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Designer: Rebecca Minkoff

Hair

Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Inspiration: Like the collection, the runway hair was ethnic-inspired. More specifically, Rebecca was stricken by a vintage photo of Bianca Jagger in Mexico. This led to her thinking about the very strong and stylish Mexican woman, Frida Kahlo. Syfu used these inspirations to translate Kahlo’s iconic braided up-do into a modern, textured, intentionally imperfect style.

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Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
  2. Create a messy zig zag part from hairline to nape and clip to separate.
  3. From the heavier side of the part, create another zig zag section behind the ear and clip, creating three sections.
  4. Back brush hair for texture and fullness and create a ponytail in each section, positioned just behind the ears (two on one side, one on the other).
  5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
  6. Create a four-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
  7. Wrap braids around the top of the heard, tucking the end of the braids under and fastening with bobby pins.
  8. Finish with TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for a matte, undone look.

At Home Tips: It’s an easy, intentionally messy look, so, don’t aim for perfection. You can try it with a three-strand braid rather than four, tie it in knots, or even twist it. It’s one of those styles that looks best on second day hair. No need to use any curling irons, it’s about texture and braiding.

Fall Hair Trends: Straight, flat ironed is where the industry is going. Syfu is over beachy waves. It’s about a clean slate of hair with shine.

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Nails

Manicurist: Michelle Saunders for Essie

Inspiration: What would Frida Kahlo wear on her nails today? Mexican folk art! ‘Tart Deco,’ a bright creamy coral by Essie is the “hero color” of the look, and it is embroidered with Day of the Dead-inspired skulls, flowers and dots on random nails using Essie colors ‘Licorice,’ ‘Blanc,’ and ‘Butler Please,’ a blue that was actually inspired by the color of Kahlo’s house.

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Fall Nail Trends: Texture in the form of nail art, as well as a lot of matte, glitter and 3D. Nails continue to be an extension of fashion and nail art is bigger than ever.

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Makeup

Makeup Artist: Sarah Lucero for Stila

Inspiration: All about the beauty of nomads exploring the Mexican desert with a dash of punk rebellion. The palette? Warm Navajo neutrals. Not to mention, brows that wow!

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Products Used:

  1. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color
  2. Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Burgundy (Available Spring ’14)
  3. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  4. Kajal Eye Liner in Tigers Eye
  5. In the Know Eye Shadow Palette
  6. Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Camellia

TTBTip: Be a Brow BelieverDon’t be afraid to boost your brows in a natural way. Shade and fill in where you need to using tint, stains, or pencil.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebook and Blog.

 

Designer: Anna Laub

Hair: O&M Creative Director Janelle Chaplin

Inspiration: An androgynous, modern Japanese influence to compliment  the PRISM Spring/Summer 2014 swimsuit collection that was itself inspired by a futuristic but delicate idea of Japan. The hair was to look high gloss and “wet,” reminiscent of Helmut Newton photography. Chaplin didn’t want the hair to look stringy and piece-y, so she molded large pieces and sections with O&M products.

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Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray throughout roots to ends.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush, gently pulling hair straight down as you go, smoothing out the hair and removing flyaways.
  3. Combine a generous amount of O&M Style Guru Styling Cream and O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum in the palms of the hands to combine.
  4. Rake products through hair from roots to end, applying enough mixture until you create a “wet” look.
  5. Finish ends with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum.

TTBTip: Achieve it at home by combining a styling cream with a shine serum. The cream gives it the hold, the serum gives it shine and that wet feeling.

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Fall 2013 Hair Trend Alert: Straight, clean, chic, tight hair is in season. Hair is really going away, everything is being sleeked and gelled back. Think severe and aggressive.

Makeup

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Inspiration: Because it is a chic swimwear collection, the inspiration was a Helmut Lang, strong woman look.

