Runway Beauty: Tribal Sunburnt Look at Nicholas K S/S 2014

Inspired by the Native-American tribal influences from the Nicholas K Spring/Summer 2014 collection, lead makeup artist Daniel Martin worked with NYX Cosmetics’ Chief Creative Director, Cristina Bartolucci to create an indigenous, sunburnt makeup look.

Nicholas K S/S 2014 runway beauty

Martin began by applying HD Concealer Wand minimally around the face to correct any dark circles or blemishes. Next, he mixed Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation with Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam and applied over the entire face. Mineral Finishing Powder was then used just through the t-zone area to allow the brow and cheekbones to stay luminous under the runway lights.

As the models donned thick headbands down the runway, Martin kept the eye makeup neutral, but used as a way to sculpt and bring attention to the facial angles. He mixed Nude Matte Shadow in Dance the Tides, a warm rust-brown, and Skinny Dip, a deep violet with Single Eye Shadow in Hot Orange, to create a sienna color combination, which was swept across the entire eye, up to the brow bone, and across the nose creating a modern, sunburnt look. Next, Martin lightly shaded the brows where needed using the Auto Eyebrow Pencil.

Finally, Martin used Matte Bronzer to sculpt and extend the neutral sweep across the eye. The lips were left bare.

Sunburnt makeup look at Nicholas K S/S 2014

Nicholas K S/S 2014 facechart by NYX
NYX backstage at Nicholas K S/S 2014

Images: Courtesy of NYX.

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.


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