Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall ’11. Backstage at Vivienne Tam

February 12, 2011 • Beauty, New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo


The finished look at Vivienne Tam

The backstage area of Vivienne Tam was a typical flurry of activity but the Maybelline New York makeup team was kind enough to let us peer over their shoulders and pepper them with questions about the look they were creating for the upcoming show.


The arsenal of Maybelline beauty products and tools

Key makeup artist Andy Koh explained that the theme of the Vivienne Tam fall 2011 collection was centered around the Chinese opera. He noted that the southern Chinese region of Kungu had a world famous opera that was different from the renown Beijing opera in that it was celebrated by a more high class, educated audience. Vivienne Tam chose that same refined elegance for her collection,
highlighting cool blues, grays and black.


Getting dusted with translucent powder

To complement the collection, Koh said he wanted to create a modern version of what he called the Chinese Opera Elements. Traditionally, this is a white face, thick slanted liner and red lips but Koh wanted to something a bit softer. He started with Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation for the flawless coverage on the face, then dusted Second Skin translucent powder on top for a porcelain white finish. A light, peachy blush was applied on cheekbones and temples with a blunt-ended brush and swept upwards.


Maybelline artists painting an ever so meticulous line of gel liner

For the eyes, Koh chose Maybelline's Gel Liner in black for a quick, precise line. It was drawn on the top lid of the eyes in a thick line swooping upward for that dramatic, stage-ready effect, and then topped off with Lash Stiletto mascara in Black. Instead of the bold red lip, Koh chose a barely there lip color called 'What's On?', a sheer, easy swipe of color that seamlessly completed the modern opera look. With that, Vivienne Tam's ladies were ready for the runway!

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: Second City Style



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