We already told you about all the great fashion we saw in Sao Paulo last week, but there were also some lovely makeup looks that, luckily for us, were totally attainable. We even got special backstage access, courtesy of MAC, who--full disclosure--were our gracious hosts for the week, and thus got step-by-step instructions on how to create each gorgeous look.
From a '60s-inspired beach look to a bold, graphic eye, click through for our five favorites and how to achieve them yourself.
Photos: Courtesy of MAC
Ellus In real life, the makeup look at Ellus may not be appropriate for spring, but luckily for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, we have a fall coming up before then. The look is pretty bold and dramatic, which is what I loved about it, but since everything else is super natural, it's a feasible real-life look. Here's how to get it:
• The graphic black eye was done using MAC's blacktrack gel eyeliner. The artists drew an outline first and then filled it in and then used an eyegloss over it to make it look shiny and wet. • The rest of the face was kept natural with pale skin, done with MAC's Face & Body, and a beige lip.
Neon Neon's clothes aren't for every girl and neither was the makeup. But if you have the balls to pull it off, we totally think you should. Here's how:
• Makeup artist Lau Neves told us the look is all about "playing with colors," so he mixed and matched bright lip colors with bright eyeshadows. The shimmery eyeshadow was applied in a way that respected the curve of the eye and was not super graphic. Gloss was applied over lipstick for a shiny look. • Other than that, Neves used foundation but kept the skin looking natural. He also used lots of mascara and fake eyelashes in the corners. • Neves says it is very Brazilian to play with colors and the look can be achieved at home--just use good judgement. "You have to be careful. Don’t exaggerate, and think about your outfit because you don’t want to look like a bird."
Osklen We loved everything about Osklen's show, including the hair and makeup. Part of the inspiration was a toned down Brigitte Bardot on the beach in the '60s, which we love. Who wouldn't want to look like that? Here's how:
• Makeup artist Daniel Hernandez kept the skin matte and natural with a little bronzer for a sunkissed look and a bit of pink blush on the cheekbones. • The eyes were bare except for some white on the inside and on the waterline to give that '60s feel. • On the lips, he used M.A.C.'s Petting Pink tinted lip conditioner. • He advised applying everything with the finger to make it look more natural.
Reinaldo The makeup for Reinaldo Lourenco was similar to Osklen's in that it was beachy, Brazilian, natural, and totally feasible for real life. The inspiration was someone who'd accidentally fallen asleep in the sun...but in a pretty, not-sunburned way. MAC senior artist Fatima Thomas described her girl as "a confident, well traveled woman who embodies leisure and effortless chic." Sounds good to us. Here's how to get it (no UV rays are involved):
• The look was all about flawless yet natural-looking skin. She started with Studio Moisture Fix SPF15 to set the skin, followed by Face and Body foundation mixed with Strobe Cream which she blended to look a shade darker. For concealer, she used Studio Finish spf 35 and really stressed getting the nostrils and around the nose--areas women tend to forget. • She gave her test model, the flawless Tayane, a sunkissed glow with Fleet Fast powder blush, applied over cheekbones and nose bridge. Then, she applied a little MAC Pro Mixing Medium Shine on top of the cheekbones with her fingertips. • On the eyes, she curled the lashes and used Studio Fix boldblack lash and filled in the brows with Lingering and Fling brow. • On the lips, she created a stain using Vegas Volt lipstick applied with the finger. • Her bonus tips for getting flawless skin with makeup that looks natural: "Look at each area and do the level of coverage that’s appropriate for that area. Invest in some good brushes, and a good sponge (she suggests MAC's pro performance sponge) that's good for blending.
Iodice The makeup look for Iodice was something I could see a lot of New York girls wearing. It was all about great skin and a bold lip. Here's how to do it, via MAC senior artist Fabiana Gomes:
• To create "luminous and shimmery" skin, she used Fix+ and Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser to freshen the skin, Mineralize Charged Water face and body lotion for moisture, Strobe Liquid along the cheekbones, nose bridge, chin and forehead, Studio Sculpt concealer where needed and Hush Cream Colour base along the cheekbones • On the eye, she applied Crystal Avalanche eyeshadow, which she also applied to the tops of cheekbones; Handforged Powerpoint eye pencil and Jaunty eye shadow drawn on the waterline; and Haute & Naughty lash mascara. • The bold pink lip was achieved using Viva Glam Ricky lip conditioner, Embrace Me lip pencil and Fuschia pigment