Backstage Beauty: Noon by Noor Fall 2014

Sophisticated with a dash of rebellion sums up the Noon by Noor girl as well as the beauty look that strutted its way down the catwalk. MAC makeup artist Neil Young paints a classically beautiful makeup look—illuminated, flawless-looking skin accented by a bold pout— but adds a twist (more on that later). He perfects the skin with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer used as foundation because it “doesn’t need to be powdered.” Next he mixes gray and taupe cream shadows (Toasted and Gray Matter, both part of MAC Fall 2014 Trend Palette, available this fall) and tops them with MAC Glass Texture to help the eyelids really reflect light. For a touch of glow, he dabs Glass Texture on cheekbones as well. Young mixes a cabernet lip color base by mixing together MAC Lip Pencil in Vino with MAC Lipstick in Smoked Purple and Flat Out Fabulous. The key to creating a perfectly precise bold lip is “a million Q-tips and cleanser,” Young shares. Here’s where that twist comes into play: To add a “punky tone and texture,” Young dusts the center of the mouth with an ultraviolet powder (MAC Pigment Powder in Hi-Def Cyan).

In the spirit of classic meets edgy, the nails at Noon by Noor don elegant negative space nail art. Zoya creative director Rebecca Isa explains that nails receive base coat and that nail art favorite: binder reinforcement rings. After coating digits in a deep red hue (Zoya Nail Polish in Norra) and letting the polish dry, the reinforcement rings removed leaving the half-moon beautifully bare. The naked half moon really “elongates the fingers,” Isa explains, making this a great go-to look for those with shorter fingers or smaller nail beds.

To complete the overall look for the show, hairstylist Jorge Luis whips strands into a ponytail, but just like the makeup and nails, a twist is involved to shake up this classic style. After spritzing Privé Finishing Texture Spray on dry hair, Luis slicks it back into a low ponytail and wraps a section of hair around the elastic to conceal it. Rather than keep the lengths languid, he backcombs the ponytail to roughen up the texture. “It’s not your aunt’s ponytail,” he shares. —Kristen Oldham Giordani

[Photos courtesy of Zoya; Kristen Oldham Giordani]

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