Get the Look:

  1. Start with a tough, strong eyebrow. Brows are so important because they frame your face, so the brows here are stronger, almost boyish and masculine. They aren’t really arched, more bushy and tougher. It’s an “angry brow” but at the same time, really beautiful.
  2. There is a Geisha moment on the lip, almost a petal effect. The lips are concealed, with a bright coral in center of mouth which is blended and faded out. Press with fingers to achieve.
  3. For eyes, it’s all matte sculpting and highlighting powders.
  4. After highlighting your face with concealer, brush MAC Studio Fix all over, then the whole thing magically blends. The look is very skin-centered. Don’t use blush, this provides the androgynous, masculine effect.

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Nails: Essie

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Inspiration: The inspiration came from the name of the line, Prism. So they started by polishing little prisms at the base of the nail. Since the collection is showing a lot of skin, the nails also reflect that by “showing a little nail.” In terms of color, since the swimwear collection has a lot of khaki greens and lilacs, the metallic nail color, ‘For the Twill of It‘ brings them together.

The Scoop: The base coat is two coats of Essie’s Ridge Filler. You might consider ridge filler to be BB cream of nail polishes; it perfects everything. It provides a beautiful sheer finish and flatters every nail plate. If you’re going to bare some nail, you might as well do it flawlessly!

Pro Tip: Metallics have staying power! They are like jewelry, especially when polished on only on a portion of the nail. Embellish yourself!

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebookand Blog.

Designer: Jill Stuart

Hair: Kérastase Paris

Stylist: Odile Gilbert

Inspiration: The inspirational phrase that kept coming up backstage at the Jill Stuart Spring/Summer 2014 show was “rock and roll.” Think “Girlfriends on a beach holiday waking up slightly hungover.”

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Judging from this model, I think the stylist more than pulled off the look.

Get the Look: To achieve the appropriate rock and roll runway hair, it was all about texture. Start with an imperfect middle part, slightly messy and uncentered. Use Kérastase Boucles D’Art Curl Defining Hair Mousse to build the roots of hair up, then with 1 inch curling iron, make waves in middle of hair only, leaving ends straight. Finish everything with Kérastase Paris Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo and Kérastase Laque Dentelle Micro-Mist Fixing Hairspray.

Pro Tip: How do you protect your hair from overstyling? Gilbert says it’s all about using high quality products!

Nails

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Manicurist: Julie Kandalec for Essie

Inspiration: Rock and roll, of course!

Get the Look: So blue it’s black, ‘After School Boy Blazer‘ is brand new for Fall and was the chic choice for both hands and feet. To achieve it at home, simply paint two coats over one coat of ‘First Base Base Coat‘ on your slightly rounded nails. Top with ‘Good to Go.’

Fall 2013 Nail Trend Alert: Looking for a new nail color? Kandalec suggests jewel tones like ‘Going Incognito,’ a deep emerald by Essie.

MAKEUP

IMG_0260Makeup Artist: Aaron De Mey, SEPHORA Artistry Ambassador

Inspiration: The cool girl who goes out at night and wakes up in the morning with messy, grungy eyes.

Get the Look: It’s all about a fresh face and a strong eye. After all, strong eyes are best offset by a flawless complexion.

  1. Start by strategically using Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrector Pen on your face, only where needed to disguise redness and hide any imperfections. Then set with Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, while letting your natural cheek color shine through. Add dimension with a light application of Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on cheekbones, bridge of nose, and chin.
  2. Using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil in Magic Black, sketch around the upper and lower lash line, and smudge into the crease. Add a dot of the metallic silver from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette in The Starlet 204 to the inner corners of the eye for brightness. Dab Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on the lid for glossiness with fingertips, blend and smudge. Finish eye with generous coats of Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara in Black.
  3. Brows are combed through with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo and lips are left bare, or dabbed with a clear gloss like Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Crystal.

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TTBTip: On a budget? Try the glossy eye look using Vaseline.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on Twitter, Facebook and Blog.

