Clover Canyon was one of our favorite looks of the week. A ‘light reflective’ look was created by Deanna Melluso of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, inspired by American artist James Turrell’s use of light and space.

The overall makeup look was a great complement to the bright coral accents in Clover Canyon’s clothing. It was so wearable and pretty, we can’t wait to try it.

 Get the look with these Kevyn Aucoin Beauty products:

Face: To achieve a look of overall luminosity, makeup artist Deanna Melluso mixed  ‘The Loose Shimmer’ Eyeshadow with Creamy Glow in ‘Tansoleil’, pressed on to cheekbones and the bridge of the nose to create a sparkling luminescence on the face.

Tip: Melluso says using your fingers melts the product and allows for a natural look.

Eyes: We know sometimes makeup artists get creative backstage using different products in different ways, but this took the cake! Melluso used  The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil as an eyeliner, applying it from the outer lash line to the inner. (Lip liners are a great substitute if you don’t have a colored eyeliner.) Adding this colored liner made the eyes pop in a soft, diffused way.

‘The Sensual Skin Enhancer’ Makeup was applied in the crease of the eye to set the look. Mascara used only on the bottom lashes allowed for a soft, flawless look.

Lips: Melluso applied The Matte Lip Color in ‘Timeless’ with her ring finger and then added The Lip Gloss in ‘Reyna’ to the center of the lips over the lipstick to add the effect of light. When the whole look comes together it gives off an essence of radiant dimensional space.



Celebrity hairstylist Philip Pelusi and team created a Venetian-inspired look using organic products by Tela. Tela is the first brand to bring USDA-certified organics to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Re-create the look with these Tela Beauty Organics products:

Prep with ‘Healer’ Hair Repair.
Step 1: Make a center part 3/4 of the way from the hairline to the crown. Use ‘Dri’ Shampoo as needed throughout the look.
Step 2: Section a triangle around the crown of the head. Pin this section aside.
Step 3: On each side of the head, create a twisted rope braid; ponytail it off just below the crown.
Step 4: Use 12-inch sections of prebraided hair. Pin the prebraided pieces on top of the natural-hair rope braid. The prebraided hairpieces should meet at the nape of the neck, creating a V shape.
Step 5: Ponytail all hair tight to the nape. For hold, shape and definition use ‘Encore’ Organic Dri Styling Créme and Split End Repair. Braid remaining hair into a 3-strand braid.
Step 6: Tuck remaining hair under and pin.
Finish with ‘Composer’ Organic Styling for moisture-rich shine and to hold the look.

You can also try twisting instead of braiding for an easier at-home solution.



Inspiration: For MARC BY MARC JACOBS spring/summer 2014, Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page offset bold blocks of color with very clean, almost “transparent” skin. Combining a soft and cool blue shade with a very vivid bright blue from the just-released Limited-Edition Eye Color Bar, the finished look is “natural with a crescent of blue.”

Get the look with these Shiseido products:

Eyes: Page did the eyes first, applying pale blue Shimmering Cream Eye Color in ‘Ice’ from lid to crease and blending up toward the brow. Then, the electric blue Curacao shade from the Eye Color Bar was added in a “kind of crescent, half-moon,” following the natural shape of the eye to create more weight.

Tip: When you’re working with a cream shadow, use a fluffy brush and build on the color to prevent creasing.

Face: Using a light wash of the ‘Sheer & Perfect’ Foundation SPF 18 helped skin look as bare as possible. A dusting of powder kept skin natural, matte and “very real.”

Lips: Lips were neutral and smooth thanks to ‘Benefiance’ Full Correction Lip Treatment.


Pamella Roland – Spring 2014 Collection
Pamella Roland’s collection was inspired by the glamour and decadence of the Cannes Film Festival in the early 1960s. Matin Maulawizada, the show’s lead makeup artist, channeled the “nonchalant attitude of the French stars of the ‘60s” in the creation of the makeup look. According to Matin, the French stars “were very different from the polished British and American ladies. They kept it sexy, a bit smudgy, like they just rolled out of bed and put lipstick on.” With a coral lip that paid homage to the color palettes of ‘60s, along with a modern peach-and-chocolate-smudged eye, the look perfectly merged the past with the present.


