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By Melanie Kroupa


From fairy tales to brothers grim, Lela Rose was able to capture magic throughout her AW2013 ready-to-wear collection. Her wide range of colors from grays to fuchsia was all layered throughout, with accents of lace and feathers.

Before models went into makeup, their skin was prepped with Arcona Skincare. I personally was extremely excited to see them backstage. Arcona is an amazing skincare line and I have been using their products since 2006 and I always receive compliments on my skin. They first cleansed the skin with Triad Pads Refresh, it not only helps to cleanse, but also adds antioxidants. They then used Magic White Ice Moisturizer. Extremely lightweight, soaks deep into the skin, leaving it hydrated. Over the Magic White Ice they then applied Hydrating Serum. Not only does this give a boost of moisture also helps fill in fine lines acting as a face primer. They used Eye Dew to refresh the eyes. From their models were ready for makeup.

Lead makeup artist Romy Soleimani for Stila Cosmetics was able to capture and enhance all of Lela Rose designs, texture and color through her vision of makeup. Illuminating BB Cream played a huge role to create a magical finish. Romy applied BB Cream was applied all over giving a full coverage with a light finish and feel. If needed she then applied Stay All Day Concealer were necessary. Once she created a smooth canvas she applied Jewel Eye shadow in Opal from lash line to brow and on the cheeks. Opal eye shadow finishes in a soft white iridescent, leaving the skin looking dewy, iridescent and transparent. From there she brushed on a soft layer of Glamoureyes Mascara, giving the lashes more of a defined look. For blush she went with Sweetpea Convertible Cream Color. This cool pink leaves the skin looking more luminous with a natural finish. With lips she kept it soft and simple with Sonya Lip Balm. Cross between a lipstick and lip balm. She wanted the focus to be on the skin, giving a soft transparent finish. For Fall she feels everyone should focus on their skin and start using a BB Cream. She loves how BB Creams gives full coverage with a lightweight feel.

Ted Gibson created hair. He wanted to achieve a very “ethereal fairy tale look.” He wanted the hair to complement the Lela Rose collection, adding to the fairytale feel. Ted first used Beautiful Hairspray all over, giving the hair texture. He then wrapped small sections of hair around U-shape aluminum foil. While your hair is tightly wrapped you clamp your straightener around the foil to add heat. Wrapping your hair around the aluminum you will receive better curls than using a curling iron. After the foils sit, he then brushed out hair carefully with a thin comb to texturize while back coming the crown. Last and final step he then gathered the hair and pinned the ends up at the nape of the neck. This will help create and add additional volume.

Deborah Lippmann wanted to step out of the box and go for a straight runway look. She used one of her new polishes called I wanna be Sedated, a sage green dirty mustard. She didn’t want to use a traditional neutral. She wanted to have fun and add a pop of color. Deborah is excited that designers are adding nails to their shows. As she feels, you aren’t completely dressed until your nails are done.

Originally published February 2013



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