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NYFW: Backstage Beauty look at J Mendel S/S 2016 Collection

j mendel makeup and hari spring 2016
J Mendel’s spring/summer 2016 beauty look was all about creating a glowing delicate fresh face, hair and nail.  Sponsored by beauty.com, Makeup Artist Romy Soleimani used Arcona skincare and Kevyn Aucoin makeup to create a natural radiant glow.

NYFW: A Walk Through the Flower Market at Trina Turk SS2015 Presentation

trina turn stila makeup spring 2015

A walk through the LA Flower market was Trina Turk’s inspiration for her Spring 2015 collection. Exploding blooms of poppies influenced her spring line. Brilliant color sprang up in every inch of the show.

Hair accessories, makeup and even the menswear all encompassed intense hues. Viewing her collection gave you the feeling that the sun is shining somewhere. A range of rompers, separates and long breezy dresses graced the presentation. The models seemed to have just stopped in on their way to the beach.

phyto products at trina turk fashion presentation

We started Backstage with Beauty.com who worked with Esther Langham on hair using PHYTO products and T3 tools to create perfectly straight hair, and with Jason Araujo who prepped the models skin with Boots NO7 before passing the models to one of our favorite makeup artists, Sarah Lucero for  Stila Cosmetics.

The inspiration behind each look was a Californian girl going to the flower market- healthy and fresh. The hair was blow dried straight with volume at the roots using PHYTO Professional Intense Volume Mousse and PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing  and finished off with PHYTO Porfessional Glossing Cream and PHYTO Phytolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum for that smooth frizz-free hair. They then parted hair in the middle and topped off the look with a headband.Stila pop art perfection at Trina Turk SS15

Unlike a lot of  California inspired makeup looks we saw at Fashion week Stila incorporated a pop of color in the eyes and the lips. For the eyes they used Stay All Day Waterproof Smudge Stick in Turquoise and Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carina. Other products that were used  to create this look are shown above.

Jason backstage at Trina Turk

Bursting through the collection was a bright coral chiffon dress with shorts and a magenta jump suit. Vibrant board shorts and blazers were the theme of the menswear. Her collection was resort wear with a touch of sophistication.





Megan Fox at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards

Megan Fox at the Golden Globe Awards

Megan Fox rocked the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards dressed in Armani Prive with a classic Hollywood do that perfectly sculpted her face and complemented her one-strap gown.

Inspired to create a classic look for Megan Fox with a glamorous vibe, hairstylist Andy Lecompte achieved the look using Phyto Haircare to create a beautiful side-swept wave.


Lecompte started by applying Phyto Professional Intense Volume Mousse prior to blow-drying. He then set her hair using a 3/4-inch barrel curling iron and then pin curls. Once he released the pin curls, Lecompte brushed out her hair and gave it a deep side part.

PHYTO Hair Specials 12/14-12/18

Just in time for the holidays, from December 14th-18th (10am – 7pm),  PHYTO is offering some discounted hair services!

For more information visit www.phytouniverse.com

Phyto Friends & Family Sale 10/15 – 10/17

To participate in the sale visit http://sale.phyto-usa.com/

NYFW Retreat – Robert Verdi’s Luxe Lounge

I love New York Fashion Week (NYFW) — the people watching, the clothes, the makeup/hair, the backstage passes, and all around fabulousness.  However it does have it’s down side — the weather was cold and icy, and it felt like every show was miles apart.  Everyone assumes NYFW = Bryant Park, but many of the shows were held at alternate venues including Milk Studios, Chelsea Art Museum, The Altman Building, and Exit Art.  Not a fun trek in your Manolo’s.  You’re stuck waiting for a cab in the freezing cold with all the hustle and bustle for a fifteen-minute show.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth every minute, exhausting yes, but when I received an invitation to Robert Verdi’s 2010 Fashion Retreat, I was not about to pass up the opportunity.