Get the look with these Laura Mercier products: 

Face:  A flawless, flushed complexion

-First, Matin applied Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 to create a flawless canvas for makeup application.
-Then, he covered minor skin imperfections using the Secret Concealer.
-Next, he applied Crème Cheek Color in Sunrise and Rosebud onto the cheeks, adding a natural, rosy flush to the skin.

Eyes: Natural hues and bold lashes accentuate the eyes

-Using the same Crème Cheek Color in Sunrise, Martin applied it all over the eyelid.
-Then, beginning at the lash line, he applied Matte Eye Colour in Truffle and faded the color outward. Using the same shade, he rimmed the eyes creating a halo effect.
-To complete the eyes, he applied a coat of  Faux Lash Mascara.

Lips:  A classic, feminine lip

-Matin used both pink and peachy tones to create the perfect color.  He first stained the lips using Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Mod.
-To add a final touch of glamour, he applied Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Brigitte and then blotted the lips.

Look created by Matin Maulawizada, Global Artistry Director, Laura Mercier 

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Feminine glamour was the theme of Lancôme’s look for Jason Wu Spring 2014. This involved glittering gold and bronze eyes; natural, glowing skin; and bare lips. (See also: Our runway photos from the show)

Get the look with the following Lancôme products:

‘Le Crayon Khôl’ EyeLiner
in ‘Black Coffee’
‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette in ‘Bronze Amour’
Jason Wu for Lancôme ‘Artliner’ Precision Point EyeLiner (Nordstrom Exclusive) in ‘Noir’
‘Hypnôse Star’ Mascara
Le Curler
‘Color Design’ Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

‘Blush Subtil’ Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in ‘Cedar Rose’

‘Baume in Love’ Sheer Tinted Lipbalm in ‘Rose In Love’

‘Vernis in Love’ Fade Resistant Nail Polish in ‘Cristal Quartz’

‘DreamTone’ Customized Skin Tone Correcting Serum
‘Teint Visionnaire’ Skin Correcting Makeup Duo
‘Effacernes’ Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer

Jason Wu, backstage before the show began.

Alicia Keys, also backstage pre-show.

Mary O’Regan


Backstage Beauty: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Dark lips, strong brows and side-swept, mussed tresses made for a low-key, grungy look at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Models were given dewy complexions with radiant cheekbones courtesy of NARS arists, who did all of the show makeup. We took a peek at some of the backstage prep. (see also our 3.1 Phillip Lim runway coverage)

 – Mary O’Regan


Each model wore an oversized wide-brimmed knit hat in Band of Outsiders‘ fall/winter 2013 show—it was up to Shiseido artistic director Dick Page to accentuate the shadows cast on their faces by the hats. He created raccoon eyes using Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Shadow in Sable and finished of each look with Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Showgirl—the sole pop of color.

“While Page’s eccentric shadowing of the eyes made them less of a focus, what remains a staple for fall is a vibrant red lip.” –Debra Redmond, Nordstrom National Beauty Director

Check out the final runway looks in our Band of Outsiders runway report.

Mary O’Regan


Backstage Beauty: Helmut Lang

Clean, dewy skin (courtesy of NARS) and dishevled center parts were the look du jour at Helmut Lang‘s Picasso-inspired show yesterday. Take a look at our backstage coverage below, then head to The Thread for a peek at the show itself and the front row.

Mary O’Regan


We kicked off NYFW a day early yesterday with the fashionable and talented Uzo, International Lead Makeup Stylist for NARS. She is in high demand backstage at Fashion Week, and always so fun to watch at her craft.

Uzo was the lead artist at Tia Cibani yesterday morning, and again at Tanya Taylor later that evening.

Two totally different looks! The first had a moody deep lip, but bare eyes, with only lengthening mascara. The second look: bold, black-winged eyeliner with a nude lip. Both had amazing finished skin and naturally groomed brows.

Such a fun way to start off the big week! We can’t wait to see what’s next. Check back with us as we bring you more backstage beauty!