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Bronzed and Beach-Ready at BENCH/BODY

At BENCH/BODY’s SS18 show for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, male and female models showed off young, fun swimwear, undergarments, and summer basics. The makeup look followed suit, with a glowing bronze look that was perfect for the beach, created by makeup artist Dana Arcidy of Metro Look.


“Good skin has to start with great skincare, and that goes for men too,” Arcidy says. They prepped all models’ skin with moisturizer from cult makeup artist favorite Embryolisse. For most of the models, Lait-Crème Concentrè was used to hydrate the skin and add dewiness, even without the addition of a cosmetic highlighter. For those with oily skin, Hydra-Mat Emulsion was used to absorb excess sebum.

For foundation, the artists used Gerda Spillmann’s Biofond Foundation, which they couldn’t stop raving about. “Someone should count how many times we’ve said ‘buttery’ today,” Arcidy laughs. “But this foundation really does have the most beautiful finish.” The coverage of the product was buildable, so that models who didn’t need much coverage were able to let their natural skin shine through. Models whose skin was a bit more stressed were able to get flawless looking skin with just slightly more product.

The team also used the foundation palette to create dimension on the face. They added deeper colors to the cheekbones to create a contour, and blended warmer colors outward on the perimeter of the face to create a bronze glow. They lightly applied Perfect Matte Loose Powder on the undereyes to avoid creasing, as well as around the nose to avoid unwanted shine. By not overpowdering, the team preserved the gorgeous glow on the rest of the face created by the moisturizer/foundation power combo. To finish the look for the female models, the team added a sweep of bronze across their lids, smudgeproof liner to define their eyes, and waterproof mascara. Voila–a carefree look that could realistically be worn to the beach.

About Gerda Spillmann

Founded in Switzerland in 1944, Gerda Spillmann is a favorite brand of many celebrity makeup artists. Their famous Biofond foundation is a cream to powder formula with 100% pharmaceutical ingredients that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and cruelty-free.

About Embryolisse

Embryolisse Laboratories has over 60 years of experience in dermo-cosmetics. Their products are dermatologist recommended and found in the kits of successful makeup artists all over the world.

Lianne Claire on How to Make it in Beauty ANYWHERE

Welcome to Metro Look Beauty’s new guest artist series! We find some of the coolest people in the industry and have them share with us anything they want to about the world of beauty. Up first, we have international makeup and hair sensation Lianne Claire. Check her out at www.lianneclaire.com and make sure to follow @lianneclaire_makeup_hair on Instagram.


I have been a freelance hair and makeup artist in Sydney, Australia since 2008. From teaching Diploma students to having my work published in magazines such as Yen and Oyster, as well as working on Australian Fashion weeks and various advertising campaigns & TVC’s – my work is varied. I love this. I love that one day I am working with a blushing bride-to-be and the next on a full-scale commercial set. Every single job is different and no day is ever the same. There is no time to get bored in this industry!

That said, the travel bug bit me and I was drawn to a teeny Spanish island – IBIZA.

Ibiza’s beauty, spiritual energy and booming club scene drew me in. The amazing shows, dancers and the visual smorgasbord of colour and sparkle inspired me. I just had to live and work there, this place gets into your bones. I had to make it happen! So I did.

Having a universal skill is a complete bonus if you wish to travel and work. Of course, it is always daunting going to a place where nobody knows you and you have no idea of the industry or any contacts for that matter! But a little faith in yourself and some research time assists with the cause. I made numerous cold calls, of which probably only 10% responded, with the majority of those “thank you for contacting us but we already have our regular makeup artists”. It took one event company to give me a break. They loved my website and professionalism and were excited to meet me in the summer on the island. (For this I am still eternally grateful!) Flights booked, life packed up, adventure started!

It is not easy to do, but I feel like I slipped into this new land quite well received and positively.  As I approach my third year of adventures across the globe chasing the sun, I reflect on the differences in the hair and makeup world in my experience from Sydney city life to Ibiza island home…

My experience of the hair and makeup world in Sydney is very undone. Natural beachy waves in the hair and uber glowy delicious skin and highlights. Stripped back, but radiant – goddess-like. Our style in this city is “less is more.” We like basic fashion: casual, raw.  The majority of briefs for editorial work in this city is textured relaxed hair and beautiful skin. I love this, I breathe this!

