Last night's L.A.M.B. show was rife with drama. With only two hours to go until showtime, a violent thunderstorm storm tore through Manhattan, rocking the backstage tent where the models were getting made up and leaking water from the ceiling down onto tables filled with eye shadows and lipsticks. But makeup artist Charlotte Willer managed to take it all in stride, cheerfully zipping back and forth between tending to the models and to the show's famous designer, Gwen Stefani (who rocked the same hairstyle—a twist of fuzzy braids swirled around messy bun—that the girls wore in her show, all the work of Gwen's longtime hairstylist Danilo).
The wild conditions taking place outside only added to the electric vibe backstage, where Charlotte crafted a brazen look using Maybelline New York makeup. "The inspiration for the collection is tribal prints," she said backstage. "We're mixing that feeling with a punk element, but this is L.A.M.B., so it's more of a glamorous punk that includes lots of shine." And shine it did! Charlotte created a glistening triangular shape above the eyes using three shimmery hues from the Eye Studio Silk Eyeshadow quad in Give Me Gold. She swept the bright yellow-y gold shade all over the lids, edged the lids in copper and stretched the thick band of color from the inner corners of the nose out to the temples, and brushed the champagne shadow along the brow bones. Next she took a black kohl pencil (Line Express Eyeliner in Ebony Black) and drew a thick stripe along the bottom lash line, carrying it all the way out to the temple in a dramatic swoop for a punk effect. She then piled on lots of Falsies Volum'Express Mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. Sure, it was all a bit over the top, but Charlotte says this look can be toned down for everyday. "The mix of gold, copper, and black is gorgeous and wearable if you don't carry the shades out past the eye," she said. "Do gold on your lids, copper along your brow bone, and black pencil along your bottom lashes, then smudge everything so there are no hard lines."
Charlotte tempered the intense eye makeup with nude, shimmery colors everywhere else: She filled in the brows with Define-A-Brow pencil, swept Mineral Power Finishing Powder in a color one shade darker than the model's skin tone under her cheeks for contour, and coated lips in a dark rosy gloss (Shine Sensational Gloss in Tempting Toffee). For a twist, a few models had a dark velvety red lip (Color Sensational Lipcolor in Red Revival). How did Charlotte determine which models got the red? "Instinct," she said with a smile. Words to live by!