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Top Five Looks from New York Fashion Week

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Every February, women flock to the web to see what Fashion Week has deemed the “go to” trends for fashion, hair, and beauty. This year, the runways were ablaze with hot fashion, romantic hair, and gorgeous but edgy makeup. Here are our top five picks from the shows.

#1 – Bronze Shadow If you’re a minimalist when it comes to makeup but still like to make a statement, a gorgeous bronze eye is the way to go. At first glance, while the makeup is still very natural, a swipe of bronzy shadow or a metallic brown liner can enhance all eye colors and give you a smokey eye that’s perfect for spring and summer. One of our favorites for this look is BOBBI BROWN Tortoiseshell BRONZE Eye Palette – Limited Edition .

#2 – Messy French Braid While it may be difficult to even think about summer with the crazy, cold weather that’s been passing through, those blistering hot days are merely months away and there is no better way to beat the heat (and humidity) while still looking gorgeous than with a messy French braid. For this look, begin by prepping hair with a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturing Hair Spray . Next, weave the French braid as you might usually, but leave the crown area and the braid itself a bit loose. Pull tendrils from the crown to frame your face and run a curling iron through the pieces to create a sexy, undone look.

#3 – Simple Waves It seems as though beachy, wavy hair will never go out of style and we are so very thankful for that! This year, waves will be even looser and messier than in past seasons. To create the look, first prep hair with a sea salt or wave spray like Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist . Next, use a medium or large barrel curling iron and wrap hair around the iron beginning about and inch or two from the scalp. Remember to leave ends unwrapped to create that, “just back from the beach” look.

#4 – Orange Lips Few things say summer like a pair of brightly colored lips and the go to color this season is orange. Whether you prefer a matte lipstick or a shiny gloss, stick with shades of tangerine or deep orange to flatter your complexion. For this look, we love Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Shocking Coral .

#5 – Top Knot Perfection Let’s face it, everyone loves a top knot. Whether you’re heading to the gym, out for a date night, or dressing it up for a black tie affair, the top knot just seems to somehow work for almost everyone. For this look, tease hair lightly, and then pull into a loose ponytail on top of your head. Pull through one more time, leaving a few inches out or wrapping the ends around the knot, then loosen the knot at the top, pulling a few strand to frame you face. To keep the knot in its place, spray with a light hold hairspray like Alterna’s Cavia Anti-Aging Working Hairspray.

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NARS #NYFW Creatures of the Wind Look

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This season’s New York Fashion Week has started off with a bang, and one of the first looks of the season comes straight from NARS cosmetics.  I can honestly say that I love the easy accessibility of this look. A bright, vibrant lip paired with clean, glowing skin.  Fall perfection!  Another amazing thing….the new NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.  This foundation is in my current “love” list (review coming soon!).

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New York Fashion Week Live Streaming

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This week is finishing up for me, as I jump on a plane back to California tomorrow.  But, since I can no longer be at the shows, I can still watch them via Live Streaming from Glam.  I must be honest, sometimes watching the shows from the comfort of your computer or television is better than battling it out with a feisty fashionista for a seat. 

I hope you enjoy the shows as much as I did!

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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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