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Armed with sunscreen, my trusty iPhone, an old-school notepad and my favorite lip gloss, I survived the backstage madness at NYFW (and even a few shows). I couldn’t be more excited about spring, and it helped that New York’s weather was indeed very spring-like. Our national beauty director Debra Redmond and I saw new products, techniques and tips and, best of all, we have since developed our take on the newest beauty trends to watch for in spring 2014. Here they are!
A White-Hot Season
Jouer for kate spade new york Spring 2014
From matte nails and eyeliner to inner-corner shimmer on the eyes (which I’ve already acronym-ed as “ICS,” I’m so excited about it), get ready for a clean slate. Gone are the days of putting Liquid Paper on your nails; this new white is soft and beautiful and completely wearable, I promise! There’s no question about it: White is making a statement.
Shop the look with these products:
-Dior Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in White: This kohl pencil is formulated with a super-smooth texture to dramatize the eye and highlight the color of the iris. Its easy-glide formula allows for maximum comfort and outstanding staying power, while its integrated sharpener makes it a practical beauty essential. Beauty tip: Apply along the inside of the lid for greatest intensity.
ICS for Prabal Gurung Spring 2014
-M·A·C Eyeshadow in Crystal Avalanche: Vibrantly toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eyeshadow, overlaid with high-shine pearl.
butter LONDON nails for Band of Outsiders Spring 2014
-Ciaté ‘LA Confidential’ Paint Pot: A natural, off-white crème to complement any skin tone.
NARS for Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2014
The spring skin buzzword was “demi-matte” or “neo-matte.” Translation: a beautiful, luminous face that appears creamy and natural. More than one artist described this lit-from within healthy glow as looking as though someone drank 20 glasses of water a day. Skin wasn’t matte, and it wasn’t glossy—just gorgeously radiant!
Shop the look with these products:
-Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum: This product contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants that help attract and retain moisture and immediately illuminate skin tone and complexion.
-Laura Mercier ‘Spellbound’ Face Illuminator: Apply directly to the top of the cheekbone, sweeping up and around the brow to give just the right amount of radiance. Be careful to not overuse by applying all over; the intent is to offer a radiant highlight, not to add all-over shimmer to the face.
Lancôme for Jason Wu Spring 2014
-YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Lip Balm: This is like a sheer veil of color with ultra-light texture, and it keeps lips hydrated for up to eight hours.
butter LONDON for Milly Spring 2014
-butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat: Matte Finish has become the talk of the season! Create a new look for every lacquer by using this shine-free topcoat. Turns any color matte, flat and utterly beautiful.
Kevyn Aucoin for Clover Canyon Spring 2014
From bright tangerine and bold tomato to sun-ripened peach and soft coral: lips, cheeks and even eyelids sported this juicy hue. Whether it was just a pop of color in one place or swept in a softer way across the face, orange tones give spring beauty a major dose of vitamin C!
Shop the looks with these products:
-stila Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Gerbera: stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush prove irresistible—this versatile favorite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. Tap the sheer tint onto cheeks for a natural glow and press onto lips for fresh, radiant color. The two-in-one compact holds the key to easy, monochromatic makeup.
M·A·C for Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014
With a slight nod to the ’70s (think earthy suede, not glam-rock disco), spicy colors like cinnamon and nutmeg were a fresh take on brown for eyelids and even lips. But the Midas touch was also evident in gold lids, ranging from glitter (somehow overt yet gorgeous and wearable) to soft metallic dusting.
Shop the look with these products:
-NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave
NARS for Naeem Khan Spring 2014
Shiseido for MARC BY MARC JACOBS Spring 2014
It’s the Pantone color of the season, and it started to emerge in the form of ethereal, watery blue on nails (softened by a thin top coat of shimmer pink = gorgeous!), and bold, statement-making eye shadows. With a range of light to intense, everyone can play in this pool.
“The starting point of the inspiration was Frida Kahlo, but we didn’t want the makeup to be a literal interpretation. Instead, eyes are softly defined yet translucent; the lips are the focal point with the faded and diffused berry shade complementing the collection.”-Lead Artist James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
Get the look with these NARS products:
Brow: To keep the brows from looking too literal to the Frida inspiration, only Brow Gel in ‘Oural’ was applied.
