Friday, October 4, 2013

Get The Look: Makeup From LaQuan Smith S/S 2014 Presentation

One of my favorite Designers is NYC native, LaQuan Smith. His collection this season had cool textures and patterns (my favorite piece was a pair of sweatpants with crocodile trim). I most enjoyed the makeup for the show. The look was fresh skin, with a bold eye, and soft lips. I recently had a conversation with the show’s Lead Makeup Artist, Dana Aricdy, who described in detail how to recreate the look.


When I asked Dana about the luminous skin she and her team created, she said they first started by prepping the models skin with Lolade’s Picture Perfect Primer. Dana says “Primer smoothes the skin’s surface and evens out skin tone. It also makes your makeup much more resilient, which is necessary for a fashion show.” Once the primer set, foundation from the Lolade Pro Finish Crème Foundation Palette was used to create a flawless complexion. “I prefer to use a crème foundation because they usually have better coverage. When applying foundation I feel the best results come from using 3 colors and blending them out. No one’s face is one flat color naturally so you should follow suit when using foundation. The first color I used was a base color, which is a color that is closest to the actual skin tone. The base color should be applied over the entire face to even out the skin and conceal blemishes. The second color I applied was a contour color, which is a color a few shades darker than the skin tone to add definition and shading. Last I used a highlight color, which is supposed to mimic where light naturally hits the face. I like to highlight the center of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the top of the cheeks, and center of the chin. Once the foundation was all blended I set it with powder, and then used a shimmer lotion on the cheekbones.” says Arcidy


Dana said “LaQuan and I decided that we wanted the makeup to compliment the clothes without taking attention away from them. I used an Urban Decay color called Smog to smoke out the eyes. I chose the bronzed-brown color because it was cohesive with the metallics in the collection, and the color is universally flattering.  I used a technique called "foiling" – that basically means I wet the eyeshadow first before applying it. Foiling intensifies the color and gives it a lot more texture. The look was completed by applying false eyelashes and black liner to the lash line and waterline. “


As for the lips Arcidy says “We kept the lips super simple by using a high shine pink gloss by Lolade called Girl Stuff. The collection is for Spring 2014 and nothing says Spring better than glossy pink lips.”

I loved the makeup look for this show because I’m a sucker for some dewy skin; and although the eyes were bold they were still totally wearable for all of us non-models out there. LaQuan and Dana’s gorgeous work was featured in the New York Time and Elle Hong Kong – not too shabby!


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