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Hourglass Cosmetics at La Perla for New York Fashion Week 2013

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 I am so excited to share the  beauty looks created by makeup artist Moani Lee for Hourglass at the La Perla fall 2013 presentation. The collection, which featured lace, tulle and silk designs, embodies elegance, sensuality and romance. La Perla designer Giovanni Bianchi looked to Spain for inspiration, specifically the moody color palette of painter Francisco Goya, and the embellished livery of bullfighters.  “I wanted to capture the sensuality and the strength of the woman wearing this decadent lingerie,” says Lee, who focused on elegant brows, radiant skin and dramatic lips worthy of an Almodóvar heroine.

The looks below are stunning, and are easily transferable to everyday life. I can honestly say the Hourglass cosmetics is one of my favorite lines, and I will be recreating these looks on myself.  

For La Perla’s Black Label collection, which referenced mysterious themes including erotic art and surrealism, Lee switched the focus from the lips to the eyes. “The second look is a fresh take on the classic smoky eye, featuring a blend of black and brown kohl liner,” she says. “There are no harsh lines, it’s a softer interpretation that showcases beautiful, almond-shaped eyes.” The nude color on lips is a preview of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo, a collection of sophisticated neutral lipsticks to be released in the fall.

Lee has a mixmaster approach to makeup: To imbue skin with a multi-dimensional luminescence, she combined three different shades of Hourglass foundation, concealer, and finishing powder. As for the scene-stealing scarlet lip, she blended two shades of Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick. “It was one part Icon and three parts Raven,” she says. “The mixture of blue red and orange red makes for an opulent and regal fall statement that even Goya himself might have appreciated.”



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SKIN: Prep with Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum to create a seamless canvas for makeup. Follow with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in three shades: Porcelain, Ivory and Honey. “I use the deepest shade to contour, the lightest shade to highlight and the matching shade for the rest of the skin,” says Lee. Repeat the process with Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in three shades: Hidden, Fair and Tan. Finish up with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in three shades: Radiant (golden beige), Dim (neutral beige) and Luminous (champagne pearl). “Blending the three powders creates an exceptional glow. You can literally become your own lighting technician.”

EYES: Augment brows with Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette. Next, line the eyes with Hourglass Film Noir Kohl Eye Pencil in Espresso, and apply the mauve shimmer shade from Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition to the lids. “To create a watery effect, I like to dampen my brush with a little No. 28 Primer Serum,” says Lee. “Unlike using water, the shadow never really dries down.” Finish with a few coats of Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara.

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Fall Fashion Inspired Marshalls Giveaway!

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Last month I was asked to I participate in the Marshalls fall fashion challenge where I was given a $100 gift card to shop for a look (or looks) inspired by fall’s top trends. The task was simple; choose a trend from these three: color, prints or ladylike with an edge.  Of course I chose “ladylike with an edge”.  I scoured the stores looking for shifts and dresses that would get me through New York Fashion Week without too much fuss.

I found two Anne Klien shifts, similar to those above and a two pairs of simple (edgy, shall we say) chroc pumps.   I tried my best to stick with the beauty trends, even though I am a very simple and classic (or shall I say “whatever is most comfy”) kind of gal. The amazing thing about it was how many great finds there were at the store.  I had to focus on my goal, and not get distracted….Joe jeans, cozy sweaters…oh my!!

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NARS New York Fashion Week

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Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting NARS Global Director of Artistry James Boehmer, who could haven’t been cooler.  Seriously cool.  We talked makeup and Fashion Week, and he let me in on the secrets of NARS artists, and that “they always want one piece of definition within the neutral palette.

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Essie for New York Fashion Week

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Essie Nailpolish Backstage at 2012 Spring NYFW

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New York Fashion Week isn't all about the glitz and glamour of clothes, hair and makeup….it is also all about the little details that make a look complete. That is my favorite part of Fashion Week.  The fact that even the smallest details, such as nails, can be so intricate and complete a look.  Here are two inspired looks by Essie for the Tory Burch and Phillip Lam shows.  Love!

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Win a trip to New York Fashion Week!

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Lets face it, at one time or another we have all dreamed of being a rockstar.  I personally use my car as my own personal stage and belt out my best Tina Turner every chance I get. Yet, when I want to look like I rockstar, I tend to turn to my three favorite classic pieces pumped up with some fierce accesories.  Softer colors still keep the look elegant, while the skulls, and prints add an extra punch.

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The Plastic Surgery A Model Needs to Look Like Barbie

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This morning I was reading Yahoo's Fashion+Beauty section, and read the most incredible article.  As a "healthy" girl (or shall we say curvy?) myself, I have always been horrified at the medias perception of what a beautiful woman should look like.  Skinny, Tall, and a strong resemblence to Barbie seems to be the norm.  But I, like many others, am a whole different type of normal beauty.  Curvy, soft, and no where near a size 0.  Yet, I believe I shine.  Why can't we focus on inner beauty, the radiance of a woman's smile, the curve of her hips, and the light in her eyes.  I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

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