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Caribbean Fashion Week Wrap Up

Posted in Fashion Week, Makeup on July 6, 2010 by ainamakeup

I recently returned from Jamaica where I was privileged to be part of the Eve Pearl makeup team for Caribbean Fashion Week! While a trip to Jamaica may appear to the untrained eye to be  fun and glamorous, I must report that it was mostly work, with mere moments of play.   I’m still not 100% convinced that Jamaica actually has beaches since I didn’t see one the entire time I was there., but it was all good as I spent three days doing what I love – Makeup!  Here’s an overview of what went down!

We arrived on a Monday, but the shows did not begin until Friday. There was alot of planning that went on in between.  We had to work at a myriad of pre Fashion Week events.  There was quite a bit of press and attention surrounding our being there for Fashion week as Eve is not only a Celebrity Makeup artist, but a Celebrity in her own right!.  We were even in the paper!

Creating the Look for Caribbean Fashion Week

After a few days of events and some planning meetings we had a meeting with the Jamaica based makeup artists who assisted up to go over the basic look for the shows.  The look was a dramatic smokey eye, mostly black on the lids, accented with a shimmery shade of eyeshadow.  We could choose whatever color we wanted to accent.  Sometimes we’d even let the model choose. We used our shadows wet because the color payoff was more intense.  We mostly do beauty makeup at the studio in NYC, so it was fun to play with colors and do some high fashion looks.  We used black on the brows and extended them for even more drama.

Almost ready for Showtime!

Me Workin' on a model

Me and Supermodel Oraine

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Each show night there was three shows, with 4-5 designers per show and 15-30 models walking each night.  Once things got rolling,our team was in the zone. Everything happened so fast, and I was loving every minute of it.  We had so much fun working with some of the most beautiful models I’ve ever seen – and the Jamaica based makeup team lead by the fantastic Racquel Jenkins, owner of Permanent Cosmetics Studio & Boutiue in Kingston.  Her and her team were fabulous to work with!  She was also our gracious hostess in Jamaica.  Many thanks to my boss and Mentor, Eve and to Racquel for bringing us to Beautiful Jamaica!  Check out more Photos at the Eve Pearl Website.

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Fashion Week: Nails at “The Vessel by Lois”

Posted in Fashion Week, M2M DamoreJon, Nude, Purple on February 10, 2010 by ainamakeup

I was oh so fortunate to be invited by the fabulous Felicia from This That Beauty to the runway show for “The Vessel by Lois“.  Felicia was the key makeup artist for the show.  She and her team did a fabulous job! The models looked fabulous but first things first:

Tee hee! That's my seat!

At the risk of sounding like a complete green newbie dork I can’t help but be a little giddy at seeing my name on one of those chairs at a fashion show for the first time.  Okay fine, so they spelled Lacquerholic wrong but whatever!

The Vessel by Lois is a fashion line that is inspired by menswear and the work uniform.  Lois Samuels, the designer is also a model and author.  This is her third showing for Fashion week.  Just looking at the clothes I felt that The Vessel by Lois is so the way I would dress if I had the money…and the body.  This isn’t a line for the girly girl.  I love clothing that is understated, menswear inspired subtle, and chic, but that is still feminine.  Everything looked so tailored and polished.  I don’t wear many patterns or flowy dresses or even skirts, so this line really spoke to me. Okay that is pretty much the extent of my fashion expertise.  You’d think growing up in NYC I’d be more fashion conscious! Ms. Samuels, the designer is also a model, if you can’t already tell by how beautiful she is.  I thought she was one of the models in the show!

The Designer, Lois Samuels (middle) with two models from the show

The Nails!

This was the nail look, brought to you by M2M DamoreJon.  I got a moment to speak to the creator of M2M and Key manicurist Myrdith McCormack and her team, VP Dawn Sterling and Christy Marshall.  Ms. McCormack created this celebrity inspired line that is Big Three Free and is truly socially conscious.  A portion of the proceeds from every bottle goes to help her homeland of Haiti!  And this was before the earthquake!  Now that’s what I call awesome.  The base color used for this look was “Let’s Talk” a taffy-like nude creme that looks more orange here than it does in real life.  The tip of each nail was painted with a deep purple called “First Lady”, inspired by none other than Mrs. Obama herself, from their soon to be released Legends collection.  Looking at their website the line looks awesome and I am loving the colors!  M2M DamoreJon is sold in select boutiques and retails for $11.  Check out their website for more info!

Oh and one more thing:

Pretty tree in my 'hood