Runway Hair & Makeup: Gilded Eye and Braided Updos at Marchesa Fall 2012

To complement the vision of angelic romance at Marchesa A/W 2012 collection, Laura Mercier makeup artist Talia Shobrook created gilded eyes with luminous skin while Frederic Fekkai Lead Stylist Renato Campora gave models a braided updo.

Marchesa Fall 2012 runway beauty

Gilded eye makeup at Marchesa Fall 2012 runway
Marchesa Fall 2012 makeup facechart

Talia stated “iridescent, porcelain skin was the foundation of the look and evoked the untouched perfection of angels.” She first moisturized the skin with Laura Mercier Mega-Moisturizer Crème. She then applied a mixture of Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance to the entire face to give it an iridescent base. Next, she used Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation to lend the skin a porcelain, marbleized look. Lastly, she highlighted the face with the mixture of Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance to give it luminosity.

According to Talia, “the ethereal eye lent an incandescent glow to the entire look.” She first applied Laura Mercier Eye Canvas to the lid to set a base. Next, she applied the Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Moonshine (available Fall 2012) as a liner around the entire edge of the eye. Laura Mercier Center Faux Lashes were used to give the eye a rounded shape. Talia finished by applying several coats of Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara.

Talia then “applied a cherubic lip, with a stained effect to modernize the look.” She mixed Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Merlot and Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Haute Red (available Fall 2012) and applied to the center of the mouth. Then she pressed in the color with her fingertips to allow the pigment to bleed outwards.

Prep hair with product, depending on hair type:

· For thin hair, start with Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel to add weight

· For think or tangled hair, start with Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum to prevent frizz

·  For curly hair, use Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Curls Curl Shaper Cream, to add texture

· For dry hair, apply Fekkai Coiff Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax to add moisture and shine

After prepping hair with appropriate product, take ½ -inch sections from the crown of the head and create flat braids down the back of the head. After braiding all of the hair, take longer braids and wrap them around the back of the head, blending and securing ends with hair pins. Leave a few pieces of hair loose in the front to create movement and soften the look.  To finish the look use Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Images: Courtesy of Laura Mercier.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I love the hair but for some reasons, I’m not really feeling the eye makeup. The gilded look seems to be making her look tired…

    mad love,

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