Beauty Secrets from Scottsdale Fashion Week Revealed!


At last week’s Michael Costello show to kick off Scottsdale Fashion Week, we were not only in awe of the show-stopping gowns, but also the beauty of the models sashaying down the runway. Their dramatic, come-hither look was created by uber-talented celebrity makeup artist Diane Aiello and her team of glam goddesses, Glam Lounge Artists. We were lucky enough to catch up with Diane after the show, so she could share her inside tips on how to get the look we saw on the runway.

Photo Above: Diane preps FORD/Robert Black model Rachel Mortenson for the show. Photo by Mom Style Lab

MSL: What was the inspiration behind the look for the models?
I was so thrilled that my team and I had the opportunity to work with Michael Costello on this show. The inspiration behind the collection itself and the models’  hair and makeup was “Brigitte Bardot made modern” with added glamorous touches.

DianeAiello_makeup_SFWxSeanPatrick_17Photo Credit: Sean Patrick Photography

MSL: How did your team achieve the look?

Step 1. Skin prep is key.
First, we prepped the skin with Circadia Skin Care by Dr Pugliese. We started by using the Blueberry & White Tea Hydrating Mist to freshen the skin, then we smoothed on AquaPorin Hydrating Cream and Emergency Eye Lift to hydrate and create the perfect surface for foundation. Michael likes full-coverage foundation, but healthy glowing skin, and these products helped us achieve that.


scottsdale-fashion-week-behind-the-scenes-with-glam-lounge-artists-brad-olson-photoPhoto Credit: Brad Olson Photography

Step 2. The eyes have it.
This was one of the most dramatic and gorgeous eye makeup looks I’ve done for the runway. The eyes were very black, dark and dramatic so, to avoid fall out on top of the other makeup, we started with the eyes first. Using Claudio Riaz Instant Liner 1 with a damp brush, we filled in from the lash line to crease and again underneath the lower lash line and inside the waterline,  followed by Pop Culture Shade 1 on top from the lash line to crease and along the lower lash line. These were slightly blended using the shadow blender brush. Claudio is famous for his brushes. Not only are they luxurious, but they are the most efficient brushes and help us to do our job flawlessly. On the inner corners we used the white and silver shimmers from the Claudio Riaz Instant Smokey Eye Palette. Instant mascara was brushed on lashes and brows were brushed into place. Just before show time, we added Pop Culture Shimmer 6 to create a black diamond effect on the lids — Michael wanted pure glamour and this was perfect.

Step 3. Get ready for your close-up.
Next came the face. We smoothed on Claudio Riaz Instant Foundation and Instant Concealer with our fingertips and blended with the Complexion Blender brush to create a smooth finish.  We followed that with the Instant Face Palette number 2 or 3 depending on the skin tone. The matte bronzer from each palette was used to lightly contour cheekbones, chin and forehead, followed by thin layers of Instant Radiance on the top of the cheekbones to add a beautiful glow to the skin. A pop of Instant Flush was added to the apples of the cheeks to lend a healthy look under the runway lights.

Step 4. Finish with lush lips.
Rather than classic Bardot lipstick of the ’60s, we went with a beige-nude color using Claudio Riaz Instant Pout 1. For darker complexions we added a hint of Instant Pout 5 (a pretty peach tone) to add dimension and keep the color from being too light.

The resulting look was so head turning and sexy!!



Glam Lounge Artists at work. Photo Credit: Brad Olson Photography

MSL: How can we get this sexy look at home, but without looking over-the-top?
To transition this look from runway to reality, you could easily use the Claudio Riaz Pop Culture Shade 1 on the top lid and blend in a combination of white and silver shades from the Smokey Eye Palette to soften. And by applying the Instant Liner 1 tighter around the top and bottom lash, it gives a softer more approachable look. For nighttime, you could add the Pop Culture Shimmer sparingly just on the center of lid.

For the face, the only adjustment needed would be to use slightly more of the Instant Flush, just as you would your regular blush, and then brush over a swipe of the Instant Radiance and blend.

On lips, I recommend using a neutral lip pencil over the lips and blending well before adding the gloss.


Photo Credit: Brad Olson Photography

MSL: Where can we find the products you used?
The Claudio Riaz products are available at or Circadia Skin Care by Dr Pugliese is available in Arizona at Karrma Salon and Day Spa or on Amazon if you’re not local.

Thank you for sharing, Diane! We’re all over this gorgeous look for our next night out. Love!  Don’t want to do it yourself? You can call Glam Lounge Artists at 602.882.5663 and they will come get you date night ready.

What do you think? Will you try the look for your next night out?

To see the final looks, read our post about the Michael Costello show.

scottsdale-fashion-week-michael-costello-couturePhoto Credit: Mom Style Lab


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