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New York Fashion Week is over and we’re left to make sense of it all. What’s here to stay and what’s a has-been? Are we doing matte lips again? Is the winged cat eye so over? Well Beauty Expert Trae Bodge, co founder of Three Custom Color Specialists, returns to ThisThatBeauty to offer our bi-annual New York Fashion Week Beauty Trend Report. Why painstakingly cull through show after show when we can break it down for you plain and simple. Take it away, Trae!

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Spring/Summer 2012 Trends from the Runway

Hello again – I’m SO thrilled to be back with another beauty trend report for ThisThatBeauty!  I’m sitting here on a crisp, Fall day trying to fast forward in my mind to the light and flirty days of Spring and Summer 2012.  All it takes is another tour of the runways (thank you, www.style.com!) and I’m in a Springy, Summery state of mind.

What struck me first about this season were the colorful lips. I always feel a bit sad when there is a strong return to nude or neutral lips, so I was excited to see a real commitment to bold, defined lips this go ‘round.

The two lip trends that were the most memorable for me were the Peach Lip and the Red Lip.

Peach Lip

Several of the peach lips were paired with soft, demure eyes, like at Nicholas K, Candela and Porter Grey.  This is a very fresh, wearable “every day” look.  Most of us can make this look work because peach is extremely wearable.  Because it is the perfect balance between warm (red) and cool (pink), peach suits most skin tones.

The peach lip look that I really like was at Jill Stuart (pictured).  The peach lip was pronounced and matte and the eyes were rimmed with dramatic black.  It was the perfect play against her powerful, color blocked styles.  Because of the dramatic eye, this is a tougher look for the every day woman to pull off, but hey – isn’t runway supposed to be larger than life any way?

Red Lip

Red lips often make an appearance on the runway, but this season’s reds were notably bright and commanding.  These lips were most often paired with peach cheeks, soft eyes and a defined brow.  My favorite examples of this were at Jason Wu, Jen Kao and Joy Cioci (pictured).

Now, in terms of being wearable, a red lip is not for the faint of heart.  Of course, Felicia of TTB ROCKS a fabulous red lip, but she’s got the personality to match!  If you’re feeling bold, go for it, but if you’re more on the shy side, try a red gloss (or red lipstick mixed with lip balm), for a softer look.

The WOW Factor

Now, I don’t know if the super dramatic black-rimmed eyes I saw at Marc Jacobs, Monique L’Hullier and L.A.M.B. (pictured) will end up being a trend, but I thought the look was so fabulous that I felt compelled to write about it.  I question the trendiness of this look, simply because it would take so much work to make it happen!  Eyes were literally scrawled with black, and often winged out in a dramatic, almost Japanese-inspired style.  Lashes were heavy and fake and brows were very defined as well, particularly at L.A.M.B.   Fabulous!

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One of my favorite runway looks this season, by far, was the look created by DeShawn Hatcher for Becca Cosmetics at VENEXIANA. The 20’s/ 30’s retro vibe set to a modern 2012 landscape captured my heart right from the start. Ms. Hatcher shares the beauty deets on her catwalk creation:

For complexion:

First we used Becca Resurfacing primer in the t zone, then Becca’s concealer only where needed. To finish off the look I used Becca mineral powder foundation dry.

For Eyes:

The technique was a Semi Smokey Eye using Becca’s Lost Weekend/Prairie Moon palette (the darkest colors in both palettes–more to the outside corners of the eyes, instead of all over the lid, paired with top and bottom, spikey lashes, eyes lined (top and bottom inner rims and top bottom lids) in Becca’s Intense Black automatic pencil.

For Face:

A wash of blush in Estella concentrating on the apples of the cheeks–a beautiful coral color.

For Lips:

Lips were unlined and concentrating only in the center of the lip. I used Becca’s Lip and Cheek creme in Petal, and a beautiful Glossy Tint in Frappe–this is also a beautiful coral lip color to coordinate with the blush.

