In the Tents: Nancy Lichtenstein Says Makeup by Milani: It's All Gold at Cesar.
My favorite fashion week contributor and girl about town, Nancy Lichtenstein is back covering the not always seen part of NYFW and this is the best part. Some things that were texted to me will have to be done via podcast because I can’t copy paste it all. However, with Nancy around, it’s “always” an adventure.
After interviewing Redken’s Holli Smith I milled around for a while, hoping to get a chance to speak with Ashanta, lead makeup artist for Milani. She was making a brief stop at Fashion Week before heading over to Radio City to do makeup for Alicia Keyes for MTV’s Video Music Awards.
Backstage at Cesar Galindo
It surprised me to see a drugstore line backstage at Fashion Week, but when I saw the results I was wowed. Milani is marketed as an ethnic makeup brand but it’s appropriate for women of all shades who want quality, value, and lots of pigment. At a price point of under $10 per item, this is the go-to resource for the recessionista who doesn’t want to look like she gave up her high end makeup habit.
Ashanta described the makeup look as “futuristic but fun. I wanted to bring light to the face.”
This is Runway Eyes collection in Precious Gems. Waiting on getting the Ready to Wear image!
She did this by applying gold to the eyes, lips, cheeks. Eyes featured the appropriately-named Runway Eyes in Ready to Wear, and she topped them off with faux lashes to add more impact. Even the bodies got a touch of shimmer with Milani’s creamy-textured Body Bronzer, which comes in a jar so it’s easier to control than liquid shine lotions.
Cream Body Bronzer (this stuff is LUSCIOUS!!)
The end result was a nod to the gold-painted girl from the Bond movie Goldfinger, which was highly appropriate for this show, which had the retro-futuristic feel of mid-century science fiction.
Thank you to Nancy Lichtenstein for the beauty report on Cesar Galindo.