Lip: A mix of two Satin Lip Pencils were used: ‘Hyde Park’ and ‘Yu’; starting at the center of the lip, the color was pressed into the lips, creating a wine stain effect.
Eyes: ‘The ‘Multiple’ Stick in ‘South Beach’ was applied first on the lids, followed by Single Eyeshadow in ‘Lola Lola’, used in place of liner; James used an Eye Shader Brush to apply, smudging the shadow with his fingertips.
Nails: Two colors by Essie Nail Polish: ‘A List’ for the fingers (‘Really Red’ is a comparable shade) and ‘Sugar Daddy’ for the toes.
“With its fresh spin on tribal motifs combined with luxe fabrics and intricate embellishments, the collection called for clean and polished makeup with a bit of playfulness. We added a hint of platinum shimmer and a strong, graphic black eyeliner. Keeping the look modern and updated, a nude lip complemented the athletic playfulness in the collection.”–Uzo, Lead Artist for NARS Cosmetics
Get the look with these NARS products.
Mousson Cream Eyeshadow with Euphrate Single Eyeshadow layered on top
‘Delicate Pale Peach’ side of Key Largo Duo Eyeshadow
‘Sheer White Shimmer’ side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Black Valley Eye Paint (Eye Paints are new for fall and exclusive to Nordstrom)
Larger Than Life® Volumizing Mascara
Tip: Lightly press concealer on lips (don’t use too much) to wipe out any color and make your lips a blank canvas. Plus, it helps your lipstick last longer.
These dip-dyed graduated bobs are to die for!
“The real statement of the makeup look is the satin-textured orange lip. It contrasts the color and finish of the opalescent-textured eye, and it also references the era of the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein, which was a source of inspiration for Shane and Chris. We loved the idea of translating this into the beauty look as well.” —Lead Artist James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
Get the look with these NARS products:
Duo Eyeshadow in Iceland
Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Red Square
Lipstick in Timanfaya (this shade will be available in spring; for now, try Heat Wave)
Next year, NARS will celebrate 20 years as a leading innovator in both cosmetics and skincare. The man behind all the makeup magic, François Nars, shares his respected POV on beauty with us.
BEAUTY 24/7: How do you define beauty?
FRANÇOIS NARS: Character and personality are the most important things when it comes to beauty. Confidence is the most glamorous thing to me.
When did you know you’d found success in the beauty industry?
Knowing that I started something that didn’t exist at the time. I created NARS because I knew what I, as a makeup artist, wanted to use. What we brought to the market was a very special product.
The modern face of summer: NARS Summer Shock
What’s the one product you can’t live without?
The Multiple! For someone on the run, the Multiple is the best product to use. I love the new color for summer, ‘Puerto Vallarta.’ The shimmering tangerine shade can be used on cheeks, eyes, lips—anywhere you want that perfect summer flush.
You have been quoted as saying that makeup is “a great way to make you feel better.” Can you describe a moment that defines this quote for you?
My books are the perfect example. In X-Ray, I showed transformations from well-known personalities to fantastical characters and had so much fun. With Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, I showed real women and men and how they can enhance their natural features and embrace their individual beauty.
What advice do you have for women who want to change their looks but don’t know where to start?
It’s very important that you really believe in yourself. Believe in yourself first, but also believe in your own beauty. Makeup is there to enhance that, but beautiful makeup starts with beautiful, healthy skin. Moisturize with NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer and add a red lipstick like NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg. That combination provides a sexy, very beautiful feeling right away.
All of your product have such great names. Which name is your favorite and why?
It’s difficult to choose just one! They are all my favorites. One that I am very fond of is ‘Shanghai Express’ Lipstick, after the Marlene Dietrich film. I keep a small notebook for names of products and sometimes, in the middle of the night, I’ll wake up and write down a name for a lipstick or an eye shadow. Inspiration comes from anything; literature, movies, opera, traveling, nature, poetry, sometimes even the street. We had fun with the most recent collection of Satin Lip Pencils because we named them after really well-known parks and public spaces.
Make your mark with NARS this summer.
