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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.


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

During NYFW as I ran from venue to venue I was noticing a trend; almost all the makeup artists I encountered were doing very minimal coverage on the face.  Most were spot concealing and giving models a fresh faced look.

Backstage for United Bamboo, Dick Page, of Shiseido summed it up well “Spring is all about great skin.” He also mentioned that for United Bamboo the models were going to be very close to the audience so he wanted to keep the makeup simple and make it about the clothes.

For the eye, Dick applied Shiseido Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment to the lids then added a thin line of navy blue shadow from the Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Snow Shadow, over it.  This is meant to give eyes a somewhat molten shine that sparkles a bit in flashes of light. On the lips he used Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipsticks in Alabaster beige, to diffuse the natural lip tone and add just a hint of shimmer.

The lipgloss on lid topped with shadow is definitely not for long wear; to create a similar look at home try lining the eye with a navy eye pencil. Next, smudge the liner on top and bottom and then add a bit of iridescent shimmer powder over the top lid.

The hair for United Bamboo was also simple. Models wore a masculine style of hair with a messy texture. Shiseido Lotion Number two was used on the roots of rough dried hair and smoothed down about 4 inches on the length of the hair. (Lotion number two was designed specifically for use during NYFW and is not yet available for retail sale.)  Hair was then parted on the left side and Shiseido Designtex Gel number 3 was added in the front and sides as hair was slicked back and pinned. A bit of Dry shampoo was then used to give hair a slightly matte texture.


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.

Union Jack Black and Yummy Mummy were the Butter London colors of choice for Vena Cava’s Spring 2011 nail look.  Neither of the colors are new but based on the Vena Cava’s line of seventies inspired pieces that included cropped pants and knee length and longer hemlines, the choice of dual toned nails was spot on. The nails added edge to the somewhat conservative clothing. Press on nails were made specifically for Vena Cava and are not sold by Butter London.

For Spring 2011 Butter London has three colors that are not yet named (Shown above).  According to Founder and Creative Director, Nonie Creme, inspiration for the existing Spring colors came from impressionist lace and print fabric.  The green shown above was “muddied up with a bit of black” to give it some edge and get away from the pastels.  More colors will likely be added to Butter London’s line after New York Fashion Week.

Nonie Creme sees nail art making a comeback for spring 2011.  However, It will be refined and tasteful with simple graphics.

To recreate the look at home…

The best way to get this look at home is to use press on nails. Apply two to three coats of Yummy Mummy to the nail and allow it to dry.  The best way I find to get the half moon is to use the ring and index fingers to hold the nail (upside down) on the middle finger. (The top of the nail to be painted with the half moon, should be held away from you.)  In one fluid motion, apply one coat of Union Jack Black. Allow nails to dry completely and you are good to press on.

Butter London polishes are ‘3 free,’ that is free of formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene.  They also have treatments for cuticle and nail care.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: @ChristeneCarr and her blog  www.christenecarr.com.

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When I first walked into the Rebecca Moses presentation at The Box at Lincoln Center, I felt I had walked into story time.  The long black jersey dress with plunging cowl back and leopard print skirt worn with the embellished camisole and leopard jacket, beckoned to me  from “The Library” section. The green flower atop the head of the leopard print clad model was unexpected and I loved everything about it. On my way to the “The Library” I passed  the “Pyramids of Giza” and Paris inspired backdrop, designed by Rebecca herself. I saw a polka-dot dress at the “Museum” where the models hair was done up in an oversized French roll.

I spotted a lightweight polka dot coat over what looked like an abstract print dress but back at the pyramids I had left the most amazing necklace I’d seen all week. The presentation was done in ten sections where each section told a story through fashion, styling and set design.  Rebecca Moses told an easy to follow story that was entertaining. The line has pieces for the ultra conservative to the moderately risque woman.  I know I would easily wear anything from the line and with a retail price point of $120 or below, Rebecca Moses has my “Heart Soul Style.” #MBFW NYFW


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: @ChristeneCarr on Twitter and  www.christenecarr.com.

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

Fashion Week was a blast! It’s weird but I love to see the week coming and I love to see it GO! I live for the anticipation of the tents, yet I jump for joy once it’s all said and done.

Having said all that, I wouldn’t change my experiences for the world. Season after season, it’s always the faces (most are familiar, some are new) that I love the most. Check out my “Faces and Places” rundown for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week S/S11.

First and foremost, say hello to @ChristeneCarr, Contributing Writer for ThisThatBeauty. This season, with the help of Christene, TTB was able to cover over 30 shows and events. Look out for additional NYFW coverage of unique product discoveries and style/ beauty stories to post in the weeks to come. For Christene’s rundown of her first NYFW experience, visit this post on her personal blog.

