Older Girl Beauty

First time for everything

So here’s something I didn’t know – Estée Lauder has never participated in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Until this season. I’m actually really surprised by this – you would think at some point in it’s 64yr history that they would have been a part of it.And boy, did they jump right in, with “bold blue eyes, copper lips, matte skin, bare cheeks and neutral nails” at the Derek Lam Fall/Winter 2010 show. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux led a team of 15 artists to create the stunning look on 22 models – While famed manicurist Jin Soon Choi and her team polished their nails with a new color that was tested backstage!“When Derek showed me the fabrics that inspired his Fall 2010 collection – bold and muted tones mixed with earthy pigments including terracotta, greens and browns – I thought the makeup shades should be complimentary. So we chose a blend of bold blue shadows on the eyes, shimmering copper lips and flawless, matte skin created with a light foundation — an on-trend beauty preview of what we will see for Fall 2010.” Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director. One of the things that Tom is doing as the new Creative Makeup Director is working on new high-impact colors that will be on Estée Lauder counters in Fall 2010, but he runway tested some of them backstage for this show:Eyes: New Estée Lauder EyeShadow Tested Backstage – Shades Launching Fall 2010 Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue Estée Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara in BlackLips: Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal BeigeCheeks: BareSkin: Estée Lauder Double Wear Light FoundationNails: New Estée Lauder shade Tested Backstage (*I hear it is a sheer, milky white kind of color with some, not a lot, of sparkle to it.)I can def say that I look forward to checking out these new colors when they hit the counter this fall.(*Credits)Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée LauderNails: Jin Soon Choi for Estée LauderModel Photo: Liu Wen (Marilyn) Photo Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Marco Santini, ION Studio, at Jeremy Laing Fall/Winter 2010

You might remember that I had a chance to chat with Marco Santini at the Jeremy Laing S/S 10 show last season. Well, I didn’t get a chance to see him in person this time, but I still wanted to know what he did for this season, besides just speak in a gorgeous accent. *sigh*This is what I found out: this guy is crafty – literally:The look was inspired by a “sketch of a whimsical fairy – the sketch isn’t perfect – there are no hard lines, but rather soft blurred lines that manage to form into a picture”. To achieve this look Santini used the following:· An old-fashioned sewing needle· Elastic string· Davines DEDE Conditioner· Davines For Wizards No. 4 Glossy Modeling Putty“First, Santini wet hair with Davines DEDE Conditioner to condition and strengthen the hair without leaving it heavy. He then dried the hair and separated it into two sections. Backcombing by the nape of the neck, Santini used an old fashioned sewing needle and some elastic string to weave the hair together to create an organic ponytail. Lastly Santini applied Davines For Wizards No.4 Glossy Modeling Putty, a paste that creates texture and separation with natural movement, to the hair to finish the look.”The result had all of the models looking similar, but slightly different.Davines products can be found in salons – just check on their website for locations.

NYFW Fall/Winter 2010 without me

Today is opening day for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – New York and I’m not there. Boo! With all of the crap snow going on out there (*as if we haven’t had enough here in Oklahoma), I’m going to pretend that I am *super* happy not to be out there in all of that mess – which is a boldface lie. Unfortch, due to some issues here, I didn’t get to go this season – even tho I actually got credentials in my own name this time. However, I have been able to pay it forward, just like I had done for me last season, and give some of my access to Meredith, from Retrodiva’s Beauty Bar, who will do a fab job reporting from behind the scenes.

This also means you will not to get read my direct tweets about what I am doing in NYC. BUT! I *will* be retweeting a lot of the action from some of the other lovelies that are there at the tents. In addition to those, MAC Cosmetics has provided a twiter widget, which you can see in the right sidebar, that showcases tweets from their artists directly backstage at the tents. Also, if you have a particular MAC makeup artist you want to follow exclusively, check out MAC Artists Tweets and follow them individually. And if *THAT* isn’t enough fashion week info for you, you can search twitter #NYFW hashtag and see what EVERYONE that uses that tag is saying. (*WARNING* – could definitely lead to information overload – esp when several are at the same show at the same time.)

Oh, speaking of twitter/information overload – American Express, one of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week sponsors has provided an electronic board, inside the tent, that displays live tweets that use the hashtag #amexmbfw. I think it is really cool for such a big company to embrace people tweeting – a great way to instantly show the people in the tents immediate reaction to things. Love it!

So, there you have it lovelies – even tho I am not there, I will def be here, using a bunch of different means, to still bring you my perspective on what goes on at NYFW. I hope you enjoy it. :)

*UPDATE*: While I was writing this today, news broke that fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, had committed suicide. (*You might remember that I discussed his Armadillo Shoes back in November). It came as quite a shock & put a black cloud over the start of Fashion Week. RIP.

The 2009 Okie Blog Awards Finals

Ooooooklahoma…where the wind comes sweeping down the plains and where I spout my witticism’s for your (*okay, MY) entertainment. Well, today, it also became the place that I became a finalist for the “Best Single Topic Blog” in the 2009 Okie Blog Awards.That’s right – I’m a finalist in awards that celebrate Oklahoma’s creative talent. I know, right? I joke, but I am sincerely honored to be nominated in this (*Just practicing for my award speech – Ha!). You guys know that I am proud to be from Oklahoma and that I can bring just a taste of it to all over the world, to my fab readers all over this round globe. And, while I know all of you would be casting a ballot for me, voters are limited to Oklahoma bloggers – we vote on our own. So, if any of you guys happen to be one, feel free to cast me a vote and if you aren’t, you can still take a look around at some of the other great people we have representing this great state. We’re a pretty talented and varied group of folks.

The Mystery of the Island: Richard’s Eyeliner

So, last night was the Sixth, and final, season premiere of “Lost”. And, as usual, the question of whether Richard Alpert, played devastatingly well by Nestor Carbonell, wears eyeliner or not. To the point that it was suggested that Richard is Egyptian, referring to the hieroglyphs on the show, and that he smudged his eyes with kohl. (*Intriguing thought, right?) Turns out, Richard’s eyeliner is quite the puzzler, as more than 39,900 results (*as of this morning) for the seach Richard Alpert eyeliner. Well, thanks to the fab beauty blogger, Amber, from Beauty Blogging Junkie, we have the DEFINITIVE answer. She had a chance to chat with the Makeup Department Supervisor, Emily Katz, for the show and ask her that very question:

Beauty Blogging Junkie: Spill: what eyeliner IS Eyeliner Richard, a.k.a. Richard Alpert who is played by Nestor Carbonell wearing? Emily Katz: Nestor Carbonell who plays Richard Alpert has no makeup on his eyes! He is of Cuban descent and is naturally blessed with the thickest set of lashes I have ever seen in my career. Women should envy him. It’s truly unbelievable; we have to try to diminish them ! And yet, he is the NICEST man as well.

And with that, I leave you with a coupla things. 1) A picture of Nestor as Batmanuel in “The Tick and 2) The delicious rumor that JJ Abrams has picked Nestor to play Kahn in the Star Trek reboot sequel. Of course, at this point it is strictly a Rumor, with a Capital R, but I’m pretty sure I could buy Nestor as Khan, just as easily as I *know* he could convince me to buy a car with “fine Corinthian leather”.P.S. I lied – I had to share this vid from Comic-Con 2009 showing behind the scenes look at Nestor getting ready for the “Lost” panel:

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