Erin Fetherston makeup

Backstage Beauty: Erin Fetherston


One of my favorite things to do is to watch a model's face go from nude to runway-ready, which is just what I got to do with Nars senior makeup artist James Boehmer. Erin Fetherston's collection was inspired by Juliet (of the Capulets), so James came up with a subtle, innocent face for the show.

Fresh, young, dewy skin is essential to this look. James and his team used concealer only where absolutely necessary, letting the texture of skin show through. A light dusting of loose powder kept foreheads from looking shiny under the lights. (For most models, the shade Snow was used). The eyes were deceptively simple. James used a soft brown pencil to highlight the crease, helping to define the eye without leaving that color visible when the model's eyes were open. A few false lashes near the center of the eye were coated with mascara, but lightly—so that you see long lashes, not obvious mascara.

Cheeks got glowy with a little Rosebud Salve on just the apples, and then the artists added color by blending red lipstick into it. For lips, James dabbed color on the inside of the lip, moving outward. When watching the show, Fab specifically mentioned the makeup—something she doesn't always do—so I was glad to see that she loved the look as much as I did.

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