Robert Verdi’s Luxe Lounge was beyond my expectations. The style icon was not only charismatic, and full of smiles, but also the most fabulous host.  He thought of everything a girl needed to relax, and escape from all the running around.  From healthy snacks and juices by Blue Print Cleanse, to manicures by Ginger + Liz Nail Polish, to blowouts by Phyto, the haven pampered guests from

Pretty Connected Backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Post by Melissa Udoff

“Uptown Debbie Harry” served as the inspiration for Phillip Lim at the designer’s 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall/Winter 2010 Collection. “This is a youthful, rebellious look that exudes a strong sense of confidence.  Energy radiates within the girls through their makeup with eyes that have a bit of a rock and roll feel,” said designer Phillip Lim.  Unlike the infamous Mrs. Harry, this Debbie is not exactly the leather-clad, hard-edged girl of a Blondie video.  She has a look that’s classic yet modern, polished but with a hints of rebellion.  She’s definitely got an edge but it’s more unexpected.

HAIR: Lead Stylist Odile Gilbert for PHYTO

Taking inspiration from this altered state of Debbie, famed hairstylist Odile Gilbert, created a look that was both refined yet Rock & Roll.  Long, voluminous waves had just enough fluff and feather to invoke the spirit of Ms. Harry.  Using all Phyto products Gilbert applied Intense Volume Mousse and created volume by blowdrying hair upside down.   She then used a curling iron to create soft waves and finished with Volume Actif Hair Spray for hold, and #7 Hydrating Cream to seal the ends.

MAKEUP: Lead Stylist Lisa Butler for NARS Cosmetics

“This look has many layers,” said NARS Cosmetic’s lead artist Lisa Butler. “The eyes are punchy and edgy while the skin was kept healthy and glowing. The lips are a soft, sheer pink for the elegant punk-rock princess style that Phillip was looking for.”  NARS Cosmetics accomplished their goal, keeping the models looking youthful and glowing with light lips but captured the edge in the eyes with a smokier look.

Here’s how to get the look:


  • Riviera Multiple
  • Douceur Blush (NEW for Fall 2010); try Lovejoy or Madly Blush for a similar effect
  • Luxor Multiple


  • Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow
  • Nymphea Single Eyeshadow
  • Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow (NEW for Fall 2010); try Bali Single Eyeshadow for a similar effect
  • London Eyeliner Pencil


  • Bangkok Pure Matte Lipstick (NEW for Fall 2010); try Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for a similar effect

NAILS: Lead Stylist Angi Wingle used CND Nail Polish

Angi Wingle completed the refined rocker look on nails with a French manicure using Creamy Cameo and Gold Chrome tips.

Pretty Connected Backstage at Malandrino

Malandrino Fall 2010 fashion show was inspired by Mongolia and “a vision of earth as seen from above”. Words like, nomadic, tribal, strong, warriors were all part of the vision for the collection and influence for the hair and makeup.

HAIR: Lead Stylist Odile Gilbert for PHYTO Professional

“The inspiration was a bit of Mongolia and a bit of Africa so what we wanted to create for Catherine, was a little tree on top of the head … in a very organic, natural way” said Gilbert.  “It should be fresh but have the touch of a barbarian girl.”

Gilbert began by applying ‘Intense Volume Mousse’ and ‘Actif Volumizing Spray’ to create a dry, matte texture.  While the hair dried, the stylist aggressively massaged the roots using her hands to add volume. ‘Fiber Paste’ was then added to create even more texture before hair was swept and bound on the top of the head. Next, Gilbert sprayed ‘Workable Holding Spray’ to add a strong hold.

MAKEUP: Lead Stylist Tom Pecheux for M.A.C

“My inspiration came from Catherine, she got inspired by Mongolia, and the beauty of the women there … so I created a powerful eyebrow, shaped eyes, and high cheeks.  I darkened the eyebrow, but nothing on the upper eyelid, and no mascara.  Everything is happening in the bottom with the bronze color and black eye pencil.” –Tom Pecheux

To achieve the look, Pecheux applied M.A.C eyeshadow in Tarnished Bronze to the lower eyelid, with Eye Kohl Pencil in Smolder to elongate eyes. For a powerful brow, Carcoal Brown eyeshadow was applied.  For an even complexion and fresh face, M.A.C Face and Body Foundation, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, and Blot Loose Powder was applied to the face followed by M.A.C Contour Bronzer Powder to accentuate the cheekbone. Pecheux then applied M.A.C Lipstick in Folio on the model’s lips to complete the look.

NAILS: Lead Stylist Angi Wingle for CND Nail Polish

To compliment the collection, Angi Wingle created a bark hued manicure textured to look like leather using CND Nail Polish in