Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as “Sophia Burset” in Orange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox, glowed on the red carpet.  Celebrity makeup artist Deja Smith, for IT Cosmetics, was inspired by Cox’s desire to “bring edge to this Emmy Awards red carpet.”   Upon seeing Cox’s metallic Naeem Khan gown, Smith visualized a modern redo of old-school Hollywood glamour.  “My inspiration for the look came from the classic film The Women. Although it’s not quite ‘Jungle Red,’ I think you can get the feeling of the silver screen’s glamour and class.”

Smith began by prepping Cox’s skin with It Cosmetics’s new Secret Sauce and Anti-Aging Armour, followed by a generous application of  the Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment. As her skin absorbed the hydrating products, Smith created the “edgy eye look” that would serves as Cox’s focal point.  Starting with the Superhero Eye Foundation, she rimmed the waterline with No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner in Black.  Blending Superhero and Superstar shadows into a metallic shade, she swept the mixture across the entire lid and into the crease.  Defining the inner and outer crease of the eyelids with more liner, Smith feathered it with a brush while still wet to create a smoky effect. To finish the bold eye Smith defined the upper lash line with Superhero Liner and coated top and bottom lashes with Superhero Mascara.  To frame Cox’s face, Smith swept Confidence in Your Glow across the top of the cheekbones, down the center of the nose and on the chin and balanced the look with a warm nude pout using Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Spicy Nude, and Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick in Perfect Nude.

Cox also sported a manicure with her limited-edition collection of Orly nail lacquers, Celebrate Yourself by Laverne Cox.  “It’s about loving and adoring yourself. Whenever I get my nails done it’s about me time. I’m incredibly blessed and I think everyone can do a little bit,” she told Refinery29. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma


Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Roland Mouret, known for his signature LBD, has expanded his draped, figure-flattering fashion empire to include a singular fragrance.  Mouret revealed his partnership with French perfumer, Etat Libre d’Orange, during his presentation at London Fashion Week, to debut Une Amourette.  The bold, unisex scent, which translates to fling in English, was designed to designed to be worn “on the pulse point between the thighs,” according to the designer who worked for eight years with nose, Daniela Andrier.  It blends blends top notes of  neroli, iris, and cardamom with spicy, earthy, sensual notes of vanilla, patchouli, and akigalawood.



Thursday, September 14th, 2017

New York Fashion Week was characterized by bold fashions and even bolder eyes.  Makeup artist, Pat Montelongo, went for glamour at Tom Ford (left) as she lined models’ top lids with thick kohl liner.  “We didn’t want a straight line, we wanted a little bit of that curve to it so its not going out at an angle. It just goes softly hugging the eye and then just around the nice soft edge,” she shared.

To soften the look Montelongo diluted black glitter eyeshadow with eye gloss.  The dewy look achieved with eye gloss was definitely en vogue at Public School and Prabal Gurung (center, top and bottom). “The gloss melts into skin and moves around with the lighting,” explains Grace Lee, makeup artist for Maybelline New York, who achieved the look with Maybelline’s Shine Shot.

At Marc Jacobs (right), however, Diane Kendal‘s dramatic liner created six cat eye options.  “We’re using the black eyeliner in the waterline and using the magic marker, a pen eyeliner, and using that on top of the lid extending out and underneath — going into the inner corner. On some girls, it’s slightly thicker on the outside to really give that exaggeration.”