One of the items listed on my ’30 before 30’ bucket list was to work backstage during the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. Guess what? I did it! Under key makeup artist, Ke’Na Marcell for the Harlem’s Fashion Row show for SS’14 on Friday, September 6, 2013. Harlem’s Fashion Row MB Fashion Week shows showcase talented emerging designers of color. I had the opportunity to do models makeup for the following designers, who had some really nice pieces: ESPION Atelier, Kimberly Goldson, and Modahnik.
The look for ESPION Atelier featured contoured cheeks, black lips, and on some models for the same designer, a black lip was paired with a strong, samurai brow with a light dusting of silver eye shadow.
Kimberly Goldson’s models also had contoured cheeks and a black lip, except with a twist; she opted for green and gold metallic flakes on the center of the top and bottom lips of her models.
Modahnik’s models featured a neutral palette, smoky eyes with tree-like detailing around the eyes.
This was truly a great experience! I can’t wait for more opportunities like this. Now, I need to get featured in Essence Magazine 🙂
I haven’t made a MAC purchase in a long while, but when MAC released the Art of the Eye collection, there were two eyeshadows that caught my attention – Hajar Karim, and Farasha.
I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect grassy green, which MAC describes Hajar Karim of being, and a good orange eyeshadow to replace my MAC Orange, which I wasn’t happy with.
Hajar Karim is a veluxe eyeshadow, which I didn’t even realize until I looked at the packaging, especially since it comes off more as a matte. It’s a nice shade of green, I’d say forest green. It’s easily become one of my favorites to use this summer.
I’ve had no issues with the application of Hajar Karim. I’ve used it over the UDPP, a white base (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Milk’, and with my Stila Prime Pot. It blended easily over all three, and improved the color pay-off; however, to improve color saturation (pay-off), remember to pat on the eyeshadow instead of applying it in a sweeping motion. You can also dampen your brush with Fix+ or another spray like Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose Water (read review) to obtain a better color pay-off when applying the eyeshadow.
Farasha is a bright, medium-dark orange with a matte finish; I love matte finishes. When compared with my MAC Orange eyeshadow, the color pay-off is much better; however, it is not as red or as dark. I did use it with the same three bases as mentioned above, and I’m happy with it.
I’ve played with both Hajar Karim and Farasha to create various looks. My favorite way to use Farasha is in my crease.
Eventually, I de-potted both eyeshadows, and placed them in my z-palette.
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I’m obsessed with Scandal; therefore, by default, I’m obsessed with Kerry Washington. Some people are not a fan of the neutral lips she wears, but, I love it. At the Met Gala, Kerry Washington did not disappoint; she looked stunning thanks to the work of makeup artist, Carola Gonzalez, who used tarte cosmetics to execute Kerry Washington’s flawless look.
“Kerry represents classic beauty with an edge and the Vera Wang dress she chose is classic with a punk twist. The stunning violets and blacks in the dress inspired me to create Kerry’s bold, smoky eye.”-Carola Gonzalez, The Magnet Agency for tarte
Aqualillies For Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner
• She finished by lining the lower inner rims with tarte’s lights, camera, lashes™ waterproof inner rim liner (out in July)
• For extra definition she applied five coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!
• To complete her look, she swiped tarte’s glamazon™ pure performance 12-hour lipstick in pure over her lips
Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick
What do you think of Kerry Washington’s Met Gala Look using tarte cosmetics?
Spring is here, but, you really can’t tell with this weather. That doesn’t mean I can’t bring in some spring brights, which would help brighten up the gloomy days we’ve been having in NYC. I created a simple, fun green eye for spring using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics ‘Bitmap’ loose pigment. I remember when OCC released ‘bitmap‘, it used to be my joint! I love this green! Plus, green is pantone’s color of the year, so I killed two birds with one stone with this look. Also, I believe either on instagram or twitter someone asked me to start doing spring makeup tutorials, so here’s one of many to come.
Last week I posted about using SnapGuide for my Tutorial Tuesday posts, so I’m going to continue to use it until I have time to actually shoot and edit a video. Please be patient.
If you’re wondering what I’m wearing on my lip, it’s an Ellis Faas Milky Lips color in a burnt orange shade (L204). It’s neutral enough to pair with a fun green eye for spring, don’t you think? Plus, orange lippies are the business right now.