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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

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Post and images by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Nicole Marie Melton @NicoleMMelton

The hair created for the Elene Casis Fall 2011 collection was a balance of sleek and simple mixed with a touch of drama.  The loose bun created by lead hairstylist Amit Abraham was a direct reflection of the designer’s contrasting clothing. “When I looked at Elene’s collection, what I really liked was all the texture mixed with the softness of the fabrics that she used,” said Amit. “The details of the clothing are what inspired the back of the hair.

To recreate this look, Amit gave us his step-by-step tips.

1. First prep the hair using L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium 2 spray.

2. Make a middle part and pull the hair into a low ponytail at the very nape of the neck.

3. Use a curling iron if necessary to create a little fluidity and wave to the hair.

4. Using small section, twist and pin into the bun piece by piece.

5. Finish with L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium 4 for a light control

Makeup for the Elene Cassis show mimicked the soft and natural rosy flush created by cold weather temperatures.  Under eye concealer brightened and evened out the skin and was topped with Bobbi Brown liquid foundation to give a flawless and dewy finish. The Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick was used to create a nude lip and topped with crystal clear lip gloss. There is no color on the eye, only a base color to match the skin tone.  A little lip gloss was placed on the eyelids to give a really illuminating look.  Lash Glamour mascara was used for a long, dramatic lash paired with strong black eyeliner.

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Each season, as New York Fashion Week rolls around, I look forward to viewing the collections and critiquing the beauty/makeup. Another New York Fashion Week event that I have come to look forward to is Cocktails & Couture – the premiere networking event for online media, hosted by Veteran Blogger and Beauty Guru – Lianne Farbes. This twice a year fete is a swanky mash-up of the “Who’s Who” of the digital space. Brands and Bloggers connect and have one heck of a good time.

This year’s event was held at Aveda Advanced Salon…and here’s what I wore: Sine Retro Know Dress in Peacock — Here is the dress, as featured in InStyle

Here’s the dress on a dress form

Here’s the dress on moi at Cocktails & Couture media event

The dress was a huge hit. I particularly love the retro feel and forgiving ruching at the waist. I tried to “downtown” the dress a bit by pairing it with dark tights and a slouchy bulky suede boot (Tahari). I also added ginormous shoulder pads to push the dress from cutesy cocktail situation to a slightly edgier rocker feel…sort of.

Here I am with SINE designer, the lovely Micaela

Here I am with Uber Blogger Extraordinaire, @alywalasky

And here I am hamming it up on the red carpet. I believe Beyonce “Single Ladies” was playing in the background. Now who doesn’t love dancing to that song?!

I am incredibly thankful to the lovely ladies at Sine for saving the day and graciously offering to outfit Ms ThisThatBeauty for New York Fashion Week. The Retro Knot Dress is affordably priced at $132.50 and worth every penny. The silk is of high quality and does not wrinkle easily. I loved that the dress is fully lined, thus eliminating the need for a slip – while providing a nice smoothing effect between the body and the dress. I strongly encourage you to visit Sine and check out their beautiful finds. If you’re interested in purchasing the Retro Knot Dress, I recommend possibly sizing down. I am generally a size 4 but the size 2 fits beautifully. Perhaps I’ve dropped a few pounds?…hmmm, not sure….but just thought I would share this observation to help you with your online shopping.

Well, I better get back to Lincoln Center. Fashion Week waits for no (wo)man. Bye-bye for now!

xoxo

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Holy Baroque, Batman! I love everything these nails are doing. Is this a trend you see yourself  embracing?

THE LOOK:

Jason Wu’s majestic, baroque nails were out in full force – Roxanne Valinoti for CND created gilded burgundy manicures using Dark Ruby layered with Bloodline, and gilded with Gold Chrome smile lines. These manicures matched slicked back ponytails with a flash of gold leaf. Even Versailles could not contain this beauty look!

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Now this is how you kick off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I’ll tell the story later, but for now…here I am with the #LEGEND herself, Ms Joan Rivers. Can we talk?!

