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By Laura Werling

Jenny Packham is known for creating dresses for the ultimate glamour girl; her dresses are regulars on the red carpet and the sparkles on them can be seen from a mile away. This season was no different. Packham sited 1960’s Las Vegas as her reference for the glitzy pieces walking down the runway this season. The show started out with beaded frocks and matching Jackie O jackets, then branched out into several other directions, including beaded floral gowns, sparkling sheaths, and long fishtail gowns.

Photo: Laura Werling

The makeup look for Packham’s Spring collection came from the original inspiration of 1960’s Las Vegas glamour; Laura Mercier makeup artist Talia Shobrook described the look as “dewy skin and soft coral lips framed by jewel-like eyes with long, fluttery lashes.” The idea was to create a look that was modern and fresh to contrast with the nostalgia of the 60’s in the collection. For the bright and dewy skin, Shobrook started by priming the skin with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer-Hydrating, $32, to even the skin tone and prep the face. She then applied Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation, $43, and concealed any blemishes with Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $22. To highlight the face, Shobrook used Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20-Illuminating, $43, to the forehead, nose, chin, and cheekbones. For more color on the cheeks, Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder in Dune Bronze, $32, was swept in an upward angle along the cheekbone, and Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Hibiscus Bloom, $22, was dabbed on the apples of the cheeks. To achieve the “jewel-like” eyes, Showbrook used several different products including: Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Midnight Bleu, $20, sweeping a line just below the crease across the lid; Laura Mericer Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Turquoise, $20, just along the lash line on the lid, to blend with the Midnight Bleu; and finally, Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Lagoon, $22, dusted over both other colors to set the dimension on the lid. For liner, applied in one line along the lash line on the top lid, a new product was introduced in the latest Laura Mercier collection, to be available in October: Laura Mercier Artist Luxe Liquid Liner, $125.

To complete the look, the lips were brightened up with Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Tangerine, $24, then layered with Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Baby Lips, $20.

Photo: Laura Werling

For the hair, TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu came up with a chic yet playful look to complement the collection in a glamorous and modern way. To prep, the hair was treated with TRESemme Climate Control Mousse. Then the hair was deeply parted on one side, then swept back and twisted, starting at the forehead, all the way back around the head to the opposite side at the nape of the neck. The twist was pinned in motion, securing it along the way and sprayed with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray to give it hold and texture. At the end of the twist, the hair was secured into a low ponytail on the side, and the ends were sprayed with TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and brushed through to soften and style. The look was young and fresh, with a hint of 60’s polish and sophistication.

Photo: Laura Werling

The lovely Gina Edwards at Kate Ryan for Essie did the nails. To keep things modern, Edwards kept it neutral by using several shades of white layered on the nails, but gave it an extra boot of playfulness with a sparkling finish on top. The colors used were Essie’s Waltz, Marshmallow, and Pure Pearlfection. This was the ultimate finishing touch for Packham’s fun and shimmering collection, all with a hint of a glamorous time of the past. Packham’s gowns are a fantasy for the majority of us, but a few lucky ones (including actress Minka Kelly and designer Lauren Conrad, who were both front row at the show) get to don her designs on the red carpet and have a truly dazzling experience.

Actress Minka Kelly at the Jenny Packham Spring 2013 fashion show. Photo: Laura Werling

Originally published September 2012
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