By Jan Lee
UK designer Karen Millen opened her U.S. flagship boutique – ï€all a part of her international expansionï€with a show of her Spring/Summer 2008 collections. Allow me to introduce you to Roman Holiday, Safari Luxe, Metropolitan and Cruise.
A look into the Soho store
Before the show, celebrity makeup artist Cynde Watson and her team of eight worked their magic on the models using Color by Cynde Watson, a makeup line comprised completely of pencils, and 3LAB, a comprehensive cosmeceutical skin care line.
Caption: Cynde Watson works on the face of actress/model Poppy DeLevigne
3LAB “h” Serum was used as a base to prepare the face for makeup application. Before concealer was applied, WW Eye Cream and Hydra Day SPF 20 were used. “I love how [Hydra Day] gives a glowy look to the skin,” says Cynde. Next, Cover & Blend Foundation Pencil and Corrector & Concealer Pencil evened out the tone.
Cynde and the Karen Millen Creative Team created three different looks focused on dramatic, sexy eyes, using bold, vibrant colors. “The type of women that would wear [these looks] is a confident, sexy and truly modern women that likes to be noticed,” explains Cynde.
The first look was daytime casual. Watson used Precious Eyes Dual-Ended Eye Color Pencils in Bronze, Onyx and Gold on the eyes. On the cheeks, she brushed on the tint end of the Stain & Tint Dual-Ended Blush Pencil in Pink Blossom and the Bronzer/Highlighter Pencil in Sunlit Beige. On the lips, the Stain & Tint Dual-Ended Blush Pencil did double duty, only this time, the stain side was used.
Say “cheese!” This model sports the casual day look
The second look, evening casual, really made a statement. On the eyes, Precious Eyes Dual-Ended Eye Color Pencils in Amethyst, Platinum and Rose Gold were used, the tint end of the Stain & Tint Blush Pencil in Rose Bloom along with the Sunlit Beige Bronzer/Highlighter Pencil were used on the cheeks. The lips were stained with Stain & Tint Blush Pencil in Rose Bloom.
The third, an evening look, focused on an intense eye, using Precious Eyes Eye Color in Bright Green, Electric Blue and Pearl, and a pale lip in Pink Blossom. The lips in every look were topped with clear gloss.
Also a part of the backstage beauty team were Frederic Fekkai, coiffing fab updos, and Dashing Diva on nails.
Frederic Fekkai doing the ‘do
Karen Millen U.S. Flagship Boutique
114 Prince Street