Backstage Beauty at the BCBG Max Azria 2014 Spring RTW Show

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When you think of the girl next door, often you do not think of a girl who has make-up caked on, but a girl with fresh face beauty and appeal. The designers wanted the girls walking in the BCBG Max Azria 2014 Spring RTW Show to be “real girls”. The make-up artist for the show was Val Garland from Sephora Pro. “I want the girls to look crisp,” stated Garland in a backstage interview. She used Marc Jacobs’ Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation and Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation to create a polished skin effect on the models faces. “I wanted the finish of the skin to look quite peachy, it’s not too shiny, we’re not over-highlighting,” added Garland. For the eyes, Garland used Marc Jacobs’ Beauty O Mega Bronze Perfect Tan in Tantric in order to give the eyes emphasis. She used the bronzer in the socket line to create eye definition without using eye shadow.

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To finish the eyes, Garland used Tarte Emphaseyes Inner Rim Brightener on the inside of the eye line and Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara on top and bottom lashes. Deemed “idiot proof and creamy” by Garland, for the models’ lips she used Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No 5. The models’ hair was styled by Laurent Philippon from Bumble and bumble, the hair was styled to pay tribute to the classic BCBG girl. The goal was to create dreamy waves by caressing the models’ hair with a curling iron, followed by running his fingers through the hair with Bumble’s Semisumo pomade, and for the models with heavier hair; he used Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder, this allowed for a light look. He wanted the hair to look natural and to almost fall into ringlets. Lastly, the nails were done by Renee Meyers, lead manicurist for OPI, and were painted a natural beige shade of Somoan Sand, giving them a finished, clean, and polished look.

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Kia McClain at Expedia CruiseShip Centers: Kia McClain is an avid lover of fashion and style; she started her fashion-writing career as a ghostwriter and stylist. Kia is also a successful entertainer and syndicated, freelance writer at Yahoo! As a poet and spoken word artist (Fierce), she became a top ten artist on popular music sites. This exposure led to her becoming a radio personality at 99.3 the Joynt, where she had a show with World Famous DJ DX, close friend to Nicki Minaj. Nicki often created drops for the show and stopped by the station as an indie artist. Kia also met celebrity photographer, KJ Anderson, who started an entertainment company with her, VRE7.com. She served as co-CEO of the company for over two years. Kia has worked with world-renowned celebrities such as Jeff Timmons of the multi-platinum boy band, 98 Degrees and more with her own marketing company, PitchSavvy.com.