When New York Fashion Week’s fall season hits Manhattan you can almost always count on brisk air and blistery winds, but this year has been one of the chilliest with temps barely reaching the single digits. So when a collection and the beauty behind it mimic a chic Nordic girl who’s been skiing, it all seems quite fitting for the setting.
Butter London Lead Artist Katie Jane Hughes crafts both the nail and makeup looks for Nicole Miller, opting for cutesy nail art to offset the edgier makeup design. “The nail isn’t too serious,” says Hughes. “She’s badass on her face and then she’s got these cheeky nails.” Hughes whizzes the brush around the neck of the bottle to keep the bristles confined and then places one dot of Butter London in Cotton Buds slightly above the cuticle before painting the entire nail with one layer of Butter London in Splash Out, creating what she deems a “snow globe effect.”
For the makeup design, Hughes opts for strong, angular, graphic eyeliner with subdued rosy cheeks and lips. “The eyeliner is like a dagger,” she explains. “It’s sharp like a slope, and then the girls have been skiing so they have this flush on their cheeks.” For the eye, Hughes draws a straight, winged-out medium-thick line with Butter London Union Jack Black Eye Pencil and then retraces that line with Butter London Iconolast Infinite Lacquer Liner for a high shine before finishing with two coats of Butter London Double Decker Mascara on the top lashes. “The eyeliner is the epitome of chic,” she says. Hughes next carves out the cheekbones with Butter London BronzerClutch in Sun Baked and then applies Butter London BlushClutch in Simple Sweet to the apples to create a flushed complexion. To finish the look, Hughes mixes Butter London Plush Rush Lipstick in Daring, Provocative and Buzzed, and uses her fingers to lightly dab the multi-hue concoction onto the lip. “The lips are supposed to look stained,” she explains. “You just press the color in until it looks like she’s drank a glass of red wine or eaten some berries.” —Molly Church
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Butter London Lead Artist Katie Jane Hughes crafts both the nail and makeup looks for Nicole Miller, opting for cutesy nail art to offset the edgier makeup design. For more on this show, see our article here!