Backstage with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics at Tibi: MB Fashion Week Fall 2012
We chatted with Bobbi Brown’s top makeup artist at Tibi’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show about effortless beauty for every skin tone.
Full, heavy eyebrows and understated cool were on the model agenda backstage at Tibi’s Fall/Winter Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show on Saturday February 11, 2012—courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, of course! While the show itself wasn’t set to go live till 6 PM, I was lucky enough to get the chance to go backstage early, snag my press badge (woo!), and chat with one of Bobbi Brown’s leading beauty pros and director of global artistry, Kimberly Sloane, about tough girls, strong eyebrows, and the Beatles.
BettyConfidential: So! What do the Fab Four have to do with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, anyway?
Kimberly Sloane: The inspiration for the Tibi show is a take on the Beatles and the ‘60s era with a ‘90s twist. The clothing is very rich and luxurious so we’re keeping the makeup very understated. It’s all about flawless skin and a heavy matte finish on the lip with no gloss. The eye makeup is a coat of mascara and a very clean, matte, nude lip color. Because the brow is the statement of the eye, it needs to be effortless.
BC: I’m seeing a lot of the opposite in on the runway right now—the eye makeup is definitely overstated to say the least.
KS: [Tibi designer] Amy Smilovic likes it when girls stand out. With the models in this show, they’re pretty, tough, and cool girls. Bobbi Brown’s philosophy is to enhance natural beauty. In other shows, the trends are crazy shimmer and a lot of glow in the cheeks, but really, it’s all about the brow. I’m waiting for everyone’s brow!
BC: How does the girl on the go create a defined eyebrow of her own?
KS: You have to make the most out of your natural brow, so be careful about the color you use. A good rule of thumb is that the color you choose is the color of the brow hair, but the tone of your head hair. Make sure the head of your brows are squared off and follow the natural arch. Check to be sure your arch isn’t over-pointed or over-plucked. If you do use a pencil, make sure you aren’t drawing in hard, straight lines. Use a soft feathery stroke instead.
BC: How would I get a nude lip, since I usually like to wear darker lipstick shades? I have pale skin and I’m afraid I would look washed out otherwise. And how about getting those wind-burned cheeks?
KS: For the nude lip, Bobbi says look at the color of your lip and go one shade brighter. That’s your perfect nude. It’s not pale and it’s not neutral, it’s your nude. The nude should enhance your natural color, and going one shade brighter, whether it’s more of a cocoa tone or something pinker, will give you your perfect nude.
For wind-burned cheeks, Bobbi’s tip is pinch your cheeks. The color you get? Go with that! For deeper, darker skin tones, choosing a richer bronze tone can be great; for super fair skin, pick a very sheer pink.
Heather Taylor is BettyConfidential’s LA correspondent.