Behind the Scenes Beauty: BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2012

– By Teresa Greenfeld –

The mood for fall 2012 fashion thus far is decidedly retro inspired, with 1940s hemlines and 70s luxe bohemia being two of the biggest influencers.  But what about its accompanying  beauty trends we’ll soon be pursuing the isles of Sephora in search of?   I got a sneak peak at BCBG‘s hair and makeup test run the day before the show, where I chatted with Charlotte Willer, Maybelline‘s global makeup artist, and hair stylist Neil Moodie of Bumble & Bumble, about everything from the next big look in beauty, to their favorite beauty tips.


With a collection of fluid, 40s length dresses, fur sleeved coats, and warm-hued colorblocking,  Willer kept the makeup at BCBG fresh and simple, focusing on the eyes.  “The  top lid is lined with black, starting at the inner corner, going straight out, ending just past the outer corner, and a touch of smudged a brown-grey shadow,” she told me. “The skin is very dewy and clean, and then just a bit of lip balm”
Tips & Tricks:
One of her best tips, Willer says, is to apply foundation like you would your moisturizer.  “Women tend to pat and layer their foundation, which gives you that cake-y look.”  When it comes to skin care, she also advises waiting a few moments between applying each step in your routine, allowing each product to fully absorb, “or else,” Willer warns, “your products will just sit on top of skin instead of doing their job.”


Neil Moodie kept the hair simple, parting it to one side, and pulled back into a low pony, with a side swept faux-bang.  “The look is structured meets romantic,” Moodie says.  He started by blowing the hair out using a big round brush, so the hair is shiny and smooth – not pin straight.  Then, leaving out a small section in the front, he gathered all the hair, brushing it back, and securing at the nape of the neck.  Next, he swept the front section to the side, tucking the ends into the band securing the pony.  “It should look slightly undone, in an almost ‘post-sex’ kind of way.”
Tips & Tricks:
To secure annoying loose strands, Moodie advises crossing two bobbie pins, forming an ‘X’.   “Otherwise,” he says, “the pin, and the hair, will just keep falling out.”

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