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April 24 2014

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Ready-To-Wear Makeup Makes Strides For Spring

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Designer nail collaborations are taking off this season (see Wu, Jason and Gurung, Prabal in posts below), and designer makeup ranges are picking up steam as well. Dolce & Gabbana now exclusively use their Pat McGrath-designed The Make Up line backstage, and with its much-discussed launch earlier this summer, Burberry will likely do the same with its makeup range at its Spring show in two weeks. Even Viktor & Rolf hinted at a potential cosmetic foray at their Flowerbomb anniversary party on Wednesday (please, oh please, let this come to fruition). Designers like Jill Stuart and Jason Wu have been on the beauty tip for a while—albeit in Asia—and a few well-placed runway appearances today suggest that we could be seeing a lot more of their sparkly blushes and bejeweled packaging. Stuart’s ultra-girly collection (pictured above right)—which has been a backstage constant for the past four seasons and turned up again at her show this morning—is huge in Japan; it’s near impossible to miss its billboard-size ads and multi-floor store at Tokyo’s Shinjuku station. The designer brought the line to the States over a year ago, although much like Anna Sui’s eponymous beauty line, its minimal distribution at her Soho flagship has kept it somewhat off the radar. We imagine many more Manhattanites will be seeking out Stuart’s Jelly Lip Gloss in Apricot Sorbet, however, after seeing makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s handiwork from the Spring show (stay tuned for our full review). As for Wu’s faceted compacts and bright glittery pigment pots for Chinese brand Supreme Aupres (pictured above left), they’re still only available in the Far East, but they could land on our shores yet; they’ve already made two backstage appearances, first at his Resort show in June and at his Spring show yesterday. Until then, let us know if you’re planning a trip to Beijing—we may have an order for you.

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