The yin to my yang is my Ibiza world, where I work for some of the biggest and most beautiful clubs on the island and its absolutely stunning dancers, aerialists and performers. Hair and makeup for David Guetta’s show at Ushuaia and Tinie Tempah’s pool party at The Hard Rock Hotel saw us create over-the-top high ponies and defined big winged liners for days. Beautiful stage makeup. A complete contrast to my style back in Sydney! It feels so good to be able to create dramatic hair and makeup looks on a daily basis instead of having to pull back. These two polar opposites work well for me as I feel like I can have my cake and eat it too.

Ibiza party-goers love to be body painted, airbrushed and bindi’ed up. Good. Me too! This is not common in Sydney, so it is not something that I had done a lot of before reaching the island. Interestingly enough, since returning to Sydney, I have been booked for more creative briefs where I can utilize this new skill and passion.

In this industry, I feel that I learn something new every single day. Whether it be product-wise, techniques or mistakes that teach me lessons. This is my addiction. Flying across the globe to these two polar opposites each year has improved me as a makeup artist immensely and given me the confidence to give anything a go and that I may even be good at it (or at least come out alive!)  Getting out of the city and into a high-energy fun and flirtatious energy bubble has surprisingly relaxed me as an artist. I am not so obsessed with my career achievements as I once was and have stopped comparing myself to everyone around me. Ibiza has brought colour and fun back into my job (as well as my life) and I couldn’t be happier.

My advice to any artists considering a stint in another city, island, town or country – do it! Jump in the deep end and swim. As makeup and hair artists, we have to be quick thinkers and create solutions on a daily basis as it is, so we are already equipped for the unknown without realizing.

Make the most of your skill and make it work for you across the globe! You got this X

DON’T DO IT – Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

As a lover of matte liquid lipstick, I was elated to find out that Revlon developed their own called Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. Usually liquid lipsticks are sold by higher end makeup brands (which clearly means they’re pricey), so hell yeah I was excited to save a few bucks, and finally buy matte liquid lipstick in my local drug store…until I tried it!

Revlon-Ultra-HD-Matte-Lipcolor cropI went to drug store as excited as ever to try the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor out. The colors that they offer are gorgeous, which only makes that fact that I think it sucks even more disappointing. Why don’t I like it? Well, let me tell ya. Now I’m no brain surgeon, but I’m pretty sure that matte means the color is supposed to be dull (for those of you who are unsure, just click here on the word matte – I’ve installed a link) 🙂 So now that we’re all on the same page,  please tell me why I was able to see my reflection in my lips. I was even optimistic enough to think that it must have just needed time set, otherwise they would not have marketed it as a matte lipstick. Just to be fair before I chucked it across the room, I waited 10 minutes, and my mouth was still shining bright like a diamond – EPIC FAIL! As much as it pains my heart to say this, keep your money in your purse, or else you’ll be pissed.

Apply Individual Lashes in Seconds

Eye lashes closeLadies, let’s talk about lashes. We all want full, flirty eyelashes, but few of us are blessed with them naturally. Long, voluminous eyelashes are super feminine and really open up your eyes. Over the years, false eyelashes have been a great way to make up for what Mother Nature didn’t bless us with, and what mascara alone can’t compensate for. For many women a full strip of eyelashes is the way to go, but some just like a few individual flares in the corner. Flares are a great way to add some volume and length without looking too dramatic. As a professional Makeup Artist, I often get asked to apply individual lashes in the corner as an alternative to a full strip. To be honest, I used to pretend that I didn’t know how to apply them because I found it too time consuming (don’t judge me). The process of applying flares took way longer than applying a strip lash, so I did everything that I could to get out of it…until now! I recently found a product that rocked my world, and made the request of individual lashes way more bearable for me. iENVY by Kiss has created a brilliant product called Trio Lash, each trio = 3 flares so it speeds up application time exponentially. Trio Lashes have cut my application time down from several minutes, to literally a few seconds! Since they are so small and light, there’s practically no waiting time for the glue to get tacky (like you would have with a full lash strip). What I like best is that each package contains two different lengths of trios, so that you can customize your look – and the packaging even has a glue pocket compartment for you to squeeze out some adhesive into (brilliant). There have not been many eyelash innovations over the years, so whoever came up with this idea is a genius!

