New York Fashion Week: Tracy Reese
Tracy Reese became a household name when Michelle Obama wore one of her designs to the Democratic National Collection. But at the designer’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear show, the focus was less on presidential ensembles and more on casual separates inspired by a quintessential New York City girl who’s known to casually throw an outfit together. For the beauty look, that girl was coming home the morning after a festive party.
Makeup artist Mally Roncal described the muse behind her begrimed black smoky eyes as “a fierce and fabulous chick who doesn’t give a f*** what you think.” To get the opaque, matte raven look, she started by heavily patting the black eye shadow from her Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit Runway Collection all over the lids and slightly into the creases. She then dipped a naked mascara wand into Mally Evercolor Silk Long-Wear Eye Defining Eyeliner and dragged the wand on the outer corners of eyes to create a smudge. She brushed multiple coats of Mally Volumizing Mascara on top and bottom lashes, and drew a “deliberate” brow with Mally Brow Beauty Universal Brow Wand in a shade darker than the natural hair.
To round out the “artfully undone” face, Roncal first swiped Mally Nourishing Lipstick Single in French Kiss on lips and let it sit all throughout the application process. She applied liquid foundation to the skin, tapped Mally Blush in Mally’s Baby on the apples of cheeks and brushed the highlighter from Mally Effortless Airbrush Highlighter and Blush Duo on top of the cheekbones and down the center of the nose. Right before the show, Roncal tissued the lipstick off lips to make it look “leftover” from the night before.
For her interpretation of a girl walking home before dawn after a night out, hairstylist Jeanie Syfu created a look that was disheveled on top but still had remnants of polish at the ends. “It’s a modern style with retro roots,” she said. She began by liberally running Tresemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse through the roots and top of the head to create texture and volume. She then spritzed Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to the lengths for smoothness. After asking each model to flip her head upside-down, she roughly blow-dried hair with her fingers and massaged the roots for roughness. Once each model was upright again, Syfu ran a straightener and a Mason Pearson brush through the lengths for a slicker look at the ends. She next used a comb to tease the top to create a “halo of texture” before forming a deep side part and sweeping fringe to the side. Syfu finished the look by holding the sideswept fringe in place with two crisscrossed matte black bobby pins.
To give nails a “harsh but feminine” look, manicurist Tracylee Percival created a “picture frame” design that featured a beautiful teal shade surrounded by a severe gold border. To get the look, she painted on a coat of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wedding Glitters on naturally shaped nails. Then imagining she was working on a smaller nail, Percival slicked on two coats of Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in New Wave Blue (out in September) and dragged it to the tips so that a U-shape of the gold peeked through at the base and on the sides of nails.