Taupey Eyes with Nude Lips at Wes Gordon A/W ’14

The city following a rainy afternoon served as inspiration for the layers of grays and pops of brighter colors at Wes Gordan A/W ’14. “The beauty look is inspired by the taupes of a cold, rainy day. It’s a grayish brown, almost mushroom color. The Wes Gordon woman is strong and masculine; she wears just the right amount of makeup,” explained lead artist Alice Lane working for Maybelline.

Wes Gordon A/W '14 runway beauty

Fit Me! Foundation was applied to skin for natural coverage. Baby Lips in Quenched highlighted the outer eyes, nose and cupid’s bow. Color Sensational Lipcolor in Deepest Cherry was applied to the apples of the cheek, then blotted so only a hint of a rosy glow remained.

Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow in Tough as Taupe was applied to the center of the eyelid, blended and then a portion was removed with a Q-Tip. For a “last- night’s makeup” look, it was also applied below the eyes. Baby Lips in Quenched added sheen to the top of the eyelids. Fit Me! Concealer was applied under the eyes but lower than normal so as to not take away from the darkness of the under eye shadow. To create a strong brow, brows were brushed upwards with Great Lash Mascara in Clear. To mimic the brows, every single lash on the upper eyelid was coated precisely with Great Lash Mascara in Black.

In keeping with the natural look, The Buffs by Color Sensational were used on the lips. For added shine, Baby Lips in Quenched was applied with fingers to the center of the lips.

Drawing inspiration from the textures and bold colors in the collection, Rita Remark for essie created an edgy, wicked tipped French manicure. She first applied ridge filling base coat followed by 1 coat of penny talk then 1 coat of bordeaux. Next, she added matte about you then brushed on a neat arc across the edge of the nail with wicked.

Wes Gordon A/W '14 backstage beauty
Wes Gordon A/W '14 backstage makeup by Maybelline
Red and black french manicure by essie at Wes Gordon A/W '14

Images: Courtesy of Maybelline and essie.

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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