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By Laura Werling

Photo: Laura Werling

Designers Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie created a sleek look this season for their Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, pulling inspiration from the Philippines for an island vibe. Since Ochs is half Filipino, drawing from her mother’s culture came naturally to her and design partner Cushnie; the collection seemed to flow effortlessly down the runway with subtle hints of their inspiration peeking through their signature form fitting, sleek pieces. They even experimented with a few looks in swimwear, which fit right in with the curved lines and body conscious silhouettes of the collection. For a splash of color amid the black and white, Cushnie et Ochs added some aqua and a dash of bright blue.

The makeup look was inspired by the early 60’s, when looking polished and well groomed was a must. The goal was to create a look that was natural and sophisticated, to keep in line with the Filipino island inspiration and the smooth lines of the collection. The focus was on the eyes, and Maybelline lead makeup artist Charlotte Willer flawlessly executed the look. The start, Willer evened out the skin tone with Maybelline Dream Fresh Beauty Balm Skin Protector Foundation. This gives the skin a fresh, natural tone. The foundation was also used to contour the face, mostly under the cheekbones up through the temples. Then, for the eyes, Willer used a Maybelline gel eyeliner to get that bold, 60’s line seeping across the eye. But here’s a quick tip for gel liner; start by drawing out where you want the gel liner with a brown eyeliner pencil first. That way, you can have a template for where you sweep the gel liner across the eye and it’s much easier to get it right in one try. There is lots of mascara on the top lashes, Maybelline’s Falsies Flared Volume Express in black, to complete the 60’s eye. The eyebrow is kept natural, and only filled in slightly with a pencil when necessary. The lips are nude, with a peachy nude Maybelline Sensational Lipstick, then topped with Maybelline Beauty Lip Balm for a fresher, more laid-back look.

Photo: Laura Werling

The hair was expertly done by Antonio Corral-Calero of Moroccanoil. Corral-Calero was inspired by the opulent style of 80’s style icon and former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. The idea was for a strong yet simple look that can work for the modern Cushnie et Ochs girl. Starting off, the hair was treated with Moroccanoil Treatment, a styling cream used as a healthy base. Then the hair was blown straight using Moroccanoil’s Ionic Ceramic Brush and a touch of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to tame flyaways. Then, the hair was parted in the middle of the head and straightened with a flat iron, and set with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium. The front was sleekly placed behind the ears and sprayed back to make it shiny just around the hairline. The look was finished off with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, for a luxurious, dramatic shine.

The curving lines, smooth fabrics, and slim silhouettes mixed with the plush hair and polished, natural makeup made the Cushnie et Ochs Spring/Summer 2013 collection the perfect mix of island and urban.

Originally published September 2012
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