By Amy Sciaretto

Who better to guide us in translating runway looks to the real world than a makeup artist? New York City makeup artist Samantha Lennon, whose personal interest is more about working with regular, real life women than famous ones, gave Beauty News a rundown of what she saw at runway shows and what you need to do translate them into your life. She breaks it down into bold lips, bold eyes and natural looks, the latter being in celebration of the nautral-ness of Earth Day.

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“On the runway, we saw a flawless, glamorous face with a perfect balance of reserved, sophisticated makeup that anyone can wear to feel like a million bucks. To achieve the skin, I recommend using a luminous foundation to create a glow. Dust a light brown shimmer shadow sweeping out of the lids, apply a ton of mascara and use an orange red lipstick on the lips. If you would like the lips glossy, add a clear gloss only to the center of the bottom lip.”

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“On the flip side, color on the eyes starts to appear, and to make it really stand out and be the main focus, use a velvet foundation to create a really clean, fair, or bright complexion. We’re not tan yet! Contour your cheekbones – try the sculpting kit from Make Up Forever. Use a very light peachy/pinky matte blush just on apples of cheeks. Use either a crème shadow winged out (how thick is your preference) or a colored pencil. Try either Nars creme shadow for some natural colors or Make Up Forever Aqua eyeliners in bolder colors. Use a very light coat of mascara

Dust some shimmer on your cheekbones, try Laura Mercier mineral illuminating powder.

Apply lip balm to lips for five minutes, blot off, line your lips with a red lip liner, fill in lip completely, add a dab of lip balm, and fill in lips with a red lipstick.”

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“You always need a natural look for every season. Use a tinted moisturizer on the skin for a very natural finish. Try Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It is a favorite of mine and almost everyone makeup artist I know. Comb eyebrows and just add a little powder in spaces of brow where needed. Use a natural creme blush. For a flattering color on a lot of shades, try Nars Pennylane creme blush in center of eyes, take a little eye shadow brush, dip into glitter, and place right on glue in center of eye. Try Makeup Forever Artistic Glitters. Use a very light coat of mascara, don’t even bother to curl lashes. Use a lip balm to finish, keep lips a natural healthy color.”

Originally published April 2011
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