NYFW Exclusive Coverage: Luminous Skin and Stained Lips at Naeem Khan S/S’14

At Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2014, the look was inspired by Frida Kahlo and centered around luminous skin with a diffused raspberry stained lip and “tough-girl” braids.

Naeem Khan S/S 2014 runway beauty

“The starting point of the inspiration was Frida Kahlo, but we didn’t want the makeup to be a literal interpretation,” explained NARS Director of Global Artistry, James Boehmer. “We wanted the girls to look a little more undone and casual… not too groomed.”

To create the gorgeous skin we see here, James started by massaging models’ skin with NARSSkin products. He used minimal amount of Sheer Glow Foundation to even out skin and Radiant Creamy Concealer only on problem areas. To keep the look dewy, he only set the center of the face with very little Loose Powder.

On the eyes, James started with South Beach Multiple on the eyelid and bottom lid to create a round shape. Next, he layered Corfu Cream Eyeshadow on the eyelid, closer to the lash line. He blended off edges with Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder before adding Lola Lola Single Eyeshadow, a chocolate shimmer, for depth by pressing it into the upper lashline and on the bottom by laying it on top of the lashes. Mascara was used on top and bottom lashes for definition while the eyebrows were coated with a Oural Brow Gel, a clear color.

For the gorgeous statement lip, James used Hyde Park and Yu Satin Lip Pencils. He started with the deeper color (Hyde Park) on the center then used his finger (or a lip brush) to smooth out the color to the edges before adding a bit of Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. Next, he did the same thing with Yu, the brighter color, on top before adding another coat of Hyde Park over it. He finished by blending everything with his fingers for a stained look.

On the fingers, models were given coats of essie A list, a red that went with every single red that appeared in the collection. The toes were kept simple with two coats of essie Sugar Daddy for a clean and fresh look.

Hairstylist Sally Hershberger wanted a juxtaposition between strong and feminine so she paired a “tough-girl, super slick and strong center part” with a softer braid. She used extensions for length before putting them into two low ponytails, braided them then wrapped them towards the crown. She kept the texture of the braids dry, but added shine to the front with Sally Hershberger Salon Smooth Fix Styling Spray.

Naeem Khan S/S 2014 backstage hair makeup and nails

Luminous skin and stained lip at Naeem Khan S/S 2014

James Boehmer for NARS at Naeem Khan S/S 2014
NARS backstage at Naeem Khan S/S 2014

Essie backstage at Naeem Khan S/S 2014

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, Glamour.com, 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.


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