Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Words/Images Judith Ecochard


As varied as the clothes are…so too is the makeup that for us, is the more accessible aspect of New York Fashion Week. Meaning affordable way to look fabulous. NOW.

We recently took in a whole bunch of runway shows and presentations---so many, we started recognizing the models…and vice versa.

And we loved the variety and creativity of the maquillage…AND…got some tips on how to make these Fall 2011 looks ---work for Spring 2011-a season we heard was really going to show up.

First off, we hauled it downtown to the SOHO GRAND HOTEL on Mercer Street ---for the modern fashion label with a vintage slant-What Goes Around Comes Around…for pre-show make-up with the entrepreneur, artist par excellence and beyond super nice Napoleon Perdis.

A master of brush use (his own line, FYI)…the look was kinda “eclectic” to fit with the vintage inspired collection of apparel.

Smoky peepers---done “with a fresh lined eye” (Eye Pencil Grey Matters) and shiny metallic gray in a backwards V-shape applied to the inner eye (Color Disc Clean Slate, Color Disc Black Velvet,) highlighted with Loose Dust Starlight on the brow bone…got the girls looking fab.

Half done, half not---

Human hair lashes on the outer lid---cut from a strip---dabbed on with a brush with glue on it---requires a bit of practice. IMHO.

A strong, heavily pigmented (i.e. will last) eye was set all fluttery with the amazing mascara Mesmer-Eyes Mascara…CHECK OUT THE BRUSH…

---a wide flat comb exclusively designed in cahoots with a German company---it allows for clump free (and paraben free FYI)…application of mascara for volume and length---and waterproof durabiility.

Lips had a wear with all skin tones soft coral shine (Nude Awakening Lip Pencil, Devine Goddess Harmonia, Luminous LipVeil Sahara Oasis)--- applied with a bullet brush for precise application of different textures and…because “it uses less product.”

Eyes done before lips

Contour and highlights were natural looking via The Ultimate Contour Palette…finished off with Loose Dust Starlight for a healthy glow.

TO MAKE THIS WORK NOW: “use the smoky eye-with 50% less intensity,” NP clued us in. “Keep the lip and blush the same"…. and use a metallic eyeliner instead of the deep gray. NICE.

CODA: It all starts with Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer.

It takes a village....