NYFW with Hourglass and La Perla

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To say we’re big Hourglass fans around these parts would be putting it mildly. So, what a treat to be able to share with you the pics and instructions that went in to their New York Fashion Week pairing with the world’s biggest luxury lingerie line, La Perla! What a fabulous (and obvious) duo, right? Hourglass MUA Michael Pierce is the genius behind these beautiful, dreamy looks. Below are quotes from Michael, with his inspirations and how he created the look.

La Perla is known for stunning, one-of-a-kind lingerie, say Michael Pierce. Women simply feel beautiful when wearing their pieces and when creating the makeup, I wanted to reflect the inner-confidence and radiance that comes with wearing La Perla.

Look #1 (shown above):
For the La Perla classic collection, I was inspired by 40s Hollywood – Veronica Lake and other silver screen sirens. The focus is on a gorgeous, strong red lip, but a red that every woman can wear. La Perla is beautiful, sexy and feminine and nothing portrays a woman’s beauty like the ability to wear a truly stunning red. Hourglass’ Raven lipstick is gorgeous and sexy– and works for all women. To add to this look, the eyes are light with tight black eyeliner.

Skin: Michael used Veil Fluid Makeup for medium coverage and set it with Oxygen Mineral Powder for a modern, semi-matte approach to 1940’s skin. He followed it with Illume in Bronze Light- using the bronze to contour the cheekbone and the highlighter for strong definition.

Eyes: He sweeped the natural sand shade from Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy from the lash line to the brow for a glowing luminous eye. Followed by Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony which he winged out in an upward direction for a thin lined look. He then finished it with Film Noir mascara (new for Fall) for an intense & dramatic black.

Lips: He traced the lips with Trace Lip Liner in Message. He then filled it with Raven lipstick (new for Fall and I will die if I don’t have this! ~Stef) and added a dab of Prodigy Lip Gloss in Hypnotic in the middle to create the perfect pout.

Look #2:
The La Perla Studio collection is an edgier look that is Tribeca-inspired. She is an urban woman that is fearless and owns her city – like she owns her beauty. For this, I created a messy, dark eye with a nude lip in order to portray an independent, inspirational beauty.

Skin: Michael created rich and dewy skin with Illusion Tinted Moisturizer. He used Hidden Concealer in Pearl, a shade lighter than the skin tone, to lift up the cheek bones and intensify the hallow. He also used Oxygen Mineral Powder in a darker shade than the skin tone to contour the cheek bones.

Eyes: Using Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism, Michael combined the two colors and used his fingers for a smudged, unblended look– heavier on the outside of the eye. He then took Extreme Sheen lip gloss in Reflect and added it to the eye lid for an edgy, well-worn look. He wetted a small lip brush and created a muddy consistency with the darker shade of Prism to tight line the eye- added to the inner, upper rim of the eye. Last, He used Film Noir mascara (new for Fall) for a powerful black.

Lips: To complete the look with a nude lip, Michael used Adorn in Poetry and Trace Lip Liner in Bare.

Look #3:
The Villa Toscana collection is soft and feminine and was created for everyday women. The makeup reflects this with a focus on flawless skin. I used a minimum of product to define her features and a neutral full lip with tight defined eyes. My philosophy here is that a woman should wear her makeup, the makeup should not wear her.

Skin: This look is all about soft and natural skin. To create this glow, Michael used Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, which has a slight shimmer. He then used Illume in Bronze Light and the blush from Illume in Sunrise to add luminosity.

Eyes: To create a soft innocent eye, Michael sweeped the eye lid with the natural shade from the Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Suede. He then wet his brush and reapplied the same color to the eye for a glossed effect.

Lips: Like rest of the look, he maintained a natural beauty and created a natural, full lip with Prodigy Lip Gloss in Surreal and Trace lip liner in Bare.

How beautiful are these photos? Thanks to Hourglass for sharing these with us!

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  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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  1. Wow, So PRETTY- So Hourglass! Love everything i have from them.. La Perla too.. but heaven’s knows that this bod of mine can only dream of wearing such treads! Nice post Stef! La Perla has some great fragrances too.

  2. Hot off the runway, these photos only hit our inbox yesterday – weekend or not, we had to share them right away!

    Hourglass truly has the best makeup artists and photographers. Amazing models too. I always love and lust after everything in their shoots. The subtle smokey eye in the top right picture is sublime.
    .-= Tyna Werner´s last blog ..Smashbox Heartbreaker Collection review =-.

  3. Very Va Va voom, agreed Holly! Are you a Hourlgass fan?

    I thought of these models while I ate valentine’s chocolates yesterday, not particularly a good thought..
    .-= stef´s last blog ..Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer review =-.

  4. Lovely.. Hourglass is where it’s at.. I love the elegance of their products.

    I need to try their liquid eye liner.. looks gorgeous!!

  5. I’m loooving the second picture. How adorable is that model?! I also really like the bold lip in the first one.

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