Fashion Week: BBJ Backstage at Thakoon

Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics created the makeup look on Monday at Thakoon. A very “Keira Knighly” smoky eye was the main focus of the look. The collection took inspiration from the 1940’s, reflecting the surrealist images of photographer Lee Miller. Combined with a bit of 80’s rock and roll glam, Diane Kendal created a not-too-girly, strong look.

“The look is all about the eyes with soft matte lips for contrast,” said Diane Kendal. To bring strength to the face, Diane focused on creating smoky eyes and full brows, while downplaying the lips and keeping skin fresh with a light brushing of blush for a healthy glow.

Here’s how to recreate the look:


Use NARSskin Hydrating Moisture Cream to moisturize entire face

Apply NARS Concealer as needed, to cover any imperfections

Use a minimal amount of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (NEW for Fall 2009)

Lightly stroke NARS Blush in Gilda on the apples of the cheek


Use NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo to line upper lashes and crease

Blend over entire lid and up to brows, keeping dense color by lashline

With Mambo, line lower lashes and gently blend

Use NARS Single Eyeshadow in Bali to fill in brows

Draw a very thin line on upper lashes with NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Black (NEW for Fall 2009)

Curl lashes with NARS Eyelash Curler


Apply NARS Lip Therapy Treatment in Rain to entire lip

Lightly pat a small amount of NARS Concealer over Rain to take down color

Eugene Souleiman created an updo that was tight and structured in the front, yet soft and loose in the back. Unfortunately, backstage at Thakoon was a ZOO, so I didn’t have a chance to interview him. I’m into the special profile this look boasts. See pic to the left for the full effect of the sweeping deep side part that folds into the updo.

CND provided the time-intensive faux nails (pictured, left) used at Thakoon. The two colors involved were custom blends that can be compared to CND Beige Kiss and CND Voodoo. Each was handmade, one by one.

Image credit: Beauty Blogging Junkie

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