Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Out in the streets, they call it makeup

Hey Pretty Ladies,
Hello, hello, hello! First of all, big congrats to Karmen Yvette White, the winner of September’s ACCIDENTAL DIVA trivia question! It was a toughie, but because Ms. White instantly and brilliantly answered “Fannie Merrick,” she’s now enjoying her prize, Stila’s Clutch & Go palette, as we speak (sweetie, write in and tell us what you think of your prize)! I also want to give a quick shout to Miss Quel, who wrote in that she thinks Nia Long and Larenz Tate would be a fine Billie and Jay. I love it, so retro!

Fashion Week is finally over, and I must say, I had more fun giggling at that Veronica Mars chick searching for the beat during her “Fame” performance during Sunday’s Emmys (yikes, could you BELIEVE?). Everyone was likening last week's shows to the ones right after 9/11--you know, the shadow of unimaginable tragedy sort of dampens the usual giddiness of Fashion Week. So that, combined with the circus-like, celeb-obsessed atmosphere that’s recently taken over (it kicked off last season when Marc Jacobs kept a tent of high powered fashion editors waiting TWO HOURS for Beyonce’s arrival, and climaxed at Friday’s L.A.M.B. show when designer Gwen Stefani forced the same dizzyingly important editors to give up their front row seats to make room for the Us Weekly glitterati—nice), made for a pretty “eh?” week.

The fashion may not have moved mountains, but the hair and makeup was truly inspirational! Every designer seemed to be in a sixties mood—not Beach Blanket Bingo-bad, but glamorous Supremes-Lite—and it worked, every time. Here, I picked my four favorite looks from the Spring shows. The best part is, each are so season-less that they look just as good today as they will in April (I know this, because at my friend Lola’s birthday/engagement party on Saturday I successfully rocked looks 1 thru 3).

Love ya mean it,

1.) THE BLACK HEADBAND: One of the hottest trends at fashion week was teased, tousled, my-night-was-better-than-yours hair (think Gabrielle Union or Giselle). But at Betsey Johnson, Vivienne Tam and Marc by Marc Jacobs, the messiness was tamed by a chic black headband placed right before the teased bit at the crown—I can’t even tell you how Brigitte Bardot-sexy this was. And so easy! After blowing out your hair, hold the section of your hair at the crown straight up in the air, and back-comb the roots with a fine-tooth comb. Smooth down with a bristle brush (but GENTLY, so you don’t smush that sexy 60s volume) and slide on your skinny black headband. I love
They're soft, painless, and only $4.50. Holla!

2.) PALER-THAN-PALE EYESHADOW: At Monique Lhullier and Michael Kors, models were sent down the catwalk in the most divine wash of sixties white eyeshadow. Now, this is sort of an age-old makeup artist trick, chalky-white shadow—makeup artists have been using it for years to make models’ eyes appear Twiggy-enormous. Now, if you’re brown, you shouldn’t interpret this look literally, as white makes us look ashy. What you should do is choose a very, very pale gold, instead. I’m a huge fan of PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA EYE BRIGHTENER MULTI-COLORED EYELIGHTER IN HINT OF GOLD: This gorgeous mosaic of yellow, silver, frosty rose and sheer emerald magically turns into a luminous, icy-gold sheen when blended. Simply sweep from lash to crease, swipe on two coats of black mascara and behold, the hugest eyes ever.

3.) BRIGHT FUSCHIA LIPS: Oh, ladies! Wait till you see pick-up of shows like Carolina Hererra, Zac Posen, and Anna Sui in the magazines—those juicy, fruit-punchy strawberry-stained lips, oh, you’ll die! I know what you’re thinking, ‘how in hell does anyone outside of the blue-eyed blondes rock such a harsh color?” and sweetie, I understand. I mean, the makeup artists at Anna Sui couldn’t even figure it out, since they literally gave up on Naomi (they painted her legendary lips a horrible matte nude shade instead of the revelatory raspberry). I was furious! Any makeup professional worth their weight in eyelash glue should know that brown girls can wear vivid pink, too—as long as the shade’s infused with gold shimmer (this warms it up) and is worn over a brown liner (MAC’s Mahogany, most likely)! And no one, I mean no one, does a gold-flecked pink like CARGO LIP GLOSS--my favorite shades are Bora Bora, Ipanema, and Hong Kong and Machu Picchu. These big, fat, luscious pots are not only drop-dead sexy, they last forever! Just remember, with this lips this vivid, leave the rest of your face relatively nude—just a hint of blush and mascara, no mas.

4.) DEWY SKIN: Tommy Hillfiger and Calvin Klein were all about the folksy, flower child sixties with the innocent, glowing cheeks and softly dewy skin—so gorgeous! And so perfect for the low-maintenance chick who wants to look “done” without spending more than two seconds in front of the mirror in the morning. Here’s the trick. Lightly dust a sheer, luminous face powder like CLINIQUE GENTLE LIGHT POWDER over a bare face or foundation, and go! This fine, light-reflecting powder is absolutely genius—its see-through, so each shade can be worn on a wide range of skin tones (FYI: I’m sort of a caramel-bronze complexion, and I wear Glow 4). Get it, NOW!


Blogger Funkeedva said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thanks for a peek!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Karmen said...

Hey Tia~

Just received my goodie....thank you so much! Oh my gosh, the packaging is super, super cute, and I love the eyeshadow shades! And thanks for the heads up on the fashion week looks...you're the best! I'm definitely going to rock the black headband and dewy skin....and of course, my new eyeshadow.


5:46 PM  
Blogger Schanina said...

It's as if I were there! :-) Great post!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous AppleDiva said...

Congrats to karmen.

If I were the casting director for "Accidental Diva" the movie, I would cast Zoe Saldana (of Drumline) as Billie and Anthony Mackie (She Hate Me) as Jay.

What do you all think? :-)

9:49 PM  
Blogger Schanina said...

Side Note: Your girl Keenya lost her gut, and grew an expensive weave, LOL. Why am I still laughing? First impressions kill!!! Naima is still the queen.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Quel said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I'm honored:)

I'm use to acheiving my dewy skin with cocoa butter. Tip #4 sounds like a better ( more grown-up and less slippery) option. It's officially on my "to get" list.

5:03 PM  
Blogger princessdominique said...

Your advice is soooo fabulous Tia. Thank you a million! I'm learning sooo much :)


6:49 PM  
Blogger LUXE_DivaSoulSistaHuneyChil said...

Love the advice Tia! I am a Cargo Lip Gloss Freak...just some advice... NEVER LEAVE IT IN A CAR DURING THE DAY OR ANYWHERE OVER 80 DEGREES you will return to a big pot of melted goo that has created it's own (and probably still sexy) color.


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