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Nicole Miller Spring 2009 New York Fashion Week Hair and Makeup

A Plum Deal At Nicole Miller

Backstage at Nicole Miller, key makeup artist James Kaliardos used MAC products to create a look that complemented the designer's vision for Spring. I caught up with him backstage to find out how he dreamed it up. Here's what he had to say.

What was your inspiration for this look?
It's the Voodoo Collection, so it's kind of like a strong voodoo eye. The eyes are very prominent, the lips are present. It's healthy and sexy.

What products are you using?
It's a plum smoky eye on top and bottom. Inside the inner eye rim, there's this bright, dark blue. We're using this new golden orange reflective blush on the cheeks, so it's a healthy, suntan-y look. And we're using a new product that's not a lip gloss or stick, in a neutral color.

Do you think we'll see that look a lot for Spring 2009?
It's a modernized version of things we saw for Fall, but this is plum instead of black. It's still a strong eye. It's a classic look. The orange blush makes it a little fresher. Anyone can wear this blush, it's a coral color.

How does the makeup complement the clothes?
There's a lot of color in the show and a lot of patterns, and so we wanted to have a little bit of color but overall a sort of subtle look that's sexy and I think we managed to do that by adding the plum to the eye. Plum turns deep and dark so it doesn't look like a color, but it is. And it isn't brown or black and it looks good on everyone.


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I always do plum eye makeup. This is a cute look but some of the models look dead and washed out.
any any 7 years
yeah she looks weird i dont like it
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I actually don't like the look - it makes her look kind of sick and tired...
sjtoliver sjtoliver 7 years
what a beautiful look, I'm definitely going to try it out. too bad he couldn't be more specific(probably very busy, yes?): "we're using a new product that's not a lip gloss or stick" well, what is it?
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i love the eyes - i think that i'm going to have to pick up those colors and replicate it for my own evening look. it's a great take on the smokey eye.
Swen Swen 7 years
I don't really like it. I like the concept I guess, and I like plum eyeshadow normally, but this looks sickly to me not sexy and fresh as he described it.
gemsera gemsera 7 years
This looks so hot! I"ll have to plum it up next time I'm out...
LisaKate LisaKate 7 years
yep! love it!
LisaKate LisaKate 7 years
yep! love it!
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I love this look. It's very pretty! It also looks easy to recreate.
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