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This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor Nicole Marie Melton. @NMeltonMedia

Backstage at Organic by John Patrick — The looks created by the Aveda were all about keeping it natural and textured.  The Fall collection by Patrick included cozy knit sweaters and wooly plaids in deep earth tones of browns and grays. Minimal hair and makeup created a perfect balance.  I caught up with head makeup artist Janell Geason who gave me the scoop on the inspiration behind the makeup.   Geason summed the look up by saying “It was really about beautiful, hydrated, luminous skin. Less is more is definitely in this approach”.

Models were prepped with Aveda Inner-Light Tinted Moisturizer.  For eyes, Aveda Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in Gobi Sands was brushed lightly onto the lids.  Aveda Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Sheer Filaree was used on the lip, along with a dab of Aveda Lip Glaze in Morning Rose in the center of the pout to add fullness and a touch of shine.  Geason said that recreating this look is perfect for fall because “it has a little more hydration at a time when your skin tends to be a little drier.”

The beautifully bare makeup look was paired with loose, messy hair  — which continues the natural essence of the show.  Head hairstylist Antoinette Beenders assembled the undone look by prepping the hair with the Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion and finishing it off with the Air Control Hair Spray, which gave a really nice roughness to the hair.  No blow driers, curling irons, or flat irons were used to create the look, which makes it easy to recreate, and perfect for heading out of the door in a flash.

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Here’s your chance to flex your fashion muscle and make it to the tents for Fashion Week!

Bergdorf Goodman is giving YOU the opportunity to dress Fashion Director Linda Fargo for Fashion Week. If your ensemble is the winning look, you will get to attend a Fashion Week show with Linda while she wears a look inspired by your picks! In addition, the winner will receive a $2,500 Bergdorf Goodman gift card, personal shopping appointment, hair appointment at John Barrett and a makeup appointment with Bergdorf’s experts at Trish McEvoy.

Here are my top tips for winning the whole kit and caboodle:

  • Get a feel for Linda Fargo’s personal style and color within the lines. Obviously, you will bring your unique perspective to Linda’s wardrobe, but remember to keep looks realistic. I wouldn’t get too aspirational with the picks. Think chic, yet practical because the look will have to go from day to night and taxis to tents. Hopefully there will be no snow involved…but you never know!
  • Linda’s go-to bag is the “Linda bag” – see how she fills it for New York Fashion Week on 5th/58th.
  • For inspiration and previous New York Fashion Week images of Linda in action, check out the blog posts on Linda’s Frontlines. You’d be unfashionably foolish to not do your research:)
  • Linda is known for her creativity and resourcefulness…she once fashioned a necklace from wig pieces. So be on your A-game!

For additional contest details, here is the blog post about the challenge & more!

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MAC makeup artist Kristin Gallegos designed the look for Naeem Khan’s Spring/Summer 2011 show. The makeup was inspired by 1990‘s Versace in Miami. The foundation was done using MAC Face and Body Foundation. It was applied a shade darker than each model’s skintone and Mineralized Skin Finished was added to give a sun kissed glow. The face was highlighted with Pearl Sunshine Powder.

Gold Metal Remnant, a metallic gold shadow, was blotted on the lid and outside of the eye. A lighter shade, Dalliance, was used to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. Dalliance is due to hit shelves in Spring 2011. Center Stage, a dark brown metallic shadow, was used under the eye to add a bit of depth and darkness while Gilded White Power Pencil was used to line the inner rim of the eye. Lashes were well defined using Haute and Naughty mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

The apple of the cheeks were done in So sweet – So Easy Creme Blush to brighten up the face, compliment the bronze of the face and skin, as well as the intricately designed, jeweled and embroidered pieces in the line. A combination of lip products were incorporated to finish the look.

The bronzed skin, gold shadow with bold lashes and big hair, designed by Laurent Phillipon, was perfect to complete Naeem Khan’s love affair with Miami.

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This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: www.christenecarr.com

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