Alice and Oliva embraced the gritty side of the ’70s movement, enlisting Sarah Lucero for Stila to create a look that embodied a mysterious gypsy with a mischievous side.IMG_4027These are not the whimsical bohemian girls you see elsewhere, these are the gals who look like they could pickpocket you–but in a glamorous way–with onyx smokey eyes and larger-than-life lashes. The collection was a return to the era of rock ‘n’ roll and empowered women, and the thick cat eye and heavy lid played along well with the late ’70s bell bottoms and power suits.IMG_4016Inspired by a graphite charcoal art piece, Lucero went for a new take on the smokey eye. To achieve a worn-in look, black Smudge Pots were used along with lots of HUGE Extreme Last Mascara, the application of which, was describes as Lucero as: “Go big or go home.”IMG_4030Faces were left fresh with a touch of color to keep emphasis on the eyes. Aqua Glow Serum foundation and concealer were applied and blended with Beauty Blender Original and Micro Mini sponges before swashes of Convertible Color Palettes in Sunrise and Sunset and Stay All Day Bronzer were applied. Lips were left equally as simple, with just a layer of Kaleidoscope Lip Glaze for a soft pink shine.IMG_4035

Photos by Kent Worthington


new-york-fashion-week-beauty-makeup-alice-and-olivia-4new-york-fashion-week-beauty-makeup-alice-and-olivia-1An eye that looked like a jewel was the focal point of the desert-goddess look backstage at Alice + Olivia today. Created by stila Cosmetics and inspired by the clothing collection’s warm tangerine tones, the color and texture of gold took center stage, giving the models a cool, desert-girl vibe.

Go for the gold. Read our steps to re-create the look >

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Liquid and gel-based eyeliners make it a snap to give your eyes a precise pop—whether you want movie-star glam or something a little more fresh and funky. Here’s a down-and-dirty mini guide for a few easy eyeliner looks.

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Designer’s Inspiration: Masculine mod pout, strength, structure, sophistication and radiant skin.

For Sarah Lucero, stila Global Artistic Director, fall is all about the textured power pout in a high pigment color. When recreating the makeup statement for Rebecca Minkoff‘s fall ’14 show, Sarah knew texture would be essential in the application.

Start by neutralizing the lip with foundation or concealer. Try stila ‘stay all day’ foundation & concealer. Next, apply a deep lip color like stila ‘stay all day’ liquid lipstick in Amore. To create a velvety matte finish, lightly dust the lips with a brown shadow starting in the center of the lip and then blend outwards. The two colors used for this application give the perfect balance of deep berry and warm brown.

The Trend: Mod maven.

Nail artist Michelle Saunders for Essie created a bold and modern twist on a classic French manicure.

To get the look:
1) First, apply a base coat to clean, filed nails.
2) Once dry, apply two coats of Essie Nail Polish – Purples in Bahama Mama.
3) Using Essie Nail Polish – Blues in Midnight Cami, brush on a neat arc across the edge of the nail and let dry.
4) Finish off the look with one coat of Essie ‘Good To Go!’ Top Coat.

See how the makeup and nail design complement Rebecca’s fall designs on The Thread.

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Sarah Lucero for Stila created a ‘blazing beauty’ look for Wildfox that was romantic, youthful, and intended to have a ‘just out in the cold’ look. The color palette? All berries and roses.

Skin was kept balmy and bronzed with stay all day 10-in-1 beauty balms, with the bronzing balm applied just down the bridge of the nose and across the cheeks first to lift color. Sarah then used convertible color dual lip & cheek cream in poppy over the same areas to lift, pull up and build the models’ natural color. The effect was a soft windburned look that gave off a rougey flush.

A brow pen was used to fill in and boost brows with hair-like strokes, while brow gel set and polished the hairs. A sheer champagne eyeshadow was chosen for the lids, with a swirl of the always-versatile baked cheek color in the crease. Smudge stick eyeliner in taupe took away redness underneath the lower lashline, adding contour and structure without a hard ‘liner’ look. Finally, with lip crush in yumberry—a pink that looks great on any skintone—topped off with a dusting of (and another way to use) baked cheek color, the look was complete.