February 12, 2013 Makeup.com Looks

New York Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson


If you looked up "fun" in the dictionary, you might just see Betsey Johnson's name as part of the definition. The designer creates around playfulness and individuality, and the beauty look at her fall 2013 ready-to-wear show didn't waiver from her commitment to zaniness.
Inspired by Peggy Moffitt, makeup artist Dom Briguglio created a look that he called manic mod madness. "It's modish makeup with a rock-and-roll edge," he explained. Briguglio began by first applying Stila Stay All Day 10-in-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm to the T-zone to add light to the skin. He then buffed Stila Stay All Day Concealer and Foundation onto the face for a full-coverage matte finish. Moving onto eyes, he dipped Stila #28 Smudge and Line Brush into the Stila Smudge Pot in Black and drew on the upper lash lines, starting with a thin line where lashes began and gradually building up thickness and a square edge at the outer corners. He repeated the same step along the lower lash lines, but winged the liner out to create what he referred to as an "under cat eye." He next fully encircled the black liner with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof in Turquoise (out in the summer). To finish the eye, he glued on a full band of Ardell false lashes on top and a band of false lashes on the bottom that he cut into three sections for a "doll-like" effect. He completed the look by setting brows with a clear gel and patting Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera on lips and cheeks.

Taking Betsey Johnson's newly launched sportswear collection into mind, hairstylist Rodney Cutler constructed a "theatrical" style that paired a funky wig with an athletic ponytail in the back. To assemble the look, Cutler first added extensions into the mane, straightened the lengths and tied hair off into a ponytail that sat a few inches above the nape of the neck for a "horsetail-like" effect. He added Redken All-Soft Argan 6 Oil to the ponytail for smoothness and shine and then set it with Redken Control Addict 28 High Control Hairspray.

Cutler next topped the head with a wig that he sheared out with a razor to achieve a flying-saucer shape, which he said "accentuated the eyes and cheekbones." He finally doused the roots of the wig with Redken Powder Grip 03 to add tons of texture and roughness to it.

Manicurist Michelle Class created two designs for nails that imitated either the sportswear or the cocktail dresses in the collection. For the sportswear look, Class painted nails with two coats of Morgan Taylor Nail Polish in Little Black Dress. Using Morgan Taylor Nail Polish in All White Now and a striper brush, she then wrote letters on each nail to represent the "Betsey Johnson Kicks Ass" slogan that ran down the sides of the athletic clothes. For models who wore the frocks, Class painted tips with two coats of the white polish only. All nails were shaped to an "active, sporty length" with a squoval edge.

Photos: Makeup.com

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