Bubblegum & Barbie: The Chris Benz SS2013 Collection & How To


Fall Fashion Week (showcasing the Spring/Summer collections) is always a New York City favorite. Whether you’re involved in the industry, a fashion fan city native, or a tourist who hits up as many shows as possible, this is one of the best times to be in New York.

The Chris Benz SS2013 Presentation was as vibrant and colorful as ever. Kelly greens, bubble gum pinks, and pale yellows graced the stage at the infamous Lincoln Center. Attracting the likes of Kelly Osborne, Susan Sarandon, and Paula Abdul, Chris’s collection brought an imaginative sophistication to zany patterns complemented beautifully by a much desired color palette.

The makeup style for this show was by far one of my favorite looks of the season. The amazing and talented Daniel Martin was back again as the key artist and developed such a soft and sensual look. He chose a bubble gum pink tone for both the eyes as well as the for the cheeks. These both softly blend together at the outer corner of the eye back towards the temple. A lighter, shimmery pink shadow was placed on the inner part of the lid.

This all over wash of pink was really the main focus of the look, and the skin was fresh and clean. Martin chose clear mascara for the upper and lower lashes and a light nudish pink shade for the lip. This was my third time working as one of the artists for the Chris Benz show, and every season we use color and placement in a new, whimsical fashions.

Here’s how to create your own colorful fairytale look using MUD products:

Face: Clean, Clean, Clean. Blend MUD’s Cream Foundation with MUD’s Primer for a sheer finish and a beautiful, fresh coverage. Using either Dual Finish Powder in your shade or MUD’s Loose Powder in Zero, lightly dust powder all over the face using your #510 Fan Brush.

Eyes: Using Bubblegum Cheek Color and your #800 Brush, swish the Bubblegum back and forth from the lash line all over the lid up into the brow. You can extend the color outwards toward the temple, as when you apple the cheek they will softly come together. Next, apply a small amount of Pixie to the inner corner of the eyelid using your #810 Brush. And lastly, apply one coat of Brow Fix to the upper and lower lashes.

Cheeks: Continuing to use the Bubblegum, take your #710 Brush and sweep the Cheek Color across the cheek bone starting from the hairline and moving downward toward the mouth. The pink of the cheek should finish just below the lower lash line. The key to getting this right is the blending. Blend as well as possible and use your #940 Foundation Brush to correct any unwanted placement.

Lips: Just a dash of Sandy Beach is perfect for this look. Blend a small amount of the Shine Lip Gloss to give it a little extra slip, and you are ready for the runway!

— Reiva Cruze

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