NYFW: Backstage at Joy Cioci

Before going backstage at Joy Cioci, I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I’m a huge fan of NARS and I was thrilled to score an interview with Uzo, NARS international lead makeup stylist.

The chaos backstage is incredible. With all the makeup stylists, nail artists, hairstylists, media peeps, and models, all I could think was how in the world do they stay organized?!

The collection for Joy Cioci is posh and sophisticated (two words so many people use to describe Washington). “I wanted the makeup to mirror that vibe: sophisticated smoky taupe-y grey eyes with playful hints of sparkly nude-pink on the cheek and lips,” she says. The look was smoky with a fresh face.

NARS international lead makeup stylist Uzo in action

The secret? Black liner wasn’t used. Yes, you read that right. “We didn’t want to make it too deep and mysterious, we wanted to keep it fun and flirty.”

Uzo also dished about NARS’ newest product (coming this fall!). “Now we have ‘Undress Me Multiple,’ a pinky-beige with flecks of silver, a must-have for the makeup wardrobe,” she notes.

And voila! The final look:

A smoky fresh face, created by NARS.

The ingredients:

For the skin— Copacabana Illuminator, Orgasm Illuminator and Undress Me Multiple (coming out this fall)

For the eyes— Corfu single eyeshadow, Portobello Duo Eyeshadow, Key Largo Duo Eyeshadow, Cordura Duo Eyeshadow, Madison Ave Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

For the lips— Belle de Jour Sheer Lipstick, Madere Pure Matte Lipstick, Turkish Delight Lip Gloss

All NARS products are available here.

To achieve this look at home Uzo urges NARS girls to layer. “First and foremost, you need a cream shadow to place a powder shadow on top. Our eyeshadows are super easy to use when blending.”

Another new product for NARS, something I already know I need to get my hands on ASAP, is their Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer (think sun protection benefits, all natural ingredients derived from plants and island lagoons, sheer and soft to touch… OK, I could go on forever about this, so I’ll save that for a later post).

Joy Cioci F/W 2012