Karen Walker @ Marr Factory Backstage

This year’s Marr Factory kicked off at Auckland’s Golden Dawn last night, with a showing of Karen Walker’s spring/summer 2014 collection. MiNDFOOD went backstage to get the lowdown on the hair and make-up created.

“The Karen Walker girl is really natural and not to done,” says Jason Chong Li, part of the Stephen Marr team who created the hair for the show led by Tommy Stayton. “We’ve done a low ponytail that almost looks like the girls have done it themselves, but we folded half of it under. For those with naturally wavy texture, we put the hair straight into the ponytail, but for the girls with straight hair we sprayed some of O&M’s Surf Bomb in first and blow dried it before putting it up.”
Key product: Original&Mineral Surf Bomb




“We referenced the make-up for Karen’s New York show, and created a streamlined graphic liner to look almost triangular,” says Kiekie Stanners, national artist for M.A.C Cosmetics New Zealand. “The skin was kept relaxed with a nice matte canvas and soft peachy cheeks, and we pressed the lipstick in to look like a tint.”
Key M.A.C products: Black Track liner, So Chaud lipstick, Extended Play Lash mascara



All photography by Olivia Hemus

Armani Prive Couture Beauty


Cantello went for a monochromatic approach that focused on pale natural skin with accented black. “Elongated and blackened eyes give an air of mystery, finished by a transparent blackened nude lip,” explained Cantello backstage.


– Prepare the skin with Armani Crema Nera Extrema Face Serum, Crema Nera Extrema Eye Serum, and Crema Nera Extrema Eye Compact
– To even skintone, follow with either Armani Luminessence BB or CC cream depending on level of correction needed
– Add a few drops of Maestro Winter Glow in shade 0 to your foundation to give your skin a pearlescent finish
– Apply Armani Eye&Brow Maestro (on counter from September 2014) in “jet black” close to the lashes in a thick line, keeping the edge straight at the outer corner of the eye, and blend for a smudged effect
– Finish with black mascara and a thin layer of Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 201 mixed with a touch of Armani Eye&Brow Maestro in “jet black”