Who Wants to Work with Pat McGrath Backstage at the Best Fashion Shows Out There?

Photo by Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

Can you apply make-up like a pro? Do you dream of working backstage during New York/London/Milan/Paris fashion weeks? Are you up for a challenge?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you should go ahead and enter Pat McGrath’s talent search contest on Instagram. Just recreate any of the make-up looks from a Pat McGrath-designed show on a model (or yourself) and tag #BackstageWithPatMcGrath. The chosen winner gets to work a fashion week with Pat McGrath! Just one more example of an amazing opportunity brought to you by the connecting powers of Instagram.

Get Gorgeous Lashes and the Perfect Pink Pout as Seen at Altuzarra

The beauty look at Altuzarra for spring 2015 is hyper feminine and pretty — there’s nothing that shouts girl! quite as sweetly as doll-length lashes and pouty pink lips. Makeup artist Dana Rae spills everything you need to know to get the look.

Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
An eyelash curler
False lashes (we like these) and eyelash glue
Nail scissors
MAC Haute & Naughty mascara
MAC Trend Forecast Spring 15 Lip and Cheek Palette

The Steps

1. Curl eyelashes, holding at the bottom and then the center of lashes for about 7 seconds each.

2. Prep the lashes by using the nail scissors to cut the edges away, and keep about a 1/2 inch in the middle of the strip and apply to the center of the top lash line with lash glue.

3. Bottom lashes get a light Haute & Naughty mascara treatment, concentrating only on the bottom middle lashes. Leave the top lashes bare.

4. Make a mix using the lip/cheek palette for a pink that suits your skin tone, and apply with your fingers to the apples of the cheeks, blending in well. Dab onto the lips, adding more on to bump up the color to your preference.

It’s like spring come early!

Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo
Models: Sandra Rieder and Chloe Wheatcroft (Muse)

Sandra wears the 14K Yellow Infinite Hook earring by Gabriela Artigas and scarf by CG.

Get Glam with the Most Spoiled Glamourpuss of All, Choupette

Emily models the Shupette Has-It-All eye and lip palette

The ubiquity of the “cat-eye,” #catsofintagram, and endless cat videos, GIFs, etc are all the proof we need: cats are chic. Shu Uemura and Karl Lagerfeld have joined forces to further the obsession. The fusion of Shu Uemura’s name and Lagerfeld’s infamous kitty, Choupette brings us “SHUPETTE,” a small holiday collection inspired by Lagerfeld’s feline “daughter.”

And, since Lagerfeld’s sketches are drawn in Shu Uemura cosmetics, the collaboration was a natural fit.

Of course, with fame, one sometimes pays a price in a loss of modesty, and perhaps the honor of one’s very own cosmetics line has gone to little Chou’s head. Of the collab she (presumably) said, “I’m the world’s most famous furry beauty Choupette Lagerfeld, queen of catnaps, spoiled glamourpuss and social media’s most wanted.” We guess she deserves it!



The collection will be available at shuuemura.com from October 15.


Alexis Bittar and Sephora Walk Into a New Wave Disco…

It’s not often that people I know get excited about makeup brushes. But when Sephora collaborates with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar on a line of exclusive makeup tools, I can’t help but get mildly hyped about it.

The collection was inspired by a specific year, 1979–or, when New Wave culture intersected with disco. Bittar has done a number of collaborations, including a furniture collaboration, and said that home objects are something he’s somewhat accustomed to. However, he said, “I liked stepping out of my comfort zone of jewelry.”

The set is available for the holiday season starting in October. And the oyster-shaped compact mirror is everything.

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Get on Instagram for Audacious New NARS Lippy


Never enough NARS is what I say. So I was pretty excited to hear about FORTY (count ’em) new shades the company’s just released under the line AUDACIOUS.

And what’s better than new lipstick? New lipstick that’s free.

The 40 colors break down into six categories: nude, pink, coral, red, violet, and wine–modeled gorgeously by Charlotte Rampling in the campaign.

So you wanna get your hands on some? Here’s what you do: Get on Instagram (obviously!), snap a selfie, and #hashtag #NARSissist plus #thecolorfamilyyourewearing (i.e. #wine). (See all the official rules here.)

