Maybelline NY ambassador Ruby Rose backstage before the Lisa Maree show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

MBFWA Backstage Beauty: Maybelline NY for Lisa Maree

Nikki Parkinson Beauty, Fashion 20 Comments

I’m a little bit in love with Maybelline New York Australia’s makeup artist, Nigel Stanislaus. I know we are going to be firm friends before my week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is out.

Well, in MY mind, we will be firm friends … but in his mind he may be all … enough with the questions already.

I’m always in awe of makeup artists in general but when it comes to watching them at work for a fashion show, I go a little ga-ga.

I want to know all their tips and tricks so I can play at home.

Nigel’s big tip from the Lisa Maree show: your eye makeup brush should be super clean – and if you have big eyelids then work with a big brush. Conversely if your eyelids are small, use a smaller brush. Seems simple, doesn’t it? … but something I know this would really make a difference to my eye colour application.

The beauty brief for the Lisa Maree show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia was soft, flowy, pastel and very dream like. Nothing harsh.

Nigel took this brief and brought us a neutral/pastel look based around the colour lilac … who knew that this was a universal colour we all could embrace. I didn’t until Nigel told me so and I saw it on Maybelline NY ambassador Ruby Rose’s face.

Maybelline NY ambassador Ruby Rose backstage before the Lisa Maree show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Maybelline NY ambassador Ruby Rose backstage before the Lisa Maree show: stunning in lilac

The hero lilac products are Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo in Painted Purple and Too Cool. I’m a little bit obsessed already about the EyeStudio Color Tattoo range.  These pots of eye colour act almost like a second skin so you get really, good pigmentation and long-lasting colour. You’ll be able to buy them in July for $11.95 each. We like that.

Here’s what Nigel had to say about his inspiration for this catwalk look:


The Lisa Maree show painted a soft, flowy pastelly summer ahead … with an accent on ’70s-inspired crocheted swimwear and resort wear. Let’s just say my lumps and bumps are not made for it. They are, however, made for this kaftan … it’s gone straight to the wishlist!

What I'd wear from Lisa Maree's Spring-Summer 12-13 collection: Stride into Time kaftan

What I’d wear from Lisa Maree’s Spring-Summer 12-13 collection: Stride into Time kaftan

PS. Loved seeing this show with my blogging buddies … who claimed not to be “fashiony” but I think they held their own.

My blogging buddies: Eden Riley from Edenland and Mrs Woog from Woogsworld

My blogging buddies: Eden Riley from Edenland and Mrs Woog from Woogsworld

What are your thoughts on pastel makeup? Could you give lilac a go? 


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.

  • I love love love purple eye makeup. Especially as I have such dark brown eyes, a gorgeous shade of purple such as lilac can really make my eyes pop. xx

  • edenland


    Awesome post hon. Am still not fashiony … but never underestimate the power of a kick-arse black leather jacket. XXXX

  • Sasha

    Hi Nikki, you seem to know a lot about Maybelline. I always want to buy these cosmetics but never know what the animal testing (or actual ingredients before made into make up)status is at present. Do you know? Thanks!

  • I think it really depends on what your colouring is. Some people suggest eyeshadow that works for your eye colour. Purple is supposed to make green eyes pop etc, but I find it doesn’t really go with my skin tone.

    Some women look good in pastel colours while others look better with darker, brighter shades.

    Over the years I’ve found that pinks look better on me, and instead of trying to colour in my whole eye, I use a light pink blusher as eyeshadow as it’s the perfect sparkly shade, and a coloured eyeliner instead. I’ve got blues and greens as they look best, plum does nothing for me, but a light violet/amythest eyeshadow does if blended with a bit of pink.

    I also stick to pink and either dark or a brick red lipstick/glosse. I’ve never tried bright red and don’t know what it would look like on me, but pinks and soft reds work best.

    My skin tone has changed so much since I was a teenager buying all the little coloured compact eyeshadows from all the cheap stores. Blimey, I had all colours on my eyes, so looking back at those pics, I definitely know what does and doesn’t look good.

  • So I am thinking ‘Lilac? Hell no. Just no. Unless you want granny makeup.” But after watching the video with Ruby Rose, well I have to say I am really really loving it. She pulled it off really well, so much that I want to try it myself!

    • I know what you mean, Miss Pink … Ruby looked stunning in lilac. Who knew?

  • Wow lilac does look lovely. Would it be hard to match clothing though? As in does clothing have to be pastel too to match pastel makeup?

    I’m in awe of makeup artists now as well, especially after my recent photo shoot. They can do absolute MAGIC with my face! Makes me want to go off and attend a Napolean Perdis Makeup Academy course!

    • I know! The lilac works like a neutral so would work with most outfits but particularly other neutrals and pastels.

  • Kelly Isaacs

    Love it … I was on trend and didn’t even know!  Imust be naturally fashionable.  he hee

  • nikkimorgan

    Lilac is one of my best colours, often receive compliments when I wear it 🙂

    • And now it’s considered a future trend as well – winning!

  • I would definitely give lilac a go, I like to have fun with my make up every now and again. Sometiems I get bored with beige!
    I am obviously not a die-hard fashion fan because I still find it confusing to see catwalks of spring-summer when I’m in autumn-winter. Kaftan?! I want a big wooly jumper right now. Though it was a very pretty kaftan.

    • I know Kylie, it’s crazy but the fashions I’ll see this week are a preview for summer – Australian Fashion Week is aimed at buyers for next season.

  • Lorna

    I love the colour but can’t wear it in clothes, it makes me look dead! I think I’m too pale but might buy a cheapie eyeshadow to give it a try before I invest in a fancy one.

    • Lorna, the colour used was by Maybelline, so yes you can do it inexpensively

  • Thanks for the tip!

  • LISA Mckenzie

    Yes I would give Lilac a go ,so pretty and sort of neutral at the same time ,love those colours and I love that Kaftan too,I’m a fan of kaftans they look so chic on ,lovely post Nikki.