• 10.29.13

    Michelle Coursey's Nylon Girl

    Michelle Coursey provided the makeup for Nylon's November-issue "Pony Party!" She remarked: "Wearing a ponytail means the face is more exposed, so it's the right time to play up a feature, be it the eyes or the lips."  

    Coursey picked the former, using NARS's eye paint in Snake Eyes. "I decided to do floating liner (the line across the lid) – it's a big trend for fall," she explained. "I was excited to do something graphic, but to balance it out, I kept the rest of the look clean ... which is more 'the Nylon girl,' who is super, super natural," knowledge gained after several shoots for the magazine. With her fingers, Coursey pressed on M.A.C. lipstick in Fanfare.

    Photographer: Jens Ingvarsson
    Stylist: Liz Rundbaken
    Hair: Mischa G. for Bumble and bumble 
    Model: Anja at Elite 

  • 9.17.13

    Michelle Coursey and Nicole Trunfio, Together in the Hamptons

    Michelle Coursey headed east for the August/September issue of Beach, lifestyle publisher Modern Luxury's Hamptons mag. She created the beauty look for the cover and "Splendor in the Grass," an editorial and Q&A featuring model Nicole Trunfio. 

    "It always starts with making skin appear the absolute best and going from there, and [Nicole] had very nice skin to begin with," remarked Coursey, who prefers to use airbrush makeup. "I've been doing it for eight years now – I enjoy the way it makes skin look, as do most of the people I work with, including Nicole." Coursey sticks to OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) and has known the company's founder, David Klasfeld, since its inception. "The makeup, which is really thin, goes into a small air compressor drop by drop, then you put a little gun on the top and spray it on," she explained. Colorescience Loose Mineral Illuminator in Pearl Powder gave Trufino a subtle glow.

    Otherwise, Coursey selected products to complement the outfits; however, she was met with an interesting hurdle – pairing eye makeup with glasses. "It's good to work with the color of the frame," Coursey advised. "For tortoiseshell, go with gold or brown. For black frames, you can go a bit bolder ... you shouldn't be afraid to put on a lot more because your eyes can get lost behind the lenses."

    Photographer: Justin Jay
    Stylist: Véronique Tristram
    Hair: Robert Mefford at Jed Root

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