Spring Into Style: Phoenix Fashion Week


Phoenix Fashion Week

The past few weeks I’ve had a front row seat {backstage} to Phoenix Fashion week. Our makeup team was recreating Spring 2016 makeup trends: pops of color on the eyes and soft glossy nudes on the lips.  So much excitement swirled through the air as the models lined up for one last powder before strutting down the runway. Designers watched the crowd as they sent their collections down the runway to be admired for the first time.  Now … as a mom who is getting up, making breakfast, packing lunches, tying shoes, and running out the door, you might think, “Ok. Well that’s cool, but how does this relate to me?”  Well, I have been in the beauty industry for 10 years and have had firsthand experience with wanting to keep my look relevant while balancing mom life. Without a doubt, the most commonly asked question I get is, “How do I update my makeup when I only have 5 minutes to get ready?”  Well, I took the looks from the runway and made them mom-friendly.  Just because we are the busiest women on the planet and have a schedule packed from dawn to dusk does not mean we have to shy away from the fun new trends of the season.

Phoenix Fashion Week: Spring 2016

Featuring 6 Spring Trend Runway Shows Presented by Arizona’s Top Stylists:

Risa Kostis #Metallics
Parisa Zahedi #SportyChic
Brandon Hunt #Lingerie (Best in Show)
Time Boado  #Green
Style Stalkers (Shimeon Mattox, Ketonya Bankston + Shimon Mattox) #Plaid


The Looks

Metallic :: Perfect for a PTA Meeting or Mom Committee of Choice

Don’t shy away from the shimmer! When getting ready for a PTA meeting , or whichever mom committee you donate your time to, this is a great time to play with metallics on the eyes. The designers at PHX Fashion week paired it with casual street wear, like your favorite pair of jeans with a gray t-shirt. And pop a gold metallic shimmer eye shadow. For this look, try Amber Lights Cosmetics paired with Haute and Naughty Lash. Then apply three or four coats of mascara – don’t be afraid to get lashy!


Bold Deep Lip :: Perfect for a Girls Brunch

Whenever I have a new fab find, I always want to share it with my girlfriends immediately! So, I spare my husband the hyper enthused one-sided conversation about how amazing Viva Glam Ariana Grande is and how it’s the best Viva glam yet, and save it for brunch. My mama brunch go-to, of course, is any form of pancake, waffle, french toast hybrid; easy to cut into small bites avoiding the lipstick smear, and don’t forget to stick a straw in your mimosa or mom bevy of choice to ensure no lipstick on the teeth. Paired perfectly with black ripped leggings, a crisp over size v-neck white tee, and suede booties. Bold Lip-Nightmoth MAC Cosmetics. Lipstick- Viva Glam Ariana Grande.


Pop of Color :: Perfect for Date Night 

Finally, you’re free! Time to change out of the yoga pants and slip into your favorite LBD. Dates are the perfect time to play with a new makeup trend.  I’d steer clear of trying to rock new blue eye shadow at morning drop-off, but hey, if that’s your thing, let’s be friends!  On the runway we used a tangerine orange all over the lid, but a more user-friendly color may be a bright purple, or royal blue. Sweep the color all over your lid bringing it just to the crease, and then blend out the crease with a color that is just a shade deeper than your skin; that will blur any harsh lines. Add three coats of mascara and –if you’re feeling adventurous– pop on a pair of lashes for a playful flirty look.  This eye shadow is Plum Dressing.

IMG_0730Boho Bronze :: Perfect for All Mom Activities 

Desert, sun-kissed, soft lashy eyes, golden bronzed cheeks, nude lips with soft shine. The number one question women ask me: “What can I do to update my makeup routine?  I’ve been doing the same thing for years!” This Boho Bronze makeup trend is so soft. It’s all about hydrated radiant skin, a soft neutral pink lip, soft neutral eyes, and bronzer on your cheeks. This look can literally be done in less than 5 minutes.  Here’s how:

  • First step: moisturize!
  • Second step: BB Cream, or mix foundation with a drop of moisturizer.
  • Third step: sweep a warm neutral shadow on your eyelid.
  • Fourth step: swirl a bit of bronzer on your cheek.
  • Lastly: Add mascara and a pink gloss

Voila!  You’re set!  Try Makeup Forever BB Cream, Woodwinked (bronze eyeshadow),MAC Bronzer, Too Faced Just Supur,b MAC lipgloss – cremesheen.

Moral of the story – dig into your makeup bag or go visit your favorite makeup counter and try out one of the new Spring Trends.  Just because they were debuted on the runway at Phoenix Fashion Week doesn’t mean they can’t be mom-friendly!  For more beauty tips and tricks follow me on Instagram, I would love to hear what some of your product faves are. Share in the comments below or on instagram with #nphxmoms!  
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Michelle is a mom to three minis: a Queen Tween, a nine year old standup comedian, and a sweet baby who hasn’t let anyone sleep for 14 months (and counting). Michelle was born and raised a Southern California girl, but relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she has spent the past 4 years living in Seattle. Michelle is a brunch enthusiast by nature; filling her weekends exploring the town’s best offerings and searching for the next, best, perfect latte. Naturally, Seattle was the perfect fit. But after four years, Michelle, her husband, and her three minis moved to Phoenix in search of more opportunity, and, hopefully, better brunching. Michelle is a makeup artist by trade, with ten years experience in beauty, bridal, and fashion makeup. When Michelle isn’t busy packing lunches, driving to basketball practice, or attending PTA meetings, she can be found beautifying her clients. “Everyone has a story” says Michelle, “This is mine; it isn't boring.”



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