mehron’s body paint line, was used to highlight the inner eye and brow, while Jet Black Eye cream, Metallic Shadow and Mehorn E.Y.E were used to complete the eye look.  The yellow color is water activated and becomes more vibrant when it is applied wet.  The Celebre HD foundation (click here for my previous review of this beautiful product) was used to give models a fresh faced look.

Jackie custom blended foundation and Bubble Gum Lip Cream to create a nude look on the lips of the 18 models.  Mehron products provide great build-able coverage that stands up extremely well under harsh runway lights but they are also great for the everyday user.

Used on models for the runway:

  • Celebre HD Foundation
  • Velvet Finish
  • Paradise AQ in Yellow
  • Jet Black Eye Cream
  • Shell Pink and Pink Coral Cheek Cream
  • Bubble Gum Lip Cream

I thought the collection was absolutely breathtaking. Francesc used what appeared to be tulle, cotton, satin and silks to create fantastic pieces that featured creative draping as well as clean lines. The wood used in the collection was often the focal point of the piece and the wooden accessories made me fall in love with trees even more.

Shoes and accessories were provided by Chololat d’ Or and hair design was done by Salerm.

Backstage I spoke briefly with Designer Toni Francesc and through his interpreter he had this to say:

The line is inspired by nature and the main focus is to translate the forest into the city and ourselves.  Through the line I want to bring a consciousness to recycling and nature.  My favorite piece in the line is the last look, simple because it embodies the whole of nature.  The last look represents a tree and life.

And here’s your backstage look at the makeup look as it was created:

 

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This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. @ChristeneCarr on Twitter and on her blog,  www.christenecarr.com

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Mehron products are commercially known for theatrical, television, motion picture, education, video, opera,  Halloween and face painting application. Under Studio and Stage Make-up, Mehron recently launched Celebré Pro HD Makeup. Of the product the brand says:

“Celebré PRO-HD Makeup Foundation is an oil-free and fragrance-free cream make-up that delivers satin-smooth, buildable coverage that is non-greasy and great for all skin types.”

The main ingredient in Celebré Pro HD foundation is Propylene Glycol. It also contains antioxidants such as vitamin E, pomegranate and aloe vera to soothe the skin. Propylene Glycol is often used to absorb excess water and maintain moisture in some medicines and cosmetics. I tried the HD foundation in shades Dark 1, 2, 3 and 4.  The foundation has a smooth silky feel and glides onto the skin with ease.

So, what is all the rage with High Definition makeup? HD foundation’s claim to fame is that it provides full, lightweight coverage that can withstand harsh light from cameras without pores and fine lines being magnified. HD makeup contains photochromatic particles or light reflectors, that blur fine lines, minimize pores and hide imperfections.

The most challenging part of applying this foundation was trying to mix and match to find shade that worked for my skin tone.  This is foundation is labeled “Cebre HD PRO” and I’m not even an amateur star, so, that might explain it.

The coverage is lightweight and because I was using all four shades (Dark, 1, 2, 3 and 4) I was able to get the coverage I needed without using a concealer.

See shades on my hand below, starting Dark 1 at the top and ending with Dark 4 at the bottom.

After a bit of trial and error, I was able to match my skin. I read somewhere that the best way to tell if a foundation matches your skin tone is to test it on the jawline, hence the picture below.

Be warned, a tiny amount of this product goes a long way.  I applied a primer underneath the foundation but I suspect it would work just fine without the primer.  I used a translucent finishing powder to set the foundation and dusted on a bit of blush (I didn’t want to look too washed out.) I have oily skin so after a couple of hours I had more than a healthy glow.  I used blotting paper to keep my shine under control.

Each Celebré Pro HD Make-Up foundation pot retails for $9.95 but if you are a makeup artist (or a make-up fanatic) you can buy the Celebré Pro HD Make-Up 20 Color Palette (@ $189.95)

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This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more from Christene visit her blog www.christenecarr.com

 

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