MBFWA Backstage Beauty: Maybelline NY for ksubi

The hair was purposely matted down, greasy and grungy. The space was stuffy, warehouse urban. And the tension backstage was palpable.

I’m guessing that my blush-coloured jacket kind of had me pitched as a non-ksubi wearer. Not enough black in my outfit to blend in backstage. Which lead to a few questions as to why I was actually there … mmm.

ksubi makes no apologies for its “nonchalant non-conformity” and it never has. It’s a cult Australian label that fuses surf, skate and urban casual themes for a look quintessentially all of its own.

Maybelline New York makeup artist Nigel Stanislaus met his brief for the show head-on and I’d best describe it as a slightly grungy smokey-eye … and I do mean that in the nicest possible way ๐Ÿ˜‰


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That’s what’s called an “aggressive” lash

Nigel’s hot tip for re-recreating this at home: it’s all about adding layers and layers of mascara (too much is never enough) but being a bit wild, or “agressive” about its application by not combing through as you apply it. You massage into the lashes instead (check the video out if you haven’t … Nigel shows you how).

The key products used on the face (cheeks and eyes) were the yet-to-be-released Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoos. They were used in a more subtle way at the Lisa Maree show but here they were given the opportunity to shine for maximim impact.

Now, as for pieces from the collection I might be able to see myself wearing … I think you already know that it’s not just my style … and that I didn’t need to be wearing a brightly coloured jacket to understand that ๐Ÿ˜‰

But … as I’m a sucker for a bit of metallic and an over-sized top … I’d make room for this. Maybe.

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Do you like a smokey eye? Could you get more aggressive with your lash application?ย 


Thanks to Maybelline NY Australia, I’m blogging at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia all week. Come back each day for my take on what we’ll be wearing – on our face and ourselves – next spring-summer.

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  • I feel like a defensive friend here, but…I’m not impressed that you were made to feel in such a way for youย to write: “Which lead to a few questions as to why I was actually there โ€ฆ mmm.” ANYWAY!! Love a smokey eye, love big bold lashes – this is definitely a look I would love to rock (when done by a professional)!! xx

  • I’m glad the uncombed lashes look is in – I rock that one every day. Win!

  • I’ve tried a smokey eye but it just didn’t look right on me.

    • I’ve only been successful when it was done by a makeup artist!

  • LISA Mckenzie

    Yes I do do a smokey eye and no I don’t think my skinny lashes could handle that sort of layered mascara ,but it looks good on young ones ,oops am showing my age here and totally agree about Ksubi ย the oversized top would be nice but I’m not much of a fan their clothing is too constricting for me.

  • I prefer to be nice to my lashes, I think. Not sure treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen works for lashes?! I look after mine with quality products and implements and gently wash them every evening. I prefer pretty words like feathery and fanned. Aggressive sounds like it would be clumpy and messy. Oh, who knew my LASHES were unfashionable?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • LOL … not unfashionable, Kim-Marie … just not ksubi “fashionable” … and I think that’s more than ok ๐Ÿ˜‰

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