Today’s blog is from Celebrity Makeup Artist Virginia Linzee and Celebrity Stylist Lo VonRumpf. Mary Kay recently partnered with them for the latest looks in People StyleWatch and People en Español now on stands. This month’s look is “Velvet Luxe” as advertised in the October issue of People StyleWatch magazine. We sat down with Virginia and Lo to find out more about how they created this look. 

VelvetLuxeHow did you come up with this look? What inspired you?

LVR: I always like to pick a staple fabric/ textile as my focus for the new year. Once I select a fabric that is cohesive with the feel of the season, I use it as a foundation to build that season’s wardrobe when styling clients. The opulent feel of velvet is the perfect transition from light linens and silks from spring and summer to heavier fabrics in fall and winter. Velvet has a retro feel and definitely was a staple piece in the 90’s as a big fashion trend. This all plays a part in my inspiration board leading into 2014 winter. The 90’s had innovative trends and some of biggest fashion designers emerged at that time. I love that time in styling. The fashion, style and bold looks shaped a lot of my perspective. I love taking a trend I was once inspired by and reinventing it to make it fresh and new. It was refreshing for me to see a revival of the velvet trend this year during NYC and London fashion week. Velvet is definitely here to stay.

VL: I love velvet and find it to be very romantic and mysterious. The purple jewel tones were very inspiring. They have a richness and depth to them that compliments the velvet texture so well. A smoky eye is mysterious and the violet eye shadow colors are very romantic. I also thought a soft blush and rosy lip add a feminine touch as well. It just so happens we saw lots of plums and violets on the runway too, so it is perfectly on trend.


Why did you choose these Mary Kay products?

VL: Really for the reasons above. The violet toned eye shadows because they are on trend for fall and went beautifully with the clothes that Lo selected. The blush I chose because it was soft and feminine, but did not clash with the smoky eye. Same with the lip.


accessoriesWhat’s the best way to achieve this look?

VL: Start with perfect skin that is luminous. The Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Facial Highlighting pen are a great place to start. Apply Sheer Bliss Cream Blush to apples of cheeks and blend with fingers. Next, you definitely need the smoky plum eye. Start with the Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm as a base and apply on lid with finger or the Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush. Use the Eye Crease Brush to apply Driftwood in the crease and outer corner of the eye. Use the Eye Smudger Brush to blend a lot of Sweet Plum Mineral Eye Color on the lash line. Apply lots of Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara in I ♥ Black on top and bottom lashes and lastly, tap on True Dimensions® Lipstick in Natural Beauté.

LVR: Designers have gone all out with luxe fabrics bringing velvet dresses, shirts and even winter coats into their collections. Wear a sleek velvet cocktail dress with a pair of your favorite pumps, or invest in a beautiful fall coat with velvet accents. Possibilities are endless with this trend. Pants, a jacket, tops, sophisticated blazers and even accessories all look chic and will keep you on trend with the season. A simple clutch or handbag with velvet detail automatically adds texture and dimension to your look.


What’s one must-have Mary Kay® product that will help you rock this trend?

VL: Hard to say one. Can I say two? Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm and Sweet Plum Mineral Eye Color.


velvetluxe-cocktail-dressWhat are the best places to wear this look?

LVR: It’s a great material to wear to a holiday party to make you feel both chic and festive. I have styled the velvet trend as the staple piece when going out for an evening on the town. There is definitely a sense of glamour and a luxurious feel when wearing it, so the best time to showcase is at a cocktail party, dinner date or holiday event.