BlackBook Backstage: Beauty Tips For NYFW Looks

Richard Chai Love
Inspiration: “Lightness”

Makeup: Using a MAC Cosmetics liner (in Dirty Blonde), James Kaliardos created a ’60s-inspired “floating contour” that outlined slightly above the lash line. The rest of the face was paled out and kept nude with MAC’s lip conditioner and lip concealer (in Dim).

Hair: Kevin Ryan of Aveda parted the hair in two sharp angles and sleeked it back into a low ponytail. To achieve this shiny, “sporty” look, he used gel and finished with plant-derived hair oil.

Nails: For a subtle shimmer effect, Julep’s lead nail stylist Jane Park used a liquid gold polish with a matte top coat (in Sienna). 


Creatures of the Wind – Shane Gabier and Chris Peter
Inspiration: “1960s culture”

Makeup: Nars’ Global Director of Artistry James Boehmer combined a velvet matte lip pencil (in Damned) and lipstick (in Fire Down Below) for the cranberry eye shadow effect, then lined the lower lashes with a silver shadow (in Factory Girl) and thick silver liner (from the Andy Warhol collection).

Hair: Odile Gilbert of Kérastase Paris used an origami-inspired folding technique to keep the models’ sleek, straight hair short. Stylists then completed the look with 60s-inspired hairnets.

Nails: Essie’s lead nail tech Ana-Maria kept things simple with two coats of a solid rose beige polish (in Topless and Barefoot).


Honor – Giovanna Randall
Inspiration: “Anatomy”

Makeup: For a natural look, Romy Soleimani, with Stila for, hydrated using Erno Laszlo’s Light Controlling Lotion, followed by Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. She then mixed a white eye shadow (in Opal) with Erno Laszlo’s Luminous Eye Complex, curled the lashes, and added the Glamoureyes mascara. A touch of lip gloss (in Banana), custom blush, and shimmer powder (in Kitten) finished the look.

Hair: Using Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray and Surf Spray to set a base, James Pecis styled two French braids tightly against the head (representing “muscles and filaments”), which he gathered and wrapped naturally at the nape of the neck. Rhinestone pins were then tucked into the back of the braid.

Nails: “The makeup was natural with some highlighting, but we didn’t want shimmer on the nail,” said Deborah Lippmann, who useda white-on-white combination (two coats of Amazing Grace and one coat of Like A Virgin), topped by a new polish (launching in the spring) that has the same high-shine effect as a gel manicure.  


Collages by Maggie Duffy/Images courtesy of and

Great 2010 Holiday Makeup Collections That Aren’t Sold Out Yet

Gift-giving during the holiday season is good for the soul and all, but it’s also fun to treat yourself to some seasonal gift items, especially if you’re into limited-edition products and creative packaging. And if you’re really into makeup like we are, you know that there’s nothing more exciting than a good holiday makeup collection, complete with new color palettes, brushes, and goodies you wouldn’t normally buy on their own. Never ones to deprive our readers of a good tip-off, here’s a list of some of the best makeup sets available now, for a limited time—so act fast!

Clockwise from left: MAC Cosmetics Glamorous Mineralize Kit, $49.50; Stila Holiday Lip Glaze Collection, $25; NARS Hopelessly Devoted Gift Set, $53; Lancome Holiday Deluxe Brush Set and Makeup Case, $59; Laura Mercier Colour Wardrobe, $98; Chanel Smoky Eyes, Simplified, $99.

How the Internet Changed Shopping: Deals for Beauty Junkies

Okay, so Cyber Monday might sound dirty, but the internet-wide shopping fest makes perfect sense to my demo. Getting up at 4am on a Friday to beat down racks of half-priced scarves is what our moms did – we learned from their mistakes. My demo can sleep ‘til noon on Friday and watch a marathon of The Muppet Christmas Carol over Fruity Pebbles, shopping online when the spirit moves us. Here are a few of my favorite Cyber Monday beauty deals to buy on your lunch break.

Lock and Mane: 25% off at L&M with the code FRIENDS at checkout.

Urban Decay: most popular eye shadows, mascara, and glosses are only $6, nail polish sets and eyeshadow palettes are $12!

Lierac Paris: Friends & Family through Friday, December 3rd. 30% off all products with the code FF2010.

Sally Beauty Supply: 20% off all orders of $25 or more.

Stila: Holiday make up sets, and “samples” at Stila are up to 80% off today!

Anthony: 20% off any purchase, and with a purchase of $50 or more receive a free Tool Kit + complimentary ground shipping.

AHAVA : Spend $50 you will get 15% off and a deluxe size Hand/Body/Foot cream with code GIVE15. Spend $100 and get 20% off plus a deluxe Hand/Body/Foot cream, and Exfoliating Washcloth, and a Botanic Bliss Set, with code GIVE20. If you spend $200 you will get 30% off with a deluxe size Hand/Body/Foot Cream, and Exfoliating Washing, and a Botanic Bliss Set, with code GIVE30.

Lancome: Free gift with every mascara purchase.

Elizabeth Arden: 25% off all makeup, skincare and fragrance and enjoy free shipping. on any order. On top of that, with any $65 purchase, you’ll get a 31-piece Black Tote with a retail value of over $300! The kit includes blushes, mascara, glosses and more! Use code CYBER65 at check out to redeem this offer. 20% off hair appliances, 40% off Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel, and 80% off Laura Geller sets and palettes. Spend $50 receive a free Lela Rose tin with 24 samples, and also receive a $10 Beauty Gift Card.

Bath and Body Works: 25% off all purchases online, with code CYBER25.

Kiehl’s: Use code FAMILY10 will get you 20 percent off all purchases, as well as, complimentary ground shipping on orders totaling more than $30.

Ole Henriksen: Eight skincare kits are majorly discounted. Blemish Be Gone is 65 percent off, and Head to Toe for all skin types is 67 percent off, Evening Perfection at 50 percent off and Lighten Up at 46 percent off.