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The end of summer signals the start of Global Fashion Week, beginning with the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week! And so far the weather has been really good, so there are no limits to what people can wear! I love people watching at this time of year!

Yesterday, I went backstage at the fashion designer Harbison’s show. The makeup was sponsored by AJ Crimson Beauty, Beauty Blender and the hair was by Federic Fekkai. Key makeup artist was Edward Cruz! The location was gorgeous! Milk Studios with the Hudson River, New Jersey and the Meatpacking District as the backdrop!

So two of AJ Crimson’s products were featured here, his Dual Skin Crème Foundation, which is a buildable, HD compliant, waterproof foundation and his brand new Banana Crème in the Pro Pan form.

Look at that colour range! Especially the deepest shade!

Think the famous Banana Powder without the starkness, dryness and settling, especially on deeper skintones. The product is very creamy and similar in texture with his Dual Skin Foundation.

Banana Creme on the left in pan form

I was pleased to see such a diverse array of skintones and AJ’s line worked quite well from the palest to the deepest.

Key makeup artist was Edward Cruz and he was kind enough to chat with me after he demoed the look. Talk about being so genuine and nice!

Key Makeup Artist Edward Cruz


Face chart

His inspiration was also quite interesting! He drew from 90s Aliyah and Erykah Badu when she did that campaign when she wore that gorgeous deep fuschia shadow all over the lid. The look was made for the busy, modern confident NY woman, who did not have much time to fuss with a complex look, but still wanted to enhance her gorgeous. It’s all about that flawless, dewy skin with a very natural shimmer free highlight on the high planes of the face and neck (no Kim K super brightness here!) and a pop of colour on the lid. The Banana Crème was applied after the skin was well moisturized using a light hand and a duo fibre brush along the top of the cheekbones, under the eye, T-zone and the clavicle. Over that the foundation was layered thinly and gently until it was built up to the needed coverage. Again using a duo fibre brush or Beauty Blender. The skin was so smooth and looked like skin. Very natural looking! And the highlight worked quite well on all the girls without looking dry or heavy and as if they were born that way. A creamy orange pigment was used all over the lid (concentrated at the lashline) and a light application of mascara on the upper and lower lashes.

I loved the simplicity of the look!

The final look!


Check out some pictures below. Tag any of the models or makeup artists!

Mid look….

Makeup station with Beauty Blenders!


AJ Crimson with Edward Cruz

Gorgeous skin and hair!

The Harbison Show!! Image courtesy of Harbison Tumblr

Harbison SS15