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By Yasmin Jorge

Glamorous makeup contrasting with natural hair buns and nails are the upcoming trends set in the collections of Rebecca Taylor and Carmen Marc Valvo. The completed looks reflect the designers’ passion for making women carefree gorgeous and bombshell beautiful. Here are the details:


Lead makeup artist Sil Bruinsma created a modern and strong 1970s look. He used M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation and a little concealer for a fresh and dewy look. Cheekbones were made high with cream color base, but had no color. He then applied M.A.C. Constructivist browns and coppers on the eyes for a smoldering effect and applied coal inside the eyelids for intensity. Coal liner and coffee pencil were then applied in the waterline and inside the upper lashes, which must be curled. Brows were defined. Lips were charred red by dabbing with the fingers and had no sharp lines.

“Rebecca Taylor has a girly collection, but the makeup has a bit more Stronger Girl look,” said Bruinsma. And she’s definitely a cool girl!

Master stylist Dai Michishita for Cutler Salon ( did not want anything complicated in hair, but a relaxed beachy look. The hair was combed back for body and texture and then an easy bun with loose strands on the back. Except for a light spritz of hairspray, Michishita achieved an organic natural texture to hair without any other products.

For nail color, hands were painted with I’m Suzi, I’m A Chocoholic and toes were brushed with Barefoot and Barcelona provided by O.P.I. Two coats of each were applied and then sprayed with Rapid Dry Spray. ( “The shades are natural and pretty. “Nail color compliments the 1970s look with makeup and Rebecca Taylor’s vision,” said nail technician and guest artist Joaney Black.

Taylor’s Collection was indeed splendid to see – I was so happy to actually touch and feel the clothes myself backstage before they graced the runway. True to her girlish calling, dresses were feminine, soft and flowing and the skirts, tops and coats had unique and pretty prints. Everything moves with the body naturally.


Lead makeup artist Romero Jennings created an aqua water look to make interesting silhouettes in Valvo’s Collection. For the face, he moisturized really well and pinched cheeks before applying M.A.C. Face And Body Foundation and concealer. He was inspired by Summer, water, and sand for a crystal effect. Sculpt And Shape Powder was applied to chisel and highlight cheekbones. This would bring the dimension of the face out – a modern and friendly trend. A pink opal was applied on the face beautifully.

Eyes were high glam and metallic. Jennings used an exquisite tealy color to line the eye, elongated from nose to the opposite end of the eye, for a pop of color. M.A.C. Dalliance Powder was applied followed by Mega Metal Eye Pencil to rim the eye. There will be lots of new shades and formulas of creamy shadows and teals available soon. Metallic shadows and gloss are coming out in Spring. “Spring/Summer Fashion Week is feeling warm, golden tones. These shades are great for the Summer,” said Jennings.

To achieve this look at home, Jennings advises to curl lashes and prime always, and use intense black mascara.

Lips remained neutral and natural. M.A.C. Kissable Lip Color and Super Lip Gloss, an all-in-one pencil, lipstick and gloss, were applied. Nail color was a custom blended matte sheer with a sexy shimmer, specifically designed for Valvo’s Show. It was between a nude and pink color that fit perfectly with any complexion. ( Two interesting asides, M.A.C. did 90 shows at Fashion Week and Jennings prepped Valvo with these stellar cosmetics!

Master stylist Ted Gibson kept hair rough and textured. Tresses were brought up to a high ponytail, wrapped up and pinned to the bottom to cover the ponytail. The smooth chignon contrasted well with the rough crown. The look is easy, young and attainable. Products used were Build It Spritz and Beautiful Hold Hairspray by Ted Gibson ( and available at 800 Target stores.

After my interviews, I also managed to see Valvo’s Collection up-close backstage. I’m a huge fan, have a cocktail shimmery dress of his, so this was the ultimate treat for me. Forget the free Starbucks and Muscle Milk protein shakes! His evening wear left me speechless, relishing in the best gowns and separates of fine silk organza and chiffon, and embroidered linen with details including silk ribbon, lace and oyster pearl beading. Don’t even get me started on the bags and shoes, provided by MCM and Rough Justice for Carmen Marc Valvo. All Woman, All Gorgeous All around!

Originally published September 2010



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