Bringing the cat eye off the street and back onto the runway, butter London’s Global Color Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes created a graphic eye and flushed lip and cheek to pair with a frosty nail, paying homage to Nicole Miller’s Icelandic theme.
Final runway look at Creatures of the Wind
We admit it—we’re suckers for all things that sparkle, shimmer or bling—so imagine our delight to walk backstage and see a dramatic, heavily glittered eyelid at Creatures of the Wind today.
Katies Hughes possesses one of the coolest-sounding job titles: Global Colour Ambassador for butter LONDON. She took a little time away from her diplomatic mission to save the world one gorgeous manicure at a time and answered a few questions for our 5Ws series.
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Tadashi Shoji is known for the simplicity, lines, shapes and textures of his clothing, and the makeup and nails perfectly captured this trademark for his Spring 2015 collection: Venice and Adriatic architecture, specifically a building called Cad-Oro. Built in 1400-1600, Cad-Oro is a marble masterpiece, so Pep Gay for M·A·C used this influence to create a ‘finished, expensive’ look.
Skin was dewy and done without heaviness. Face and Body Foundation was applied after moisturized skin. Concealer was used only on blemishes, and finished off with a dusting of translucent powder, which was also used around the nose and under eyes.
Intensity was added to the eyes with Black Cream Liner, applied in a thin line on the root of the lashes. To recreate a mother-of-pearl effect, a new Eye Gloss in Pearl Varnish was painted on with a small flat brush from the lash roots up to the brow. This iridescent pearly gloss – super thick and tacky – made the eyes look finished and gorgeous. Luna Cream Color Base, applied with the fingers on the cheekbones, offered a mother-of-pearl effect. Completing the look was a new shade of Lipglass in Sakura, an iridescent shade with a pink undertone. Pep says pink undertones [make] the face alive and fresh.
Katie Hughes with butter LONDON created a showstopper nail look, perfectly fitting to match the textures and architectural quality of Shoji’s fashions. High Tea, a new nude (a hybrid of sheer and full pigment nude), was painted on first. Then, a fine-tipped striping brush was dipped on Full Monty, a gorgeous gold, and painted in a crosshatch diamond pattern.
Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, is constantly asked which beauty products she recommends when preparing for travel. Here, she counts down her top 10 travel essentials for summer adventure.
Me hiking Mt. Abraham, the 5th-highest summit in Vermont
Last week, a friend told me about her upcoming 6-month South American adventure that she’s embarking on with her husband. (Color me jealous!) They’ve been budgeting for it for several years and have one simple objective: “Explore what’s out there and enjoy the adventure.” (Color me very jealous.)
When she asked for some travel-friendly beauty suggestions, I realized how often I’m asked for recommendations about good/easy/packable products. So here’s my top-ten list of simple items—many are multi-taskers and some even unisex. Let the summer travel adventures begin!
#1. Great as a light concealer or highlighter or for quick touch-ups, and it’s super-portable too—a cult classic for a reason.
Join us backstage at the Monique Lhuillier spring 2015 bridal collection show for an insider’s view of the gorgeous nail and makeup looks.
Reveal your bohemian side with a fresh nail art look created by Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON‘s Global Color Ambassador.
Libertine’s fall 2014 collection was colorful, heavily embellished and showcased a variety of textures. Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON‘s Global Colour Ambassador, created both the nail and makeup looks for the Libertine girl, going for a glam approach with a splash of goth– think a party girl who has been digging around in diamonds.
The Beauty Statement: 1) Prep skin with moisturizer and apply Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer around the nose and on blemishes.
2) Contour hollows of the cheek with a tapered contour brush.
3) Curl lashes and then apply mascara; using a freshly sharpened eye pencil, draw out the line of the wing and fill in, then cover the lid up to the crease and blend with a soft brush, keeping the wing defined; press shadow over the pencil and blend up toward the brow bone. Finish with a light-colored liner on the bottom lash line.
The Nail Statement: 1) Start by applying butter LONDON nail lacquer in The Black Knight to the tips of press-on nails.
2) Apply nail lacquer in Stardust and the new nail lacquer in Anorak (a black, white and silver chunky glitter overcoat, available March 2014) over the entire nail.
3) To finish: While the nails were still wet, Katie completed the look by applying holographic, diamond-shaped glitter to the tips of the nails.
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Creatures of the Wind designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters tapped Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, as their lead manicurist for their fall/winter 2014 show. The looks the design duo sent down the runway had a space-like/psychedelic feel, which Katie honed in on by creating an evolution of colors within the nail design, from dark to light.
Katie used a technique called water marbling to create the nail design, with the agate stones that inspired the collection’s design. Each nail (675 in total!) was made by hand—a labor of love for Katie and her team—with no two nails alike.
To achieve the water-marbling look, Katie poured drops of several nail lacquer shades one after another into a bowl of water, which created rings of color, much like agate. Once the color had been placed, Katie swirled the colors together to create a range of patterns.
She then dipped the press-on nail into the water, letting it sit under the water’s edge just below the pattern she wanted to lift onto the nail. Once removed, the pattern below the surface was transferred to the nail. To add playful variation to the nail look, two different base colors were used: butter LONDON ‘Boho Rock’ Nail Lacquer in ‘Trollop’ for half of the models’ nails and butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in ‘Teddy Girl’ on the rest. Additional nail lacquer colors included Yummy Mummy, Diamond Geezer, Posh Bird, Pearly Queen and Billy No Mates.
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