There is nothing quite like a smokey eye and nude lip. Iggy naturally has a sultry vibe that lends itself to this sexy, modern look. I mixed two shades from the Naked Palette (Creep and Gunmetal) to get this metallic charcoal eye. Then I added black liner around her waterline (top and bottom) and finished with several coats of mascara. On her lips, I used the same Vice Lipstick in Backtalk as in the previous three looks but I tapped a tiny amount of clear gloss on top – not enough to make it glossy lip but rather just a bit to add a sheen. This is the kind of look that is even better after a night of dancing!
Day three of the four Urban Decay looks I will be posting this week!
One of the things I love about showing the same lipstick shade on four totally different complexions is that you get to see how it shifts based on lip color and skin tone. Vice Lipstick in Backtalk is definitely opaque but still looks totally different on each of our four models. On the gorgeous Lisa-Marie, the cool undertone really pops and gives it almost a 60’s vibe. I was tempted to do a classic 60’s eye look but couldn’t resist playing up her amazing almond eye shape with black inner rim liner and a thick fringe of lashes. The eyeshadow is from the classic Naked Palette and I used one shade all around the eye for a subtle, shimmering look.
Note: During our shoot, Lisa-Marie gave me a preview of her upcoming music… mind blown! She is so talented! She is also incredibly humble and shy about it so I was honored I got to listen. Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her modeling and hopefully get a music sample in the near future!
Stay tuned for our final Urban Decay look, going live tomorrow evening!
Day two of the four Urban Decay looks I will be posting this week!
I am crazy about Askyla’s blazing orange-red hair, bone structure and freckles so I was thrilled to have her for this collaboration. Her coloring is so lovely that I wanted to play it up without the makeup becoming overwhelming. A subtle wash of rose gold on her eyelids and cheeks looks almost monochromatic paired with the Vice Lipstick in Backtalk. The eyelids are a mixture of the pale rose and gold shades in the classic Naked Eyeshadow Palette. I blended the color from her lashline to her brows and then smudged a bit under her eye. To create an extra soft look, I went over the edges of the eye shadow with a clean fluff brush using circular motions to blend.
Stay tuned for two more Urban Decay looks!
Note: I consider covering freckles to be a beauty crime so I skipped foundation and used the Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid in Aura instead.
Welcome to day one of the four Urban Decay looks I will be posting this week! For this collaboration, they asked me to feature Vice Lipstick in Backtalk and the beloved Naked Eyeshadow Palette on four different models. Rather than use the same eyeshadow shades or makeup style, I gave each model a unique look that fit their features and personality.
First up is the absolutely stunning Alexis Jaye Sundman. Alexis is a new face but expect to see her everywhere in the coming year because she is going to be huge! I wanted to play up her lovely wide set eyes and glowing skin so I used the mid toned bronze shades in the Naked Palette. Backtalk is a pinkish/mauve cool toned nude with a creamy semi-matte texture that looks good on almost everyone. I skipped the lip liner to show off the lipstick color in it’s unadulterated state. For added drama, I used a set of false lashes with several coats of mascara on her top lashes only. And to keep it balanced, I simply groomed Alex’s brows upward with transparent brow gel.
Stay tuned for three more Urban Decay looks!
This ever so slightly 1980’s inspired pink look seemed like the perfect time to dig into the latest Fenty Mattemoiselle Plus Matte Lipstick collection. Alex and I both fell in love with Candy Venom, the shade in the above image. It’s a cool toned electric pink with just enough depth to keep it wearable. In fact, Alex loved it so much (and she is not really a huge fan of pink) that she took it home.
Note: I used the NARS Blush in Desire on Alex’s cheeks and in the crease of her eyelids. To keep her eyelids even and help the blush blend more smoothly, I tapped on a small amount of the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.
I am re-discovering lavender. It’s been a while since the color held much interest for me but after seeing it coming down recent runways in silks, cashmere and tulle, it’s suddenly intriguing again. Tom Ford’s new Extreme collection (which I just got my hands on a few days ago!) includes several sparking lavender/violet/purple hues as well as a magenta Lash and Brow Tint. I couldn’t resist using them together to create a sort of futuristic monochromatic eye.
With so much excitement around her eyes, I kept the rest of Chloe’s face glowing and minimal for balance. A sheer nude lip, high sheen skin with a subtle touch of cream contour and a well blended pop of color on her cheeks to finish the look. Chloe has some of the most flawless (and perfectly freckled!) skin I have ever seen so I mixed my favorite Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation into a tiny bit of Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream to create a very sheer tint.
