Saturday, September 11, 2010

Beauty Breakdown; "Fashion's Night Out"

In New York City 2009, Ana Wintour, the editor-in-chief of the fashion "bible", Vogue Magazine, came up with an idea to bring fashion to the masses in an unprecedented event known as "Fashion's Night Out". In collaboration with participating retailers, her vision was to get every possible customer base to become "excited" about fashion again and go shopping. The hope, would be to stimulate an economy in decline and boost sales through heavy promotions, free gifts with purchase and, of course, celebrity appearances.

On September 10, 2010, Fashion's Night Out celebrated it's 2nd year with even more participating retailers including high-end boutiques, established fashion houses, cosmetic retailers and, especially, department stores like the famous Macy's in Herald Square. The event was complete with giveaways, product demos and (to my IMMENSE fortune) an appearance by the tremendously talented and award winning songstress: Joss Stone.

Joss is bad-ass. I gotta be blunt, that's the first thing that comes to my mind when trying to describe her. Not only is she supremely talented, but her heart is really in the right place. She's incredibly courteous and generous and you can see it in her already beautiful face.

For the event, the talented Nick Barose was the artist who got to work with Joss on creating a fun and young smoky eye utilizing deep blues and off-grays. Her skin was prepped with moisturizers and then a thin layer of foundation was applied and set with mineralized powder to give a satin-like glow. Lips were left almost completely bare with a tinge of pink-gloss to add shine and complement the rosy blush swept along her fantastic cheekbones.

To recreate this look try;

FACE Stockholm Orange Cream moisturizer to soothe skin with light emollients and a burst of Vitamin C.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Foundation for a satin finish that won't dry out and gives flawless coverage from even the tiniest drop.

Benefit Cosmetics CORALista cheek color has a tinge of red in it to create a sun-kissed facade without looking ruddy. And just a bit of shimmer to add glow to the apples of the cheeks.

the Balm "Ruby my Grapefruit" has a plumping effect to give the lips more fullness and a smidge of fruit flavor to give your lips tasty appeal.

Jordana Eyeshadow in "Gunmetal" and "Alter-Ego" layered and buffed will give that dreamy "smokey-eye" effect but keeps them young and playful with shimmery tones of blue and grey.

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