Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fresh, Energetic Ballerinas by M.A.C Senior Makeup Artist Romero Jennings for Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2011

"Effortless impact!" M.A.C Senior Makeup Artist Romero Jennings told me backstage of his look for Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2011. "Carmen wanted these girls to look like fresh, young, energetic ballerinas." But at the same time, the look was very wearable and approachable. "Every woman will feel like they can actually wear these clothes, you can wear this hairstyle and you can actually do the makeup yourself!"

Jennings wanted to start with clean, healthy skin. He prepped the skin with Studio Moisture Fix before applying Face & Body Foundation with the 168 Brush. He also used Studio Finish Concealer and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural/Light as a set powder.

To highlight the cheekbones, Jennings used Cream Color Base in Pearl, and then dabbed Blush Cream in Posey onto the cheeks with his fingers. "It just screams ballerina," he told me. "It’s very fresh, it’s very youthful, it’s great on all skin tones."

Using the 224 Brush, Jennings applied a new cream eyeshadow coming for fall, Chestnut, from the lashline and blended upward. He purposely left the rosy tone on the models' eyelids "to make the shadow look more individual," he said. "It's more custom-made when you use your own natural shade with it." Lashes were curled 2-3 times and then Jennings used both wands from Haute & Naughty Mascara on the top lashes only -- "one to really pile it on and one to really separate!"

On the lips, Jennings dabbed the same Blush Cream in Posey from the cheeks and then added a touch of Cremesheen Glass in Pure Magnificence, a beautiful pearl lavender shade coming for fall.

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