The new Tom Ford SS18 collection just arrived (very conveniently on the day Alex was joining me in the studio) and although it’s just three pieces, it’s absolutely striking! The Extreme Shadow SS18 is a sparkling charcoal black which looks great worn alone but is even more exciting when topped with the SS18 Eye Gloss. The SS18 Eye Gloss definitely gives a longer wear time (30-45 minutes before serious creasing starts) to a glossy eyelid than actual lip gloss, which I used in my pervious post to create the oil slick eyes. And of course, if you don’t mind a messy smoky eye (I don’t!), it’s worth experimenting with it for an evening out on the town.
The Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is one of those products that has had a place in my kit since it was first released years ago. It’s the quickest way to a super glam highlight and contour. I used it along with a tiny pop of Shade and Illuminate Cheeks in Scintillate. The lips are a mixture of Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked and Peach Absolute.
Note: Alex and I got really inspired and followed this look with two more… stay tuned!
I never get bored of Giannina’s striking features! I could do makeup on her every day and it would take me years to run out of looks. This particular one was the result of a discussion about black lipstick that turned into a quick experiment. I used the same Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Crayon in Blacquer lipstick on her lips and eyelids, then created the oil slick vibe by applying MAC Lip Glass on top.
Note: I should have continued the Fenty Match Stix foundation down over her chest and shoulder to keep the texture more consistent… and yes, I am my own worst critic.
Welcome to our new Artist Series! We will be featuring makeup artists, illustrators, hair stylists, wig makers, fine artists, graphic artists, nail geniuses and anyone else that catches our eye. The photo style will stay the same so that the focus is on our guest artist’s creation. To kick off the series, we collaborated with my dear friend and brilliant illustrator, Regina Yazdi.
Regina was my second Instagram “date” (the first was @ruba, Instagram has been good to me!). I was crazy about her artwork and when we discovered that we lived five minute apart, we set up a coffee. Since then, we have collaborated on all kinds of beauty projects and have been spotted together at so many beauty events that people assume we are sisters. I suppose we are sisters in creative spirit because there is no one I would rather spend a day shopping with in Paris (read the story here!) and certainly no one who can debate about the merits of true red lipstick vs. just slightly brighter true red lipstick for hours on end. However, aside from my personal connection to Regina, it’s really her talent that made me want her as our first guest artist.
She has worked with too many big names for me to conveniently list (Chanel, Allure, Harry Winston, Harpers Bazaar, L’oreal, etc.), loaning her distinctive style to projects as diverse as luxury cosmetics packaging, fashion magazine spreads, decorating designer heels, theatre posters and live events. What I find fascinating about Regina is her ability to add beauty to just about anything you put in front of her. She can do the most gorgeous free flowing portrait using a broken wooden chopstick and some black ink (true story!) or sit down with her paints and create a perfectly detailed diamond necklace that looks like you can lift it off the page. I’ve seen her illustrate shoes, bags, canvas, boxes, fabric, ceramics and every form of paper imaginable but never directly on skin. So for our Artist Series feature, I thought it would be fun to have her paint directly on a face!
Note: An extra thank you to Ericka who drove across town and created the perfect curls!
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lipstick lately – the way a simple swipe of color can change your mood, act as emotional armor, make a statement about your personality, be an accessory to your style, enhance or overwhelm your face and even become an “I feel naked without it” staple. Such a small thing but surprisingly powerful and the best part is that there is no commitment. You can change lipstick ten times a day with no consequence aside from dry lips. I can’t think of another form of physical enhancement that is so easy to experiment with. That being said, I am always astonished how often people say “oh but I can’t pull off red/orange/etc lipstick”. Life is short so go try on a new lipstick right now! Paint your lips with all the colors that have caught your eye but you were afraid “weren’t you”. Go red, go black, try neon or metallic!
Note: Lipstick is cool on men, women, transgendered people, drag queens, drag kings, androgynous folks and the undeclared! If you don’t believe me, check out the ridiculously good looking Jesse Somera in the images above!
Note: I’ve always admired women who wear a strong shade with such frequency that it becomes a signature (Diana Vreeland’s red red lips!) and while I would like that to be me, it’s not. I do have a favorite shade of red plus three nudes that I bounce between but on the side, I have flirtations with 90’s brick, orange reds, vampy darks and every once in a while, a deep pink.