Monday, February 18, 2013


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week/NYC
Lincoln Center

words/backstage images Judith Ecochard
runway images Fraser Harrison/
Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Tradewinds $7.99
KaufmanFranco -a nine-years old label-is known for their sophisticated/sleek body-conscious urban-wear in rich, sumptuous fabrics, leather and exotic skins- for women.

 This outing -the Fall 2013 collection-was the debut on the runway for the duo. 

Revlon's Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman created sultry eyes for the show-using Revlon products to get the looks that we think---are do-able city day-to-night makeup for the non-pros to aspire to.

multi-tasking on a model
 This being a morning show-the backstage was a buzzing hive of activity from the get-go...with the models simultaneously getting hair/nails/makeup done by a swarm of black clad, busy bee artists.

NAIL Trends for Fall 2013---solid colors at practically every show we went to ---here-- using a pretty pale beige-y pink using Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Tradewinds.

 According to Westman---and we are quoting the handout-"I wanted to create a look that was dark and ominous...I was inspired by the classic film, Rosemary's Baby, so this look is all about the eyes. I combined smoky grey shadows with ultra heavy black liner and piled on extra lashes for a mysterious and sultry look. To contrast with the gritty textures on the eyes, I kept the girls skin soft and pretty and gave lips a natural flush."
chubby make-up sticks are having a moment-and so TSA friendly! 

 One product that we wanted for ourselves---the Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick i Volcanic ($8.99). We asked Gucci Westman about how to use for dramatic effects---"it's easier than a powder and a liquid...and is layerable for a bold color..." And smudge-able too-as plenty of the artists used a sponge tip brush to perfect the lid application,

a 'before' shot---to a discerning on-the grey/black eye shadow needed to be refined....
One thing that we always are reminded of when we see the professional make-up artists at work---the arsenal of tools/brushes they use to achieve the 'look'---when most of the time-we just use our fingers, supplemented with an occasional cotton swab swipe when we really mess up. 
 To perfect this sultry eye look-the makeup artist took about another five minutes and three different brushes...

neutral shadow upper lid-Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Pop Art ($9.99)

Other products used: Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Black ($8.99) and Crème Gel Liner in Black ($9.99)-lining the inner and outer rims of the eyes...topped off with Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Black ($8.99)  

backstage staple- Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré

shadow color palettes---and on the lips Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Front Row and Private Viewing ($9.99 apiece),,,with Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Crème Brûlée ($7.49)

a makeup professional has many concealer options to match all skin tones.

for the face-Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup ($9.99)---lined up and ready to use.  To define/as blush-Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes ($6.50) and the not yet released Baby Stick for Lips and Cheeks in Tahitian by Gucci Westman ($8.99-April 2013)

"Beauty and Safety without Compromise," CV Skinlabs-moisturizes, minimizes redness

 Hair by Peter Gray for CUTLER Salon/Redken

 Long wavy bedroom hair à la Bridgett Bardot-the vava-voom styles up top matched the make-up perfectly. Peter Gray added volume using Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam at the roots-supllemented with  "easy" hair extensions that tape on---noting the models like glue used so no damage when taking the hair out. 

Barrel curls and round brushes used to get the bouncy waves

hair extensions by literally "easihair"

attaches via peel-off tape

Redken's Quick Tease-for volume

Peter Gray

Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam-at the roots for lift and structure/texture

hair parted down middle-blow-dried straight with barrel brush for lift at the roots

Gray finishing the coiffeur of the only model not to get extensions....

runway look had the hair pulled out ...

The dressing area was serene-with ensembles ready... 

open toe booties

The sequins and palettes of this coat are incredible-called "fish scales" by the designers

one shoulder silver evening gown-show stopper

designers Ken Kaufman/Isaac Franco