Hollywood’s Sunset Gower Studios was the place; Los Angeles Fashion Weekend was the event. From Oct. 15-17, several designers showcased their newest collections on the runway. The show’s make-up sponsor, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, took inspiration from the designers themselves for each day’s unique look.

A. Ché show
Raquel Castañeda with Milian

Natural and Soft

Friday was opening night, featuring casual swimwear designs from Kooey, A. Ché (left) and Teeki. To match the outfits, key make-up artist Valerie Hernandez used highlights and shimmers to make the skin really “pop.” It was “a look that’s natural and soft and making the skin appear as if it doesn’t have tons of make-up,” she said. “We try our best to create a look that still looks like skin and not necessarily like a lot of make-up.”

Special guest performer Christina Milian had a look that her make-up artist, Raquel Castañeda (right, with Milian), called “fierce”:  a heavy, smoky eye elongated with a gel liner and lips done in gold. Castañeda used Loose Colour Concentrate in Glisten mixed with two Lips Tars: Clear and Memento, which added a hint of pink. Castañeda called it a “modern, gorgeous, feminine, tigress look.”

Gold Dust Woman

O.C.C. and Planet Salon teams backstage




Joyrich show

Castañeda was also the key make-up artist for Saturday evening’s event. Following designer Jessica Marks’ lavish use of gold, Castañeda envisioned a ’70s-era “Gold Dust Woman” look, with, as she described it, “lots of gold under the eye, on the lid, up into the hairline and into the crown of the hair.” Castañeda used “a basic gold shadow on the lid and underneath the eye, on top of concealer, and a really peachy, natural color on the lips. Tons of mascara and you are Gold Dust Woman.”

Models for Joyrich (left) got a similar look, with lots of gold and bronzes, plus an OCC neon-pink Lip Tar called Anime. OCC founder David Klasfeld said, “The look shifts from a natural ’70s look to a modern, Japanese-culture street look.”

White Trash Beautiful

Katie Pellegrino with Sambora
White Trash Beautiful designs

Musician Richie Sambora‘s line, White Trash Beautiful, was the only collection featured Sunday. Key make-up artist Katie Pellegrino was in charge of designing a matching rock ‘n’roll look. Smoky eyes dominated, created with OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrate in Smoke. The lips got a smoky treatment as well; Pellegrino created a stain with OCC Lip Balm in Clear topped with Loose Colour Concentrate in Smoke and Lip Tar in Clear. The result (below), Pellegrino said, was “smoky, trashy, rocker chic.”


For L.A. Fashion Weekend beauty breakdowns, visit www.Makeup411.com. For New York Fashion Week make-up trends and how to achieve them, see Kevin James Bennett’s Expert Advice column at www.Makeup411.com. And for New York Fashion Week photos, see Issue 87 of Make-Up Artist magazine.
Valerie Hernandez and David Klasfeld backstage
A. Ché design
JL Marks design