Get The Look - Charlotte Ronson & Zac Posen
As committed beauty aficionados, we've willingly tried just about every trend and perhaps even invented a few of our own (or at least like to think so). Though it's tough to admit, our experimental moments-like brownie batter-colored lipstick, inspired by Drew Barrymore, circa 1995- rarely stick around for more than a season. Much like how we rely on a perfectly broken-in pair of jeans and our favorite killer black dress in times of wardrobe woes, we always return to two timeless makeup looks: the sweetheart and the seductress.
Before you roll your eyes and think, "Tell me something I don't know, Who What Wear," we'd like to point out that yes, each season there's always a version of wholesome-cheerleader-next-door girly goodness, as well as the sexpot-I-eat-men-for-breakfast-and-sometimes-toast-too hotness. That said, while these beauty concepts are not exactly new, what is newsworthy is the way the two looks evolve through technology, technique, and context.
We spotted excellent interpretations of these classic (and completely opposite) styles at the Charlotte Ronson and Zac Posen Fall 08 shows, and pestered their public relations teams for some answers. As always, you don't have to follow directions exactly, we encourage you to make the look your own. You can always take inspiration from not only the shows, but also from the red carpet interpretations as well (we think Leighton Meester and Diane Kruger both accomplished the looks quite nicely). Read on for all the products needed to achieve their fresh-faced and femme fatale beauty looks!
Charlotte Ronson's fall collection was accompanied by a gorgeously innocent makeup look that was inspired by Jane Birkin (in the swinging sixties). Tina Turnbow, Beauty.com's Celebrity Makeup Artist, and Sarah Lucero, Stila's Celebrity Makeup Artist created the look for the show using Stila Cosmetics. They kept the skin fresh and naturally beautiful by prepping the models' skin with Sheer Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Oil Free ($32). Any imperfections were covered with the light-reflecting Illuminating Concealer ($22) and the skin was given a light dusting of Sheer Pressed Powder ($28) to reduce shine. The sweetly flushed cheeks came courtesy of a touch of Convertible Color ($24) in Petunia.
Lucero used a charcoal pencil, specifically the Kajal Eye Liner ($16.50) in Smokey Quartz, just underneath the brow bone, at the top of the crease, where one would normally put shadow. She smudged and blended the line a bit, to soften the look, and then dusted Chinois Eye Shadow ($18), a matte off-white, over the entire lid. In a nod to mod makeup, lower lids were lined with a black gel Smudge Pot ($18) and tiny lower lashes were painted onto the models' skin, just at the lash line. The models' actual lashes were coated with Major Lash Mascara($8.50) in black and they were given a splash of faux freckles across the bridge of their noses and on the top of the cheeks (to do this at home, just dip a skinny brush into a brown Smudge Pot and make sure you don't touch them until they dry!).
Finally, for the lips, there were two options: Convertible Color ($24) in Fuschia or SPF 20 Lipstick ($22) in Charlotte. We own Charlotte and really have to say it's the most gorgeous color ever. It might look a little bright in the tube, but it gives you this lovely lip that's simply irresistible.
- Stila SPF 20 Lipstick ($22) in Charlotte
- Stila Smudge Pot ($18)
- Stila Kajal Eye Liner ($16.50) in Smokey Quartz
- Stila Illuminating Concealer ($22)
The look at Zac Posen was full-tilt glamour but with a modern, sexy edge. Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury used MAC Cosmetics to create the strong look, and started by perfecting the skin with Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 ($26) for a polished complexion. Cheeks were left unadorned and brows were groomed with a soft taupe pencil, Eye Brows ($14.50) in Lingering, and Brow Set ($13.50) in Clear.
As for the eyes, instead of a traditional smoky or the recently popular cat-eye line, Tilbury went for a more dramatic, rock 'n' roll look. She used the highly pigmented, cream-based Paint Pot ($16.50) in Blackground on the lid and then added more sheen with a bit of
Clear Gloss ($17.50) on top of the black. Both the upper and lower lids were lined with a super sooty pencil, Eye Kohl ($14.50) in Smolder. After curling the models' lashes, Tilbury used a new product, Dazzlelash Mascara ($12, available in November), but their Fibre Rich Lash Mascara ($12) will work as well. Nails got an equally dark treatment, thanks to a couple of dark coats of specially created polish, Fade To Black ($15), that celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann created for Posen's show.
To finish the look, Tilbury gave the models of-the-moment red mouths. This particular red is quite matte and a combination of burgundy and true red (the texture and hue is what makes it modern). Tilbury used a blue-red liner, Lip Pencil ($13) in Cherry, to define the mouth. Next came a coat of Ruby Woo Lipstick ($14) and a dab of Charred Red in the center of the lips. Charred Red is a MAC Pro product, so not available everywhere, but try Chili for a similar look.
1. MAC Clear Gloss ($17.50)
2. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick ($14)
3. MAC Dazzlelash Mascara ($12, available in November), though Fibre Rich Lash Mascara ($12) is a great substitute.
4. Lippmann Collection Nail Polish ($15) in Fade To Black
Photos of Leighton Meester, and Diane Kruger, Getty Images