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From Runway to Reality: Anna Sui Spring 2018 Beauty Look

Today, I want to talk about the makeup for the Spring 2018 Fashion Show Anna put on last week. Ever since I started working at my company which produces makeup for Anna Sui, it is a brand that I have fallen head over heels with. Our packaging takes inspiration from her fashion line, which I would describe as a little edgy, a little girly, and a whole lot of cool.

Before, to be honest, I really paid no attention to where trends come from, but having had the privilege for working backstage at Anna’s show and seeing the makeup and fashion up close, it’s become clear to me that this is where trends are made.

Anna Sui Spring 2018 show
Anna Sui Spring 2018 show

The makeup look for every one of Anna’s show is created by the legendary Pat McGrath, who is one of if not the most influential makeup artist in the world who also happens to be Anna’s longtime friend. She’s also the Creative Design Director for Proctor & Gamble which also owns CoverGirl. She also owns her own makeup line which and her new collection often sells out quickly. Suffice to say, Pat is the authority when it comes to makeup.

This season for Anna Sui, Pat created a very understated yet beautiful look, with soft, barely-there brown hues on the eyes, embellished with a sliver of glitter going down from the eyelid to the top of the cheek bone. She also applied glitter to the inner tear duct. The lips were subtle, with a natural-looking pink hue. Quite a refreshing change from the heavy handed makeup that has become very popular on Youtube and Instagram.

Gigi Hadid Anna Sui Spring 2018
Gigi Hadid backstage at Anna Sui Spring 2018. If you look closely, you can see a thin line of glitter going below and above her eyes

As reported by WWD, a major industry publication, when Anna was asked if the vertical line of glitter on the eyes represented tears, she corrected the reporter saying “No, they are optimism. Twinkles.”

Anna Sui Spring 2018
Nails to match the glitter makeup

Her sense of optimism and nostalgia for a by-gone era was evident in her heavily 60’s inspired clothing and funky, whimsical designs I have come to know and love as Anna’s style. The makeup all ties into this. Pat explained that the look embodies free-spirited beauties and a Summer of Love image that Anna was going for.

Anna Sui Spring 2018
Some models even got flowers on their face to evoke the Summer of Love theme Anna was going for

To me, this look is perfect for a blissful sunny day in the summer, but the obvious choice of occasions to wear this look would be at a concert or a music festival.

Anna Sui Spring 2018
Grown-up glitter makeup by Pat Mcgrath, image by Albion Cosmetics

4 Ways to Apply Glitter

1. Eyelid or Eyelash Glue 

But glitter, as we all know, can be a tricky thing to apply. It’s loose and it can get messy. I like to use eyelid glue to stick glitter onto face, but if you aren’t Asian and/or blessed with never having had to use one, eyelash glue will do the trick. The cosmetic glue is especially good for sticking on bigger pieces of glitter. The trick is to apply the glue on the back of the gem and on the skin to withstand sweat and oil produced naturally by your body.

2. Petroleum Jelly

Another method: Backstage, it was reported by Allure that the beauty classic Elizabeth Arden’s Eight-Hour Cream was applied with an eyeliner brush before glitter was applied. The 8 Hour Cream’s main ingredient is petroleum, so any kind of petroleum jelly like Vaseline will do the trick.

Whichever method you try, be sure to use cosmetic glitter and not glitter from a craft store – these could be made of glass or other sharp materials that could potentially cut your skin or your delicate eyes. Backstage, Pat used Inglot’s body sparkle and MAC’s glitter.

3. Anna Sui Eye &Face Color Stardust 

But if you don’t want to bother with loose glitter, Anna Sui Cosmetics has products with glitter already in them for easy application. I suggest using Anna Sui Eye & Face Color S001 (silver) to recreate the runway look, but I also like S800 (gold) as well for something even more subtle that blends with my skintone. Jocelyn, our national makeup artist suggests wetting the tip of the brush first to intensify the pigment and sparkle.

Anna Sui Eye & Face Color S001 S800
Anna Sui Eye & Face Color Stardust

4. Anna Sui Multi Glitter

Lastly, there is another product I recommend by Anna Sui called Multi Glitter, which is like a glitter balm. I love how the gel-like texture blends seamlessly, ensuring that the glitter clings to skin without flaking or transferring.

Anna Sui Multi Glitter
Anna Sui Multi Glitter left to right: 800 (Champagne Gold) 002 (Icy Silver) 001 (Ivory White)

So there you have it! What are some of the methods you try to put on glitter on your face? Let me know in the comments below!

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