Boudoir Beauty

Boudoir Beauty

Local hands-on style promoter Caprece Jackson-Garrett asked me to bring along the hair and makeup folks for her “Boudoir Couture Showcase” – featuring work by MICA, Baltimore Design School and Baltimore School for the Arts students – as part of Everyman Theatre’s closing night party of the play, “Intimate Apparel.” We quickly went to work on runway looks for the mini-fashion show that would work well with the fanciful lingerie. Photographer  Linda Tucker was kind enough to share some snaps of our work.

Here’s Caprece with model Jarlean Taylor in a handmade corset and the season’s orangey red lip called Grenadine.

Caprece, herself – here with Brian Francoise, Everyman Theater’s Director of Community Engagement – got a touch up from makeup artist Gavin Hebert. Gavin defined her brows with Jane Iredale brow powder in “Brunette,” “In Love” blush, and their plum-toned shadow palette. With a quick smudging of their gel liner all around the eyes, the now slightly more sultry host was ready to welcome guests.

To get the mostly female audience revved up, we started with the guys in some VERY nude looks in the students’ interpretations of luxe lounge wear. Needless to say, we didn’t need to add much there – just a touch of shea-based body oil. They took the runway while we made a mad dash finishing the quick boudoir looks on our female models.

So, what – you may ask – is a “boudoir look” when you’re talking makeup? In my experience, regular rules end up getting tossed aside. You either go with very strong eyes AND lips – no focusing on one or the other here…or simply nude and glossy.

If you’re going for the former, bright lip stains like Jane Iredale’s Lip Fixation allow you to get that strong lip look in an instant that won’t budge, as well.

Then, line your eye with contrasting eye glosses in pots from Kevin Aucoin. You can get that Kate Moss “slept-in” smoky eye simply by using your pinky finger, pressing over that line you made and smudging up and out. Both those products are available at About Faces Day Spa & Salon.

Want to take it a step further? After applying the above smoky eye gloss, you can dust a little of your favorite bright colored powder shadow over it. It’ll adhere to the gloss, making it really pop in the center of your lid. Unsure about what color? Just grab a shade close to the color of your outfit.

Although “nude and glossy” is fairly self-explanatory, this model from the show features my fav trick – using the clear sparkly version of the Kevyn Aucoin eye gloss and tapping on eyelids, cheekbones, lips, and décolleté. Then you can get on with your evening, letting the “real you” shine through!

Owen O'Donnell

Owen Michael O'Donnell is a 16-year cosmetic veteran based proudly in Baltimore. The busy makeup artist has worked everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue to Sephora (as a manager), as well as several salon/spa chains. His work has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Cosmo, Girl's Life, Baltimore Style, Health, Self, Baltimore Mag, as well as many commercials and fashion events. Owen is a regular fixture on Baltimore TV news, both on-camera and behind the scenes. He also guest teaches at local beauty schools and heads up a cosmetics program for cancer patients at a local hospital. The native Baltimorean has always thought of the city and its environs as a series of unique villages - each with its own panache and memorable characters. He’s always struck by how much style there is and frustrated with just how easy it is to miss if you don’t know where to look. Owen will be using his highly trained eye to focus on some of the latest fashion and beauty trends that he spots around town (and maybe even giving us the skinny on how to achieve those looks ourselves!)