New York Fashion Week Fall '12. Backstage at The Blonds

For The Blonds Fall/Winter 2012 show, the designers knew that they wanted a biker edge. Achieving this look is actually easier than it appears. Playing up heavily lidded eyes and bold lips, this look will be a great addition and put a little more “party” in your normal nighttime makeup.

Designers Phillipe and David Blond called in MAC key artist Kabuki to transform the models into a biker gang. “They wanted large ‘speed demon’ eyes with a smoky look,” Kabuki said.

Mac artist Kabuki hard at work

First, the face is primed with both Studio Sculpt Foundation and Studio Fix Concealer to make the skintone perfect and Studio Fix Powder to set. The skin is matte as to not compete with the eyes and lips of this look. Next, the skin is contoured with a brown “Bone Beige” Sculpt Powder under the cheek bone for a chiseled look. A pop of shiny Vanilla pigment is applied along the cheekbone as a highlight and Well Dressed blush is added to give some light.

Eyes are large, smoky and black as midnight.  First, the lids are rimmed with Feline Powder Kohl Pencil to carve the cat-eye shape for the eye. Carbon Kohl Pencil was then added to buff out the cat-eye shape and make it look less harsh. Blacktrack Fluid Eyeliner is used to fill in the shape on the eyelid. Club Eyeshadow, a green-brown pigment, is added all around the lid in a slight cat eye shape. Highlights of strategically placed iridescent green-gold pigment gives the eyes its panther-like intensity. Pure Show Super Slick Liner was also added to give the eyes more shine. Spiky lashes in #7 Eyelashes are added to give the eye extra dimension and finished off with Opulash Mascara.

For lips, the look was to keep them deep and velvety matte. The lips were first lined with a maroon burgundy lip pencil and then blended with Redd Lip Pencil applied in the center. Both of these are added and then blended into a blood red color at the center of the lips.

The cutting of the blond ponytail!

Hair was kept very simple. Because the girls were walking in custom Blonds motorcycle helmets, the models’ hair was wrapped and pinned under a wig cap. The helmets were placed on and a long platinum blond ponytail was added to the top and custom cut.

Nails from CND were a big hit. Between the leather nails and custom Phillipe Blond imprinted nails, all of them had a bright splash of color. Some of the darker gold and brown nails were derived from the tribal print directly from the collection. There were also crystal nails and red and black nails. Cues were taken from Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller”.

– Taneisha Jordan

Photos: Second City Style

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