Backstage at New York Fashion Week at the Rebecca Minkoff 2014 Spring RTW Show
Frida Kahlo inspired the look for the models, well known for her unibrow, Frida also had a mustache as well. Thankfully, for the model’s sake, the make-up artists chose a more feminine look to portray the tribute to Frida. Sarah Lucero, lead makeup artist for Stila Cosmetics states, “It’s kind of a nomad, wanderer with wide eyes,” when describing the look she would be giving the girls. She went on to say, “I chose colors you would find in the desert like earth, sand, caramel and sepia tones. Navajo neutral nudes is what I’m calling it.” To create thick brows she applied Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color with an intense focus on the eyebrows. The deep, smoky eyes, credited to using three different types of eyeliner- chocolate brown liquid liner on the top eye line, Kajal Eye Liner in Tigers Eye on the bottom, and Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Burgundy. Burgundy eyeliner created a punk rocker effect while complementing the heavy brows with a slightly winged finish.
Stila CC Cream gave the skin a satin touch along with the adobe-stained Stila Covertible Color for Lip and Cheek in Camellia. This combination prevents the need for a moisturizer and this step will help you save time when in a time crunch. Jeanie Syfu of TRESemmé gave Frida Kahlo’s hair a modern update with messy zigzag braids. Syfu prepped the hair with 24 Hour Full Body Mousse, drying it with high heat to help create a “roughed up cuticle” which gave the hair more texture allowing for thicker looking braids. To create the side part, she divided the hair into three ponytails, two on one side above the ear, and the other on the other side of the head. The ponytails, braided into four strand braids and pulled apart, gave the hair a slightly undone look, which wrapped into an up-do. Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist at Essie, created a “day of the dead” look for the model’s nails. Intricate skull, flowers, and polka dot designs with black Licorice, white Blanc and blue Butler Please Essie polishes, complimented Essie’s coral Tart Deco, used as base for the fingers and toes. To finish off the look, Saunders used Essie’s Good To Go top coat. The models beautifully paid tribute to Frida as they pounded the catwalk in carefree style to the sounds of Janelle Monae and her band at New York Fashion Week.