Sunday, February 22, 2009

Backstage Beauty at Thakoon

the Thakoon fall 2009 fashion show featured pieces that were a mix of fanciful and sophisticated, words that also perfectly describe the hair and makeup backstage.

Nars makeup artist Diane Kendal created a look "that felt of ease but that also was a little bit rock 'n roll."

with the trend being smoky eyes, the inspiration came from the collection itself, which took inspiration from the 1940's, reflecting the surrealist images of photographer Lee Miller. combined with a bit of 80's rock and roll glam, makeup artist Diane Kendal created a strong look without being too girly.

"the look is all about the eyes with soft matte lips for contrast," said Diane Kendal. to bring strength to the face, Diane focused on creating smoky eyes and full brows, while downplaying the lips and keeping skin fresh with a light brushing of blush for a healthy glow.

*recreate the look:

on the face: NARSskin Hydrating Moisture Cream to moisturize entire face; NARS Concealer as needed, to cover any imperfections; a minimal amount of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (new for fall 2009); NARS Blush in Gilda on the apples of the cheeks.

on the eyes: NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo to line upper lashes and crease, blended over entire lid and up to brows, keeping dense color by lashline. line lower lashes and gently blend; NARS Single Eyeshadow in Bali to fill in brows; NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Black (new for fall 2009); curl lashes with NARS Eyelash Curler

on the lips: NARS Rain Lip Therapy Treatment on entire lip; a small amount of NARS Concealer over Rain to take down color.

topping off the looks were dreamy and slightly disheveled asymmetric buns. they had a deep, slicked-over side part and a flurry of baby's breath frizzies surrounding the actual bun in back.

thanks to Daily Makeover for images and info about the hair. be sure to visit at for fabulous fashion week coverage, video interviews with key fashion influentials, and to try-on some of the most gorgeous looks from the runway.

*product info, first image and face chart courtesy of NARS

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