Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011: Surprising (but Simple) Beauty at Derek Lam
This morning we were up bright and early to see the look that Estée Lauder and T3 created to accompany Derek Lam's Spring 2011 collection down the runway. Although we woke up earlier than we would have during the work week, the backstage energy jolted us into gear quicker than a 5-Hour Energy. Thus, we were able to jot down a few tricks that we expect you to test out while you're watching tonight's MTV Video Music Awards.
In terms of makeup, Estée Lauder is known for their gorgeous and sophisticated wearable colors that the everyday woman can wear. (They don't exactly push the cosmetic gamut like MAC and Make Up Forever tend to do.) So when we saw Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux applying a coral winged liner to the models, we had two immediate questions: What was this tropical color, and where can we get it?
To much of our surprise, Pecheux was using two (to-be-released) Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipsticks, along with their Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Coral. We've heard of using your lipstick as a cream blush when you're in a pinch, but on your eyes? How innovative! (Ed note: Estée Lauder does not recommend using products intended for your lips on your eyes, so apply at your own risk.) Now if you're thinking to yourself, "Won't the lipsticks crease?", you're absolutely right, which is why Pecheux dusted Pure Color Eye Shadow in Sugar Cube and Sandbar Beige right on top. He adds, "I don't mind if it creases though. I'm not into complete perfection." (A good attitude to have when you have 40+ models, photographers, artists, stylists, and supervisory staff shifting around in a small space.) To compliment the look, he kept the lips nude and added a hint of Estée Lauder Signature Powder Blush in Sweet Nectar to the cheeks.
Professional nail artist Jin Soon Choi was handling the manicures, and using this beautiful shimmering pewter hue. It will be available in stores this holiday season, so stay tuned.
Moving into coifs, we peeped in on Orlando Pita, celebrity hairstylist for T3 and overall hair genius. (We're never seen so many hot-pink T3 Twirl Curling Irons in a room at once! Bombshell-waves lovers would be foaming at the mouth.) Pita was also not into super perfection for the models' hair, as his aim was to keep the style textured but soft so it would be able to fly around on the runway. No pins or hair elastics herePita's team only used T3 styling tools and the Orlando Pita+T3 hair products Elevate and Plump to provide volume.
In the image above, notice how the model's hair looks smooth, but not super sleek like the strands seen on Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Aniston. You can create this style at home with just your blow dryer and a volumizing product (if your hair falls flat). Be sure to use a round brush with a large barrelthe bigger the diameter, the straighter the blow out will be.
Be sure to check out the Reel Beauty blog the rest of the week for more tips, videos, and glimpses backstage!