Thursday, September 2, 2010

Guess by Marciano fall fashion show at Miami's hot spot The Pink Room

The Guess by Marciano fashion show on Friday, August 27th, was amazing!  The models looked superb in the latest Marciano fashion, hair by Gregory Q and the makeup, of course, by me.  Fashion shows are already stressful enough, but my original assistant cancelled the day of---which meant my blood pressure went up!  No worries, though, you always have to think fast in this industry, so I contacted another great artist and colleague, Miss Bianca Acosta!  She definitely saved the day!

My inspiration for the model's super glam look was old, Italian starlet beauty.  I prepped the skin with MAC Deep Ultramoisture Cream from the Lightful collection and Prep and Prime skin, to make the skin dewy and glowy.  Then, I used one of my all-time faves, MAC Face and Body foundation, a water-based liquid foundation, with a 190 brush.  Guess reps were adamant about having rich-looking, luscious skin.  I melted Studio Sculpt concealer into the skin with my fingers, to the areas that needed more coverage.  Models were finished with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural with a 129, placed strategically, as to not take away from the overall hydrated look.

The eyes were prepped with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, with generous amounts near the lashline and blended up towards to the browbone.  Paint Pots are great for building eyeshadow color and to keep shadows from creasing.  With models strutting under hot lights and high-tailing it backstage for wardrobe changes, I wanted to make sure the shadows stayed fresh!  Brows were defined with Lingering eye brow pencil and Omega eyeshadow with a 266 brush.  I wanted a strong, defined brow to balance the smoky eye.  Carbon eyeshadow was packed on to the lid, while Wedge and Brown Script shadows were blended into the crease with a 224 brush.  Feline eye kohl was smudged into the top lash lines and MAC Pro Chromagraphic Pencil in NW20 was added to the waterline to create, big, dreamy eyes.  Generous amounts of MAC's new Haute and Naughty Lash, which hasn't hit stores yet, were applied to lashes.  It is a must-have, creating definition and length!

A beautiful, pouty mouth was created using MAC Boldly Bare lip pencil (a limited edition..sorry guys), Viva Glam II lipstick (what I call the perfect nude lipstick) and Glamour for All lipglass (also limited edition).  It was close to my heart to use a Viva Glam lipstick to support MAC AIDS FUND, 100% of the selling cost of the lipstick goes towards helping women, children and families who are affected by AIDS/HIV.  Plus, the color ROCKED and the models looked gorgeous!

My colleague and hair genius, Gregory Quadagno, gave the model's sexy volume and curl by setting their hair in hot rollers, teasing and sculpting with a curling iron!  It was a funny sight, with random bursts of hair spray backstage and teasing combs flying.  But, let me tell you!  He is magical!  We've worked together before on shoots, but there was a whole other realm of chemistry during the fashion show, which is why I adore Gregory and his work!  It's can be difficult to find people who compliment your work style, ethic and professionalism, but I will definitely be contacting him for other projects! 

It was a pleasure to work with Guess by Marciano, please visit your local Guess by Marciano store!  The clothes this season are to die for!

It was also a pleasure to work with Syama Reyes and the Pink Room Miami (  The nightclub/lounge has great music, a great ambience and beautiful people to party with!  So if you live in the Miami area or will be visiting, it should be on your list of places to go! 

For PICS please check out the Pink Room gallery at :

Video and more pics to come!