Kiss trios

iEnvy by Kiss Trio Lash, $4.99

3 Ways to Win the Battle of the Shine

Oily skin can be a real problem for some people; I’ve seen women walk around with face blotting tissues and powdering their skin into oblivion in order to avoid an oily face. All though oily skin is annoying, there are several simple ways to win the battle of the grease. Here are a few of my faves:

NYX Shine1. Mattifying primer – A really easy and effective way to stay oil free is to use a mattifying primer. You can wear it alone, or you use it as a base before you apply your makeup. If you’re super oily this is a really great option for you, because since it’s clear and can be applied on top of your makeup to absorb access oils. My favorite is Shine Killer from NYX.

Face ultra matte22. Finishing spray – I use finishing spray on my brides and clients going to events, because it keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. The spray sets your makeup and gives your skin a lasting matte finish. My favorite is Ultra Matte from FACE atelier.

milk of magnesia3. Mik of Magnesia – Yes you heard me right – Milk of Magnesia…the laxative! This trick is a little unorthodox but boy does it do the trick!  It’s an oldie but goodie because it always has, and still does work. Before makeup companies started making all of these shine control products, Makeup Artists had to use whatever they could to keep their clients from looking greasy; and MOM was an industry staple. It has to be worn underneath makeup because it dries ashy, but once makeup it applied over it, it looks totally normal.

Get the Look: Miss America’s Makeup and Hair


Courtesy of the NY Post

I was lucky enough to be chosen to do hair and makeup for an editorial with our very own 2015 Miss America, Kira Kazantsev for a feature in the NY Post. In addition to being beautiful and talented (did you see her singing and doing percussion with those red cups) she’s also smart and funny, so we had a blast together. Kira’s shoot was Thanksgiving themed so we decided to keep the makeup and hair very holiday looking. The photos turned out great, and I’ll give you the goods on what I used to create it.


I started off with my favorite foundation on the planet, FACE atelier Ultra Foundation Pro – it’s amazeballs. FACE atelier foundation sits on top of the skin so it doesn’t crease and has such a natural finish. I followed up with another product I’m obsessed with by Veil Cosmetics called Complexion Fix. It comes in pen form and color corrects dark circles beautifully. I set the skin with FACE atelier pressed powder and her complexion looked absolutely flawless.



Courtesy of the NY Post

I’ve loved Urban Decay’s Naked palette ever since inception and still own it, but ever since Maybelline made a great dupe and came out with their lovely (and economical) rendition of the palette called the Nudes, it’s been my go to. I only used shadows  from the Nudes palette to create Kira’s subtle smoky eye. The one down side of this palette is that the colors do not have names like the Naked palette so I can’t tell you exactly which ones I used, but what do you want for 10 bucks.

We lined her top lid and waterline with a black eyeliner from Gorgeous cosmetics and finished off the look with a strip of falsies.


I love me some NARS multiple sticks, and couldn’t resist using Portofino on the apples of Kira’s cheeks. The coral color has a little sparkle in it so it adds color while also giving a nice glow.


For a nice pop of color I used Tom Ford lipstick in the color Scarlet Rouge.


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Behind the scenes with me and Kira

I used amika Perk Up dry shampoo to absorb and excess oils and create volume at the crown. Next I sprayed amika’s Touchable Hairspray to the hair and brushed it through to distribute the product evenly.  Then I used a 1” curling iron and curled all of the hair going back, strectching each curl before they cool to loosen them up. Finally I brushed through all the curls to break them up and applied a little finishing crème.