My first backstage this season was a collection I’ve wanted to see for quite some time: Dannijo. The designers behind the amazing jewelry and accessories line decided that their inspiration was the bohemian freedom of a road trip, and the makeup that resulted was indicative of a trend you’re going to see more of next year: the embrace of all things blue.
Maybelline New York lead makeup artist Yadim decided to really embrace the individual features of the models but to embrace the group of them like a modern tribe of vibrant spirits. Using all products from the brand, this is how he got the look:
Face – Dream Wonder foundation was warmed between the hands, then pressed gently into the face. A custom combination of Dream Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale and Candy Coral was mixed per the model’s complexion to give them a beautiful flush of color (this is a smart tip, peeps – try mixing your blushes at home to see what new hues you can get.) He used Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in Barely Branded as a highlighter, then added Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Warm Nude on top of it to give it a natural look. A taupe shadow shade from The Nudes Expert Wear Eyeshadow Palette was used to contour the cheeks.
Now, about that blue eyeshadow. Using a primer on the lids to keep the color stationary, he swept Eye Studio Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Brash Blue across the entire lid to compliment the gals wearing the gems with the blue stones.
For the girls with brass jewelry, he went for a look we’ll call “terracotta nude,” which is another big color trend for the season (it popped up again two days later at Jason Wu in a beaded dress.) The resulting eye was a combination of Eye Studio Color Tattoo Leathers 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow in Creamy Beige, Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze and Dream Matte Mousse in Cocoa that was absolutely gorgeous.
See also: brows were brushed up with Great Lash Mascara in Clear.
Hair belonged to one of my “mane” men, Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons (I love him, and I’ve known him long enough to make that awful pun, trust me.) Rodney was inspired by the tribal aspect of the show as well, so he went for a beautiful fishtail braid with a modern urban ponytail at the end.
Hair was blown dry and straightened, then pulled back into a ponytail using a fine bristle brush. Secure the pony at the base with a thin elastic and then start fishtail braiding. If your hair is thick, rub a dime-sized dollop of Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel between your hands to give your fingers some grip and to help the hair stay in place. Fishtail braids are created by separating your hair into two sections and crossing small sections of hair over each other in the opposite direction. You’re essentially weaving the hair.
Secure the hair about halfway down the length of the fishtail braid/ponytail with another thin elastic and smooth the ends (about 1-2 inches) with a flat iron.
Lock the style in with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray and you’re done.
Up next? Let’s go check out the jewelry.