SHADES of Spring

With the weather starting to heat up in NYC, it's time to get serious about spring style. This season, spruce up your wardrobe with the latest "in" colors. Take a look below at what the fashion industry is loving through my eyes as a model.

ROSE QUARTZ

Pantone's color of the year is taking the fashion world by storm. Its surprising versatility makes it the perfect accent color to any outfit. Better yet, It complements every skin tone and complexion. Mix it in with a new hand bag or dress; or, show off your fashion sense with rose quartz nails. 

Loving this color? Use it to accent your home. Pair it with light wood, white, marble or copper. Add rose quartz pillows to your couch. Paint an accent wall. Or, play it safe and get rose colored candles. 

MY WORK WITH ROSE QUARTZ:

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for South Parade

Campaign for South Parade

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

SHOP ROSE QUARTZ BELOW:

Placid Blue

Move over Serenity! This season the fashion industry has opted for a more neutral (read androgynous) color: placid blue. Like rose quartz, it perfectly complements all complexions. Accent a simple outfit with a placid blue bag or shoes. Play it up by pairing it with a matching denim. Remember, it also looks amazing with white, rose quartz or silver.

Feeling especially brave? Dare yourself to try placid blue in your makeup routine this season. Get the look from my shoot with Danny Lim at Laura Mercier or Givenchy

 

MY WORK WITH PLACID BLUE:

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Shoot with Danny Lim

Shoot with Danny Lim

Behind the scenes makeup on set

Behind the scenes makeup on set

SHOP PLACID BLUE BELOW:

PATINA GREEN

Patina green may be the hardest color to work-in this season, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. This very unique color made up about a third of my wardrobe for fresh off the runway retailer Moda Operandi, which means it's about to hit the market big time. Keep an eye out for patina green at H&M and Forever 21 this Spring and next.

If you want to get a head start, pick up a patina green colored v-neck or tank. Or, accent a plain outfit with a patina green scarf or bracelet. Adapt the color to fit your personality and complexion.

 

 

MY WORK WITH PATINA GREEN:

SHOP PATINA GREEN BELOW:

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is the perfect spring neutral. It's cool, casual and collected. This season, instead of a safe black, work iced coffee into your wardrobe. You probably have some items in this color lying around already! 

Pump it up with an iced coffee suede bag, dress, or a knit jacket. It's all about the texture to keep things interesting. To make iced coffee really pop, pair it with other neutrals such as white or cream, or go in the other direction and use it to accent rose quartz.

MY WORK WITH ICED COFFEE:

Backstage with Polo Ralph Lauren

Backstage with Polo Ralph Lauren

Glasses backstage at Gilt Studios

Glasses backstage at Gilt Studios

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

SHOP ICED COFFEE BELOW:

 

That's this season's color round up! I hope you enjoy the colors of Spring as much as I do, and feel inspired to incorporate them into your wardrobe.

XOXO

Grace

 

 

 

 

Tools and Tricks of the Trade

PART 1

With NYFW officially wrapped, it's time to take a deep breath,  put on a face mask, and get back to my blog.

After a week of nonstop makeup at shows, I felt the need to do a roundup of the top backstage secrets in the industry.

1. BIODERMA

Bioderma is the absolute, without a doubt, number one make up remover used by makeup artists and models alike. As a model, I go through multiple make up looks per day(as many as 7 on some beauty shoots). Clearly, a good makeup remover is essential. Bioderma gets the job done effortlessly without irritating my skin or getting into my eyes. In fact, after fashion week, even water feels harsh on my eyelids; magically Bioderma does not. I'd go so far as to say that it actually refreshes and rejuvenates my skin, which makes sense as it boasts cucumber extract and a neutral pH.

This past Friday, I had a shoot that involved a  blue eyeshadow look before a "fresh face" look. The make up artist used Bioderma to remove the strong blue to seamlessly transition to the next look. 

My makeup artist this past Friday,  Toru Sakanishi , transitioned from a heavy blue eyeshadow look to a mascara only look in a matter of minutes.

My makeup artist this past Friday, Toru Sakanishi, transitioned from a heavy blue eyeshadow look to a mascara only look in a matter of minutes.

A photo of the next look, as taken by  Danny LIm .

A photo of the next look, as taken by Danny LIm.

As a model, I never know if the make up artist is going to have time to remove my makeup before I leave a set. So, to avoid commuting home via subway looking like a blue panda, I always carry a travel sized bottle (which seems to last forever) in my bag. Despite being the perfect product, Bioderma isn't widely used by consumers. It seems to be kept under lock and key by the fashion industry. Not any more!

So say good bye to those nasty make up wipes that don't even remove your eyeliner and those oily removers that get into your eyes, and try my favorite industry secret: Bioderma.

 

2. CLEAR MASCARA TO SHAPE BROWS

I was sixteen when I had my first ever job as a model.  A department store called Belk flew me to Savannah, Georgia (my mom came too!) to shoot their new Junior's catalogue. I'll always remember that job and what I learned on it. One of the tips that I still see at shoots is the use of clear mascara to shape (and in my case, tame) eyebrows. The makeup artist used Maybelline's Great Lash Clear Mascara on my lashes and on my brows. And they looked great while still feeling natural. You can purchase Great Lash in most drug stores, but just in case, here's a link to buy online below:

 

3. SNAIL UNDER EYES

The aforementioned "snail under eyes" may seem a bit taboo to some Western consumers, but the practice has been popular for years in Korea. Although it sounds gross at first, the science behind snail secretion filtrate is there. It has the same basic ingredients (ie. glycolic acid, hyuloronic acid and proteoglycans) that are found in high end (read: expensive) face creams. As explained by Charlotte Cho on the Coveteur, these ingredients stimulate collagen and elastin production, which restore and revitalize your skin.

The best part? Unlike many of our lipstick and face products, supposedly no little creatures are harmed in the process. According to peachandlily.com, a site that retails Korean snail products to the States, scientists collect what snails have already left behind.

Instead of applying a cream or mask before shooting, I've had makeup artists apply cool gel-like under eye patches to get rid of dark circles and puffiness before applying any makeup. Here are some that I've seen/used and recommend:

So there you have it. Products that are commonly used in the industry, and really work!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the guide.

Until next time xx

Grace