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Fashion Week Beauty: Avene at Lindsey Thornburg

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Fashion Week Beauty: Avene at Lindsey Thornburg

model at lindsey thornburg fall winter 2011 A-list make-up artist Tracy Alfajora and her team began by prepping the models for makeup at the Linsday Thornburg Fall and Winter show. The look, Brigitte Bardot meets 21st century disco—dramatically lined eyes accented with glitter, contoured cheeks and natural tones on lips—took direction from Lindsey’s collection of beautifully draped gowns in silk velvet and crinkled chiffon, luxurious hippie pants and colorful tie-dyed creations, a nod to modern Bohemia.

“The idea was to bring out each model’s natural beauty with glowing skin, while adding dramatic touches, such as extra sparkle around the eyes,” says Lindsey. To create that luminous look, each makeup artist was well equipped with a generous supply of skin care products from Eau Thermale Avène.

Renowned for their proven effectiveness without irritation, Avène is a mainstay in many make-up artists’ kits because it is also gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin—a must for models and the makeup artists’ celebrity clientele concerned with maintaining flawless complexions. The show’s manicurist Alicia Torello of the Wall Group also found Avène Cold Cream Hand Cream a pleasure to use. “It’s not greasy and I like the fresh smell.” Here, we go behind the scenes with Tracy for the scoop on how to get the naturally luxe make-up look.

Make-up goes on more smoothly and lasts throughout the show if I start by giving skin a fresh, moist finish. First, I cleansed skin with Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover. This has become my new favorite Avène product because it’s calming, and the models aren’t afraid that it will irritate their skin. It’s especially good when models turn up wearing makeup from a previous show, and need quick, but gentle cleansing.

I followed with a spritz of Avène Thermal Spring Water. (I’ve always used it to refresh a model’s skin, but now I know it’s therapeutic too. A pharmacist in Paris recommended it to me to calm my skin when it once had an allergic reaction.) To apply Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream, I gently massaged it into the skin with my fingertips, using light, sweeping strokes over the face. This helps skin to absorb the cream while leaving a smooth, hydrated finish.

After smoothing on foundation, I created an elongated cat’s eye with velvety black eyeliner, and then blended silver glitter into the liner. Cheekbones were contoured with NARS Blush in Laguna. To give lips a hint of color, I applied MAC Lip Erase in Dim topped with a rosy pink tint.

I finished with one last misting of Avène Thermal Spring Water all over the face for a fresh, dewy look, and to give makeup more staying power.

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