Backstage Beauty at the Betsey Johnson Spring 2014 RTW Show

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“I channeled Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton.” The look, which featured “silver, metal chrome finish on both eyes and lips,” was at once futuristic and doll-like. “It almost looks like liquid metal. Like when you paint a car and you get that chrome, high-shine finish,” said Sarah Lucero of Stila. Lucero created an army of ‘fembot’ models to display the collection. To create the dramatic eyes Sarah chose silver, metallic, and platinum colors. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Lavender, applied heavily to the lids, gave them extra sheen. She also cut the curl off the false lashes and applied MAJOR Major Lash Mascara and Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color for definition, before putting the eyelashes on the models. She did this to create the “Barbie blink” to give the models a doll face. The models’ lips were given a glitter and silver sheen by applying layers of eye shadow – Opal and Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Triggerfish – to complete the Austin Powers ‘fembot’ look.

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Before the makeup was applied, the models’ faces underwent a hydration treatment for their skin. Intraceuticals oxygen facials, designed to plump skin with low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, helps serums to penetrate the models’ faces. The three-step system, based on a process called hyaluronic layering, included an application of Rejuvenate Daily Serum, followed by Rejuvenate Hydration Gel, then the Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream. “This treatment makes the girls’ skin glow and the makeup look even better,” states Katrina Lantz, an account representative for the company. Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salon styled the models hair. In order to create weird shapes in the hair, he tied knots throughout the models’ ‘updos’. Powder Grip and Fashion Work hair spray helped to create the dry and airy texture needed for the 80’s curl. Danielle Candido, lead manicurist for Morgan Taylor, used three colors to perfect the nails, Could Have Foiled Me, Adorned in Diamonds, and Sweetest Thing. She blended all the colors from the collection into the nails to complete the look. The ’fembots‘, made for a very entertaining show.

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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.