Here is the lovely Christene with Andre Leon Talley, Vogue Editor at Large

Here I am with the kids of @occmakeup – Katie Pellegrino and Jasen Hunt

Partying (at @candcparty) with my Beauty Blogging God Momma Extraordinaire @LianneFarbes. Is that a bottle of Mo’ in Lianne’s hand?…Yep, that’s how we roll! LOL

Bloggers who blog about the pretty because obviously they know where of they speak

@TempleofGlam @WhatsHaute ME @realcurbappeal @Roselyn

Caring is sharing. I shared my Anna Sui blot papers with Jenna Muller of Phyto. OMG, try their PhytoSpecific relaxer!

Yea, I get pretty greasy. Don’t judge me…instead, pitch me your company’s best mattifyer:)

With @chic_thrills at Aveda’s pre-NYFW event. I inspired her to go red, read all about it here

Hey @afrobella! Its always wonderful to see this blogging legend in the NYC! We attended an Aveda event together.

Yea boy, I’m official…PRESS CREDENTIALS!

With designer @loissamuels after her show (Again, dont judge my greasiness…pitch me on an anti-shine product why don’t cha:))

With the legendary Beverly Johnson…the first woman of color to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.

With director Nefertite Nguvu (@loissamuels show). She directed the Cover Girl web series that I am currently appearing in.

My Bowtie Boo @jdavidrobbins (in the tents at the AOL Lounge)

As @realcurbappeal calls us a “new hit R&B group: Rouge Lips”

@realcurbappeal @liannefarbes @victoriastiles ME – in the tents

More love from Katie Pellegrino of @occmakeup at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland during Fashion’s Night Out

Cutting up with makeup mentors @kjbennettbeauty @DeShawnHatcher

Again with Director Nefertite Nguvu…and Master Makeup Artist @danessamyricks. This was in the meatpacking district during #FNO.

With celebrity manicurist @LuxeByTracyLee

It took me forever to find a pic that I could show of the two of us together where she doesn’t look too much better than me. Actress @cassiefree is too damn hot for words.

With the homie @beautylogicblog. Love this woman!

Bloggers @roselyn, ME, Actress @cassiefree, Blogger @beautylogicblog

This time we added the cutie pie @MissWhoeverUR. And is that Miss @StyleIt I spy in the background? Heeey Sarah!

@jdavidrobbins is by far one of my fave blogger sightings when on the scene

My outfit for @candcparty Social Media Event

Top: French Connection from @bloomingdales

Belt: JCrew (at least ten years old)

Skirt: Love this little power skirt. Major major steal from @bloomingdales. Brand = Aqua

Shoes: Christian Louboutin (what else!) These little booties are amaze…especially after I had about an inch of the heel cut off!

With @stilaPROartist Sarah Lucero backstage at Lela Rose. I have a slight crush…(just keeping it real)

With @TedGibson backstage at Lela Rose

There goes my Bowtie boo again @jdavidrobbins. Boyfriend and I are like the Energizer Bunny. Here we are at Robert Verdi Luxe Laboratory.

Me at DVF wearing DVF awaiting the arrival of DVF

Me with DVF at DVF wearing DVF in DVF heaven.

Oh did I mention, I’m wearing DVF with DVF at DVF???:)

Interviewing @jvincentmakeup backstage at @BriteYoungthing

With @BriteYoungThing creator Eliza Starbuck. We are both wearing, what else….@BriteYoungThing

Oh @jdavidrobbins……@ideeli NYFW Wrap Party

With @MissWhoeverUR…we’re wearing the same red (NARS Dragon Girl). Apparently I influenced her purchase!

With the glam’d up @fashionpulse. She’s always such a sweetie pie!

@realcurbappeal moving in on my thang with @jdavidrobbins. This was at @ideeli’s NYFW Wrap Party!

Sisters for life. With @realcurbappeal

What a way to end the night…and the week! Bumped into some fun loving drag-queens!

The very next day I said bye-bye (bye-girl, girl-bye) to all things fashionable and curled up in a hoodie, cut offs, and Nike sneakers!

Until next season…



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:



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

I have always had a thing for messy hair, so when I saw Ted Gibson construct a side swept messy braided ponytail for Lela Rose, I was instantly in love.

Lela Rose S/S11 is inspired by City of Lima, Peru. In my exclusive backstage interview Ted Gibson he elaborated on how he tied Lela Rose’s inspiration into the look for the hair. According to Ted, when he thinks of Peruvian women he pictures them riding horseback.  And naturally when a woman (who has long hair) rides horseback, she tends to sweep her hair to the side and will more than likely braid it.  To hear Ted Gibson talk about the inspiration for the hair design you sense that he and designer Lela Rose worked side by side to design everything about this look.

To create the sexy windblown braided texture the graced the runway, Ted used Fix It Styling Gel and Tame It Shine Lotion from his professional line, to rough dry the hair and add oomph. He then swept the hair to the side and did a loose braid that was scrunched and partially separated.

Don’t be mistaken by this braid…it’s not for school girls. Ted Gibson’s side swept strategically disheveled braid for Lela Rose is sophisticated and the perfect compliment to the collection’s use of traditional Peruvian textile, tweed with hints of metallic shimmer, silk, cotton and tulle.


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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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