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Bobbi Brown Interview at Fall 2008 Brian Reyes show

Backstage Beauty: Brian Reyes


Not much can rouse me before the crack of dawn, but yesterday I had a great reason to be up with the roosters. I had a 7 a.m. appointment to see makeup maestro Bobbi Brown create the runway look for Brian Reyes.

Inside the Plaza Hotel, Bobbi and her team of makeup artists worked to create a natural, windblown look. (Even the eyebrows were meant to look tousled.) Watching her work was amazing — she's so quick, so focused. Many of the colors are from an upcoming color collection, so if you like the look of the Brian Reyes show, be ready for some marvy mauves this Fall.

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To read my interview with Bobbi, and to see my behind-the-scenes photos, read more.

How did you come up with the face for the show?
[laughs] We're still coming up with it!

A work in progress, then?
You know, often the look you do for a makeup test works for that second. Then, when you get to the venue, especially when you do a makeup test on someone who isn't in the show, it changes. So it's a work in progress. And it was really a collaboration. My job is to intrepret Brian's vision, using the colors of the moment. So it's gone from a healthy, nude-y face with strong brows to a outdoorsy, in-the-country powdery look — the opposite of the look I did yesterday, which was all gloss everywhere. So, are there any trends? No. [laughs]

Are you using existing products from your line, or are these new colors for Fall?
A combination. We're using some from our Fall collection, which has mauve-inspired tones.

I've been seeing a lot of shows that have fresh, clean skin. Are you using concealer alone, or foundation as well?
I'm using a light foundation all over. Especially in this venue, where the lights are really strong, you need foundation all over. But the ultimate goal with foundation, when I do makeup, is that it doesn't look like they're wearing it.

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