New York Fashion Week- Behind the Scenes: Pamella Roland- Makeup with Matin Maulawizada for Laura Mercier



It is no secret that we adore the designer Pamella Roland so when I was asked to come backstage for her Fall 2013 NYFW Runway show, my response was “What time?”! We had a moment to hear Matin Maulawizada for Laura Mercier tell us about the look he created for Pamella’s Fall 2013 Show and where his inspiration came from. Matin, lead makeup artist for this season’s Pamella Roland show, was inspired by the designer’s collection, a visual narrative of the history of the Tzar and Russian Court. He developed a flawless makeup look that translated the simplicity of women’s beauty in tandem with the “opulence of St. Petersburg”.

Pamella always keeps her look so classy and simple, this goes for her hair and makeup too. Click on the image above to see the video. 

To create the look:

Flawless Face- A fresh, “no makeup look” was key to balancing the collection’s bold accents

  • First, Matin applied Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($32) to create the perfect canvas for makeup application. 
  • Then, depending on the model’s complexion, he used Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation ($50) or Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation ($43) to hydrate and protect the skin.
  • Next, he used Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($30) to perfect the skin, concealing any problem areas.
  • He applied Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($35) to set and finish the look.
  • To give the skin a healthy color, Matin brushed Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Color in Blaze ($24) and Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek COlor in Sweet Mandarin ($24) onto the cheekbones.
  • Matin then contoured the apples of the cheeks with the Bronzer Veil from Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face and Cheeks Crème Colour Palette ($48).

Enchanting Eyes- Matin used varying shades of gold to highlight the eyes

  • Matin gently brushed Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Moonlight ($24) onto the eyelid.
  • He then applied Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic ($38) to the eyelids, leaving them gleaming with a warm, natural sheen.
  • To complete the eyes, he swept on a coat of Laura Mercier Gold Mascara (created exclusively for the Pamella Roland show), to dramatically lengthen and define the lashes.
  • Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil ($20) was applied to define the models’ eyebrows as needed.

Lustrous Lips- Deep wine lips created a modern look that “tied all the colors together”

  • Matin applied Laura MErcier Lip Silk ($22) to the models’ lips to create a smooth and nourished base. 
  • He contoured and shaded the lips using Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Coffee Bean ($20).
  • Adding the final touch, he applied Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Deep Wine ($20) to achieve a bold, modern look.

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Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Body Lotion

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I never knew there was such a thing as hair perfume.. There are 3 fragrance choices: Black Widow ( my favorite), Haute Mess and Social Butterfly. Black Widow  is grape infused with a hint of dark amber. I cant stop spraying my hair.. I even sprayed my hat! I’m in love with this product.
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Pur:Big Blink Extreme Mascara

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New York Fashion Week- Behind the Scenes: Pamella Roland- Hair with Paul Labrecque




We were lucky enough to steal Paul Labrecque away from his styling chair backstage at Pamella Roland’s NYFW Fall 2013 Show to speak with him for a brief moment. In our interview with Paul (click the image above to see!), he tells us all about the look he created for the show and where his inspiration came from.


Paul created a french pleat in the hair by simply pulling the hair back, folding it over and pinning it under itself. (see pictures below) Then the hair was smoothed over with a holding spray and the leather headband was applied to frame the face.

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So simple. So elegant. So Pamella Roland.





New York Fashion Week- Behind the Scenes: Makeup for Tracy Reese with Mally Roncal


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We had the opportunity to go backstage at Tracy Reese’s NYFW show and speak with the always incredible Mally Roncal. She was warm and gracious and broke down her steps in creating her Tracy Reese’s exclusive look. Please click the image above to see our interview with Mally (NOTE: The video is loud and there is a lot of background noise… it’s loud in those tents! Please turn your volume down before playing.)


For Glowing Skin: Mally used her Glow Primer as a base and to create a subtle glow. She topped skin with her Diamond Unpowder which uses a unique moisture delivery system to keep skin looking fresh, fabulous and radiant all day long. Then, to give the skin even more glow, she used her Effortless Airbrush Highlighter on the cheekbones and used her blush Mally’s Baby on the apples of cheeks. Each model finished with her Evercolor Poreless Face Defender to seal in makeup without a cakey finish.

For a Bold Smokey Eye: Mally created an artistic smokey eye. For this, she used the black eyeshadow from her City Chick Smokey Eye Kit in Soho Silver all over the lid. Then, she bent a clean mascara wand to each model’s specific eye shape, before dipping it in her Evercolor Silk Eye Defining System in Jet Black to smudge it out on the ends of eyes.

For “Slept in Lips”: Mally started the look by applying her lipstick in French Kiss on the lips and then continued the rest of the face. Once each model was complete, she used a tissue and dabbed off the excess lipstick, so it looked like the model slept in her lipstick.

For Defined Brows: Mally filled in the eyebrows with her 24/7 Brow Express so they were strong and defined.


“She is the quintessential New York City girl. She’s confident. She’s fierce. Whether she has been out all night with her girlfriends, or just working the night shift, she’s out feeling as fabulous as she did when she left the house. Her skin is healthy, glowing, and artfully undone. The eyes are strong, which are the focus, and heavily smokey.”- Mally Roncal


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I would like to extend a giant ‘Thank You’ to Mally, her entire backstage crew for allowing us to be in their faces for so long and her PR team for welcoming us with open arms.



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