As the flashbulbs fade in the south of France, we’re offering our own accolades for outstanding achievements in makeup:
Best Red Lip. Ethereal style-rules rebel Carey Mulligan gleamed in pale pink Dior and a perfect pop of cherry on her lips, dispelling the notion that pink-red pairings are faux pas. NARS makeup artist Georgie Eisdell created this luscious look with NARS Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil and Jungle Red Lipstick.
Best Eyes. Spanish actress Blanca Suárez channeled mod-siren glamour in Giorgio Armani Privé, enhanced by perfectly winged eyeliner and endless lashes. Get the look with Smashbox’s ‘Love Me’ Paint Pen—a foolproof liner for creating epic eyes—and ‘Full Exposure’ Mascara, a volumizing, lengthening, no-smudge scene-stealer.
Best Natural Cheek. Paz Vega’s barely-there makeup is the perfect yin to her beaded Roberto Cavalli yang, and it lets her luminous skin take top billing. Get the look with dewy, water-based Chantecaille ‘Future Skin’ Foundation and translucent, slightly shimmery ‘Poudre de Pearl’ Cheek Color.
Best Pink Lipstick on a Redhead. Another vote to make pink-red marriage legal, inspired by Nicole Kidman (in Dior Haute), whose watermelon-hued lipstick coordinated perfectly with her Salvatore Ferragamo Minaudière (and famous flaming locks). Get the look with Sweet Watermelon Lip Luminizer by Clé de Peau Beauté.
(Images courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo & Giorgio Armani)
Two of our beauty stylists are teaming up this month to bring you their top picks in Nordstrom Beauty. Meet Allyson White at the Walnut Creek store and Joy Schmitz at the Bloomington store.
Dior ‘Diorskin Nude’ Compact Foundation. With the weather getting warmer, we all should be setting our foundation with a powder. Personally, I prefer a loose powder, but this is one of my favorites. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and gives a radiant glow without that mid-day shine. If you don’t use a liquid foundation, you can still use this powder alone to create a sheer matte look.
Tocca! I am so excited that Nordstrom is now carrying Tocca. They offer a variety of unique scents in perfumes, body washes, lotions and candles. I love the Canele da Viaggio travel candle set. It offers four mini-size candles—‘Cleopatra,’ ‘Grace,’ ‘Havana’ and ‘Kyoto’—wrapped in Tocca’s signature blue box. It’s the perfect hostess gift! Tocca also makes solid perfumes that are great for travel or just to keep in your purse for use on the go.
NARS Satin Lip Pencils. NARS’s newest lip product is a must! The pencils have a creamy, comfortable texture that gives a beautiful sheen to the lip—similar to a gloss but without the stickiness—and they make for an easy application of lip liner and lipstick in one. In a a range of 13 colors, from nude to a deep burgundy, there is something for everyone! A favorite for me is ‘Luxembourg’—a bright watermelon shade.
Nordstrom Nail Color. Nails are the biggest trend in beauty, not to mention one of my favorites! I am a nail polish junkie! Nordstrom has recently launched its own brand of beauty products, one of them being nail polish. With 28 colors available, there’s definitely one for you, whether you prefer a natural shade or something a bit more adventurous.
Two words: Downton Abbey.
The show’s Lady Mary character was the inspiration for NARS Director for Global Artistry James Boehmer. At Naeem Khan, decadence—and the idea of a strong woman in the 1920s—had the greatest influence on Boehmer’s makeup.
The brows had our attention. The strongest brow look we’ve seen so far for fall, it captured the essence of the 1920s by being drawn longer, straighter and extending outward and down. New brow definers (available fall ‘13) were used to provide shape, followed by Coconut Grove Shadow on top for extra impact.
Boehmer talked about the diffusion of light seen in black-and-white film and the idea of highlighting and shadowing for shape. Following this, highlighter was thoughtfully applied to the inner corners of the eyes to illuminate them. NARS Alahambra Duo Eyeshadow was applied on the eyelid and used as a highlighter in the center of the lip.
It’s amazing to think that before slick camera tricks were possible, makeup and lighting created those beautiful halos seeming to illuminate starlets’ faces.
We left backstage inspired to go home and practice our highlighting techniques in hopes of being our own modern starlet!