They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Only this time the beholders were LA's fashion elite poised to see the city's first ever fashion week beauty show. Beauty giants Smashbox Cosmetics and Sephora joined together to recap spring's hottest beauty trends. Taking inspiration from the world's most beautiful rainforests the show appropriately titled 'Exotica,' showcased looks that ranged from bright bold colors to earth toned neutrals. These trends arriving fresh from the catwalks of New York, Paris and Milan made this beauty spectacular more exciting than ever.
Led by Smashbox artist Karl Giant in collaboration with Sephora's beauty experts the show paired lively color blends with easy wearable looks. The drama and style of the Smashbox cosmetics brand blended artistically with the realism of the world's favorite beauty retailer.
The excitement began with feather clad models adorned with strategically placed glittered body paint. They flowed to a background of Moroccan beats with painted faces in a rainbow of colorful tones. Starting off with fierce looks that included bold spider lashes and sparkling glittered torsos all doubts quickly went away on how makeup could possibly capture the essence of a dynamic runway show.
As for show stoppers, the eye's definitely had it. Showy color pallets combined with highly defined lashes put the eyes at center stage. And if the faux lashes were any clue to what to expect this upcoming season let's just say they were bolder than ever. Almost high enough to be confused with the models high-rise updo's the lashes were daring' over the top and simply gorgeous.
In the midst of these striking exotic eyes, lips appeared understated and glossy with subtle hues of barely there color. Cheeks were delicately streaked in a variety of berry toned shades.
On the flip side the beauty guru's also managed to put the spark in some neutral wearable looks. As if two different shows, a few models came beautifully bronzed with flushed cheeks and glossy pink hued lips. Tasteful crochet bathing suits provided little distraction from the perfectly made up faces. In spite of the drama and intrigue of the core looks, these natural beauties input some much needed realism for prospective Sephora customers.
In both the make believe and real life looks one thing was consistent. Bronze' Bronze' and Bronze. Skin that glows all over with either a hint or a lot of sparkle appeared perfect for both day and evening looks.
Sephora brand partner Jonathan Antin ensured the models hair and nails also brought to life the beauty and vibrancy of spring. The hair was flashy and in a mixture of sprawling pony tails and colorful coif's. Multi colored extensions added extra flavor to the overall looks. Nails ranged from being virtually unnoticeable to wildly exotic.
Making it clear true beauty has no limits the show ended just as interesting as it began. A seductive body painted dancer put on a one woman show against bold ethnic beats. In true runway show fashion beauty enthusiasts got to take away a gift bag full of goodies including two rainforest inspired lip and eye pallets, and full sizes of Sephora's body butter and Jonathan Dirt texturizing paste.
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