Six winners (one from each category) will win the whole range of their color category–that’s up to eight colors. Ready, set, ‘GRAM.

How Charlotte Tilbury is Helping Kate Moss Put Charlotte Tilbury Out of a Job

Charlotte Tilbury. Image courtesy of HL Group.

It’s been a busy week for Charlotte Tilbury. When the September 2nd launch of her line in America came, her famous “Magic Cream” sold out almost instantly. This week, she’ll be working backstage with MAC at NYFW on a number of shows. Luckily, she found a few minutes to chat with us about the many inspirations, celeb experiences, and how-to tips that make her line particularly one-of-a-kind.

I think American girls in the know are pretty psyched on this launch. What about British beauty would you impart to us on this side of the pond?

My key advice to any woman is that beauty is not an exclusive club — everyone can feel and look good. Beauty is powerful — it’s transformative — not only for your face but for your confidence and state of mind.Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world! Not enough women really reap the awards of looking and feeling good. You always want to play your best card in life and put your best foot forward.

You have a major celebrity fan-base. Who inspires what for you? Are there any celebs who are the actual impetus behind certain pieces in your line? Any fun stories there?

Kate Moss is such a chameleon and can embody so many looks. She has these perfect heart-shaped lips and gorgeous feline eyes. She inspired my Rock Chick look, which epitomizes her unique rock chick cool. I used to mix concealers with lipstick to get the perfect shade of nude, so when I came up with the range, I made K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Nude Kate which matched that bespoke color. She loves it and wears it all the time — I’m actually taking myself out of a job!

My Brow Lift is in homage to the strikingly beautiful queen of brows, Cara Delevingne. Eyebrows are the pillars of the face and she really kick-started the trend for full, groomed and youthful-looking brows. Cara has a fresh-faced, unique look and is such fun to work with.

Penelope Cruz is the iconic Dolce Vita — gorgeous skin with dark, sultry features. The Dolce Vita is all about that sexy, glamorous Mediterranean beauty — a molten copper smoky eye, feline flick and a perfect alluring pout.

The instructional element is really going to set this line apart, but I’m wondering what, to you, are the defining marks that make CT makeup line different from others?

CT: Throughout my 20 years as a makeup artist and through the product development I have done for many high-end brands (such as Helena Rubenstein, Mac, Armani, MyFace) I have always strived to find the perfect product. Even though I worked with the best VIP formulas before they come to market, I always wanted more: perfection. I never found a foundation that I fell in love with (I used concealers mixed with creams), I was always looking for the Holy Grail of mascaras (I used to mix five to get the result I want), and I have been mixing my own Magic Cream for the past 20 years.

What really drives me is sharing the power of make-up with every woman. As I said, beauty is not an exclusive club — there are no unattractive women, just some that don’t know understand the power of make-up. I was shocked to find out that 50% of women do not engage with make-up and the reasons are:

  • They don’t know how to use it
  • They don’t know what suits them
  • They don’t have the time

I believe a big part of this is the beauty retail environment; it is outdated, overwhelming and isolates these women. Even as a professional makeup artist, I walk onto the beauty floor and want to run in the opposite direction. There’s so much choice and so little direction, help, or problem solving, and I wanted to set my brand apart from this.

My brand is all about easy to choose, easy to use products — makeup made easy. The artistry is in the products themselves, from the Cheek to Chic blushers which show you where to swish and pop color to the Luxury Palettes which give you a step by step to the perfect smoky eye — I’m practically taking myself out of a job! We’ve sourced the most couture formulas and put them in ready-to-wear formats.

It’s also a highly edited collection for get-it-at-a-glance women who don’t have the time, inclination, or expertise to figure it out for themselves. You can simply choose one of my 10 iconic looks and go. It’s so easy, even a man could shop it!

Which top three products would you recommend for every girl to have in her bag?

It’s too hard to pick one — it’s like trying to ask a mother to choose her favorite child! My Magic Cream is a miracle-working moisturizer. I’ve been using and perfecting it for years backstage at shoots and shows. It literally floods the skin with moisture and is the magic dew of youth and luminosity — I call it a push-up bra in a jar!

My Rock ‘n Kohl Liquid Eye Pencils are amazing too. It’s a revolutionary formula that doesn’t move for 12 hours and glides on like a liquid but smokes up like a pencil. All my products treat and transform, so they have skin benefits whilst making you look beautiful.

