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Dark Eyes & Bold Lips Backstage at Jonathan Saunders

  • posted October 24th, 2012
  • Beauty

One of the few beauty “rules” I’ve always avoided breaking is the idea of always balancing a bold eye with a softer lip, and vice versa. After all, a dark lip paired with a dark eye can verge on overkill, right? That’s what I always thought, until I saw Jonathan Saunders’ runway models make “overkill” look like something I actually wanted more of! Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni went for a chic seventies vibe that happened to come across gorgeously modern with its “undone” smoky eye and on-trend burgundy lips. The effect was sexy, sophisticated, and powerful – not a bit clownish or overdone – and you can cop the look yourself with the right easy-to-find products. While Pieroni used a touch of grease to get that perfectly messy smoked-out eye, you can create a wearable interpretation with NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardoz, which will give that glossy effect without the sticky feeling (yuck!). As for lips, try Rouge d’Armani #609, a deep burgundy shade that has a hint of shine but won’t smudge. And to give your bold lips and eyes some of that much-needed balance, keep your complexion soft and dewy with a light-reflective highlighter like MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush!
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– Alexandra Gambardella

Get The Runway’s Dramatic Liner & Sunny Glow From Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 RTW

  • posted September 23rd, 2011
  • Beauty

Aside from setting the tone for the upcoming season’s hottest makeup and hair trends, runway beauty manages to be extra fascinating for helping tell the runway show’s style story. And in the case of Jonathan Saunders’ Spring 2012 runway, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni helped tell the “fabulous yet also deranged” story of a retro-chic housewife who has perhaps taken “a bit too much Valium.” As twisted as the inspiration may be, we love the results, and rounded up a few products to steal the look yourself without abusing your prescription. Of course, the ultra-thick dramatic liner is what makes the look – dip an angled brush like Estee Lauder Eyeliner Brush 20 in a black cream liner like Stila Smudge Pot (which, despite its name, won’t budge!). Skip the frosty-finished or shimmery bronzers and go for a matte sunny glow for that ideal Miami housewife look – try Cargo Matte Medium Bronzer. And be sure to finish things off with a slicked-back yet roughed-up ponytail to complete that “done but undone” look. Frederic Fekkai Coiff Strong Hold Volume Mousse helps smooth hair out while still retaining plenty of volume!

– Alex Gambardella

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