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Above is the lovely and talented, Natasha Bedingfield, on the red carpet before her performance at The Red Dress Awards, which took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center this week. Natasha killed it when she sang “Strip Me” off her new album, but while watching her performance of “Unwritten” on the monitor in the dressing room, it was I who suddenly had smoky eyes.
Ning Chao, the former beauty editor of Marie Claire, now brings you beauty advice via the blog at Beautylish.com. She wrote a great little piece about Natasha’s makeup.
I’m thrilled to link you to the site where you can get the inside scoop on the makeup look I created for Natasha, as well as other trends. The products are listed below, but for easy tricks and tips on how to create a fresh and modern smoky eye, you’ll have to click…then start blending!
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For the Red Dress Awards, sponsored by Women’s Day, Natasha Bedingfield wore…
Rouge Coco lipstick in Peregrina by Chanel
Glossimer in Beige Guitar by Chanel
Les 4 Ombres in 18 Kashka Beige by Chanel
Hypnose Mascara in Black by Lancome
Ultra Facial Moisturizer by Kiehl’s
Radiance Blush in Echo by Le Metier de Beaute
Concealer in Beige by Cle de Peau
Body Glow in Medium by Red Carpet Kolour
–Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Alicia Silverstone, Saffron Burrows, Natasha Bedingfield, Nina Garcia, Rose Byrne, Piper Perabo, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner, Isaac Mizrahi, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff, Beau Biden and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Extra, The Rachel Ray Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for look books for Proenza Schouler, Behnaz Sarafpour, Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear collections, keyed the Simon Spurr runway show, and assisted on fashion shows including Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Latina, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, and numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew is a regular guest speaker at The High School of Fashion Industries in New York. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com
The CFDA Awards are tonight! Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall will be even more glamorous than usual as the fashion industry gathers to honor America’s most influential forces. Established and emerging talent is recognized among American designers who are the driving force behind modern style. Designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Sean Combs, Calvin Klein, and Kate Spade have received such distinction.
This year, Michael Kors will join the ranks of Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenburg, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, and Yves Saint Laurent when he is presented with a Geoffrey Beane Lifetime Achievement Award.
A variety of other awards have been given to influencers who, though not designers, have powerful voices as masters of red carpet style, as with Sarah Jessica Parker, or as journalists like this year’s winner Tonne Goodman of Vogue. Occasionally, distinction is given to one who may not even work in fashion at all, but who posesses the style and grace to reignite a nation’s passion for dressing well and standing tall. In last year’s winner, Michelle Obama, the Council of Fashion Designers of America intended not to honor notoriety, but herald the birth of legend.
This year’s celebration will include one somber moment, as Alexander McQueen is remembered for his work. Though his life was cut short, his unique voice will continue to underscore the creative thoughts of designers, entertainers, artists and the everyman for generations.
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, and numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com
In 2002, just three months before I began college, I decided it would be a good idea to get a summer job selling makeup at my local department store. I knew almost nothing about how to apply it but came armed with a copy of “Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin. Friends would come by so I could try to duplicate Kevyn’s transformations with overly ambitious naivety, and a great sense of excitement. I carried the book to work every single day as I though I’d discovered the world’s greatest playbook written by the world’s most charming coach.
Immediately, the constant streaks of lipstick, mascara and at least three near randomly guessed shades of foundation on the back of my hand alluded to long forgotten images of my childhood hands, eternally stained with Crayola markers and chalk pastels. Fortunately, I was a quick study and I improved. Summer job would return as holiday job, then again after each semester.
Fast forward to February 12, 2010. I’m in my early late 20’s and making a living as a freelance makeup artist in New York City. Between working with glamorous celebrities, fidgety models, being interviewed by top publications and even Access Hollywood, prepping clients for early morning shows, organizing photo shoots, and using body paint to make gogo boys glow in the dark, I’ve often said, “I do a bit of everything.” Until today, one particular milestone was yet to be reached. Bryant Park.
I used to work at Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue, and would eat my sandwiches from Pret-A-Manager sitting on the grass in Bryant Park, displaced only by rain or Fashion Week. Having only previously done fashion shows off-site, today marked a special occasion as I backed up key makeup artists Scott Patric and Deborah Altizio with the rest of the amazing team for the finale of “Project Runway” and my first ever show inside the tents at Bryant Park for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Today’s milestone seems the perfect opportunity to launch my blog. Expect makeup tips and product recommendations, but also anecdotes from my life of running around Manhattan with my makeup kit as well as and posts on beauty icons, events not to be missed, and places to visit that stir the creative spirit. You’ll know where to go and what to wear! Stay tuned and I’ll help you cast aside cumbersome rules on beauty so you’ll know how to wear light on your eyes and your heart on your sleeve.
Tonight, I think about how much has happened during my career to this point and reflect on how a path I never expected to embark upon has taught me about art, passion, insecurity, ego, love, loss, solitude, grace, gratitude, and the thrills of a vibrant life in color.
As seasoned designers, editors, and makeup artists take their last looks around Bryant Park, knowing that the Spring 2011 shows will begin a new era at Lincoln Center, I start heading out of the tent in time for another gig, thinking about how my relationship with Bryant Park has finally come full circle. Suddenly, I notice a photo of Kevyn Aucoin, hanging on the wall just above my head.
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, and Rose Byrne and appeared on Access Hollywood. He is a My Fashion Plate Trendsetter. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com.