Get the Chromat NYFW Beauty Look We Love

Model Kailee O’Sullivan poses for senior style editor Alyssa Shapiro after the Chromat show. Image via

Okay, so a set of bright orange dots mid-face might be a somewhat intimidating and slightly tricky beauty look to pull off on any given day, but it’s fashion week, and the doors of acceptability are wide open. We’re giving this one a try — those bright spots will distract from any sleep deprivation-induced dark circles, for sure.

MAC makeup artist Frances Hathaway put the look together on this one, and it’s all about beautiful, heroic women.

Do what you gotta do to get skin looking perfect but still fresh, brush up those eyebrows, and smack on some lip balm. Here’s what you’ll need to do for the eyes:

Step 1: Gather your tools. You’ll need an eyelash curler, a pencil eraser (probably still attached to the pencil for better grip), and your shadow of choice + matching pigment powder. Hathaway’s pro choice? MAC’s Chromacake — it’s a solid cake of opaque, matte, hyper-pigmented color — in Genuine Orange, along with the matching Pigment.

Step 2: Curl your lashes, but skip the mascara.

Step 3: Using the pencil eraser, dot on ultra-pigmented Chromacake after wetting the palette.

Step 4: Set it with the matching pigment.

Step 5: Pretend like you slept the full recommended seven to eight hours last night.

Makeup Artist to Kate Moss Charlotte Tilbury’s Line Available in the States Today

Makeup departments are far from empty. Every product in every color imaginable line the shelves of stores from Duane Reade to the proverbial ones at Net-a-Porter. But British makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury knows simply selling a good product isn’t enough in such an oversaturated market. Tilbury’s catchphrase is a case-in-point: “Give a woman the right make-up and she can conquer the world!” And lucky for us American girls, today’s the day we can get our hands on CT’s own line of truly world-conquering makeup.

Since moving back to NYC after a year living in London, I’ve devoted an unseemly amount of time to nursing my anglophile obsessions. There’s just something about the other side of the pond–British glamour is practical, unfussy, and extremely IDGAF-motivated. Tilbury’s line checks all those boxes; it is at once glamorous and practical. But, most importantly, it comes equipped with Charlotte’s know-how, a must for busy women everywhere.

Tilbury’s focus on ease is what sets her collection apart.

The tutorial based approach is printed onto the packaging itself, so you’re not left scrambling or googling long after you’ve thrown away the box. When I open my Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette, I’m greeted with a tantalizing memo: “This is a secret that silver screen sirens have kept to themselves for years,” but not left without my own instructions telling me exactly where to bronze and where to glow. The Swish & Pop Blusher, as Charlotte notes, is meant to be as easy to apply “in the back of a taxi as it is in your bathroom mirror.”

The looks created by the 100+ items in the collection are categorized and inspired by 10 styles ranging from “The Ingenue” (see Alexa Chung) and “The Rock Chick” (for the Kate Moss/Cara Delevingne inclined), to “The Dolce Vita” (for Bey-hivers) to “The Bombshell” (for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley/Scarlett Johansson infused glamour).

‘Scuse me while I add the entire rest of the collection to my cart.

Prabal Gurung Does Makeup with MAC (!)

Courtesy of MAC

Prabal Gurung will be the next designer to team up with MAC for a cosmetics collaboration, but the goods won’t come at the usual MAC prices. Gurung told WWD: “I design [apparel] at a luxury price point, and I wanted to make sure that the product that I came out with — particularly as this is my first foray into beauty — was in sync with my brand.” So though $70 bronzer and $40 eyeshadow may be a splurge, Gurung made sure each piece feels like a luxury item all on its own.

The packaging is couture-esque on its own per Gurung’s wishes. “When a woman takes it out of her purse, it becomes a topic of conversation,” he said of his intention for the glamorous packaging. With Daisy Buchanan-worthy gilded packaging, these’ll definitely be items worthy of an Ooh! Where did you get that?

Gurung’s makeup range will adorn the faces of his models at his upcoming September 6th runway show, and the rest of us can get our hands on the range at MAC stores across North America on November 26. Have you started your holiday wish list yet?