Spring Beauty Inspiration

Planet Botkier March 02, 2012

Spring is a perfect time to experiment with new beauty ideas. New season, new look, new you! This Spring we see some keys trends that are very wearable and easy to achieve. We polled our Botkier Babes here at the office to see what their favorite looks were and paired it with Monica’s photography to illustrate them. Which one will you be sporting?

Rosebud lips, so romantic! The soft rose color blends in beautifully on all skin tones, especially when paired with a similarly toned blush, as makeup artists were fond of doing at the shows. Go for a creamy lipstick, then pat it in with the fingers or blot with a tissue for a delicate stain. Photo of Manon von Gerkan by Monica Botkier.

Power Brows are the new shoulder pads of today! Feminine and striking, the look of bold brows dominated the runways, recalling sixties-era icons like Liz Taylor. The best examples are darkened with pigment, brushed up, and shaped with a dramatic, strong arch. Photo of Joy Bryant by Monica Botkier.

Doll Lashes. Whether curled or feathery, don’t be afraid to experiment. Long, dark and precise – more is more! Photo of Janelle by Monica Botkier.

Modern Cat Eyes. The familiar flick of liner returned to the outer corners of eyes but this time fashioned with inventive, even playful variations. Combine with a brilliant burst of bright color for a look all your own. Wow and we thought handbags were all about brights this season… Photo of Rachel Roberts by Monica Botkier.

Sporty Cheeks. Athleticism inspired the dewy, sun-splashed cheeks seen backstage. Makeup artists mimicked the effects of the being out in the sun by contouring the high parts of the face with lush peach bronze. Skin even seemed sunburned at some shows — but in this case, the illusion proved to be prettier than the real thing. Photo of Tereza by Monica Botkier.


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Q & A with Monica about Lake Bell for Oxfam

Planet Botkier March 18, 2011

What made you decide to collaborate with Lake Bell, and how does her style align with the Botkier aesthetic?

I am a huge Lake Bell fan. She’s a native New Yorker like me and we vibe on many levels. Lake has a fantastic aesthetic and her style is strong, effortlessly cool. Botkier is all about high design, function meets fashion. Lake really wanted to use beautiful browns and neutrals with sleek but quiet hardware, nothing too frilly! We both love seventies vintage and created this silhouette that is both fresh and classic.

Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the bag’s design?

Creatively we were in sync immediately. We talked about designing a bag that wasn’t too big, easily worn cross-body but also top handle, very seventies inspired. Vintage and modern that will look more beautiful the more you wear it. She really loved the idea of color blocking and this is totally on trend.

This is not the first time you’ve paired up with a celebrity to benefit Oxfam International. Past collaborations have included Michelle Trachtenberg, Minnie Driver, and Joy Bryant. What has made each collaboration special?

Each of these woman are incredibly talented and dynamic and want to give back. This Botkier x Oxfam collaboration is the perfect way to express ourselves creatively, work with people we respect while doing something good! Each of these celebs have a unique point of view and style that I really admire.

Why do you feel Oxfam International is an important organization to support?

Oxfam is a global reaching charity that fights poverty, focusing on women and environmental issues. Right now in particular I feel there is a need for outreach on this level. What’s unique about Oxfam is that their reach is so wide they are able to help people around the world at local levels.


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