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NYFWM Makeup: Color at Carlos Campos

For Carlos Campos’s S/S 2018 show for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the designer drew inspiration from the colorful, modern work of architect Luis Barragan. The collection consisted of strong but minimalistic styling with clean lines and vivid colors, which key makeup artist Dana Arcidy of Metro Look echoed in the makeup look she created for the models.

Models backstage at Carlos Campos

Models backstage at Carlos Campos

“The look is very wearable, because with such a strong collection, the focus needs to be on the clothing,” explains Arcidy. “But Carlos and I agreed that we needed to bring some color to the face this season in a simple way.” Her team used Catrice Cosmetics to execute two looks: one for the male models, and one for the female models.

For both looks, the skin was first perfected, a task made easier on the diverse cast of faces by using Catrice’s Make Up Transforming Drops in Lightening and Darkening. “These products are great for makeup artists and your everyday makeup lover,” says Arcidy. “Whether you bought the wrong shade of foundation or just got a little sun, you can alter the product to match your skin perfectly.” The Metro Look team kept the skin brighter in the center of the face and darker on the perimeters, to give skin dimension and a summery glow. They used their Contouring Duo Sticks to sculpt out the cheekbones in a nod to the strong lines of Barragan’s architecture. Then, on the high points of the cheekbones, they buffed on Highlighting Powder to add another layer of luminescence.

Bold red lip

Glowing skin and a bold red lip

The models then had their brows lightly filled in and brushed up, using Eye Brow Stylist pencils that conveniently come with a spoolie on one end. The male models’ look was completed with a light dusting of Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder on the t-zone. For the female models, shades of brown from the Chocolate Nudes palette were feathered over their eyes and Gel Eyeliner was added to the upper lash line. Lashes were fattened up with Rock Couture Extreme Mascara.

The undeniable star of the look was the red lip. Arcidy and her team used Ultimate Stay in Behind the Red Curtain, a red that was flattering on every skin tone and reminiscent of the reds in Barragan’s work. With subtly emphasized eyes and strong, vibrant lips, the look was playful, wearable, and powerful, a perfect match for Campos’s new collection.

 

About Catrice Cosmetics

Catrice Cosmetics is a line of cosmetics founded in Germany by Christina Oster-Daum, which entered the US market in 2015. Their makeup is luxury-inspired, driven by innovation, and always cruelty free. Their products have been seen on the runways of Berlin, Paris, and New York City. For more info visit www.catricecosmetics.com

What Is This? Placenta Eye Patch Edition 

 

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An Amazing Alternative to Eye Cream

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Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $12

A few months ago I found a replacement for my eye cream that is super inexpensive  concentrated, and most importantly works! I’m talking about Jamaican Black Castor Oil – it’s my can’t live without product. You can find it at most beauty supply and health food stores, and it’s only about 12 bucks for a very large 8oz bottle. I use my JBCO as an eye cream every single night.

Let me tell you a little bit about my eye cream journey. I started seeing visible lines under my eyes and freaked out, so I decided to start using eye cream. I don’t have bags (yet), my lines were right underneath the bottom lash line which is pretty close to my eyeballs. After using a few eye creams (which shall remain nameless) I noticed that they all made my eyes burn and get really red when I used them where my line were. Is it just me or is expecting a product made specifically for the eyes not to feel like scorching acid too much? I did a little research and learned that Jamaican Black Castor Oil was supposed to be extremely gentle. I also read that it was all natural, and it stimulates elastin and collagen production. The price was right; it was almost $20 cheaper than most eye creams I tried, so I gave it a shot. What I noticed first was that there was no perfume like smell, and I was able to get right up to my waterline with no irritation at all–winning!

Eye jbcoI began using it every night and  got really great results after only a couple of weeks. My lines plumped up and were way less visible; thank goodness because Botox was calling me.  I was a little afraid that it may cause me to break out but it never has. It’s really thick so one bottle of JBCO can last you over a month, even when applied generously. My favorite brand is Tropic Isle Living, give it a try it will change your life and save you some serious cash.

Get the Look: Miss America’s Makeup and Hair

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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.

Skin:

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.

Eyes:

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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.

Cheeks:

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.

Lips:

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

Hair:

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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.