Candy Land Comes to Life! Chad Collaborates Once Again with Artist Will Cotton

Cockaigne, A live performance conceived of, designed and directed by Will Cotton and curated by Stacy Engman for Performa 11 at Prince George Ballroom

I was very excited to once again work with dear friend Will Cotton, and collaborate on the makeup looks for this fabulous evening of art, music dance and festivity. I have created many makeup looks for his paintings and many are featured in his new book, Will Cotton: Paintings and Works on Paper.

Dancers from New York City Ballet were dressed in custom cotton candy creations and set against a back drop of Cotton Candy Clouds. The live-action piece was performed in two acts – ACT I: Whipped Cream Duet for Two Violins and ACT II: Cotton Candy.

For the piece, we created an ethereal makeup look with pops of bright pink (Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain) on the cheeks, glistening silver-whites (Silver and White Shimmer Eye shadow mixed and applied with a wet brush all over the lid) and Pink Shimmer (Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow) as an accent paired with doe-eyed eyeliner (Aurora Crème Eye Definer). Lollipop was painted on the lips as a stain then a veil of Candy Cloud 9 Lip gloss (which tastes like Cotton Candy!) was layered over for a 3-D effect.

A signature Cotton Candy fragrance, “Whipped Cream” was created exclusively for the event by Pascal Gaurin for IFF.

Purchase our Sweetest Thing Collection here and take a look at a step-by-step tutorial to get the look here!


Color + Highlighter = Spring’s Pretty Dewy Cheeks

Dewy, flushed-from-within cheeks are the perfect beauty pick-me-up as we say goodbye to this dreary winter weather and welcome Spring sunshine! NYC Makeup Artist Marisa Fazzina says dew-ing it right is easy, no matter your skin type or age. Achieve the look of healthy, youthful cheeks with two key products: all it takes is Color + Highlighter to get glowing!

First, smile and apply one of our sheer and long-wearing lip & cheek stains to the apples of your cheeks: try our award-winning Lollipop shade if you’re cool and Poppy if you’re warm (Not sure if you’re Warm or Cool? Click here to find out!), then blend the color softly outward towards the temple.

To highlight, lightly tap Afterglow Shimmer Creme on the upper cheek bone and you’ve got a fool-proof natural glow! Marisa says, “Afterglow is subtle, not super sparkly – you can wear it to work and look like you’ve got the secret to healthy, dewy skin!”

At our Color Studio in New York City, Marisa often consults with women on how to achieve this look. Here are her key tips to dew-ing it right:

  • Use your fingers! The warmth from your hand will soften our our balmy lip & cheek stain. This formula is beautiful – the texture looks natural and really marries to the skin. The look is reflective and natural, as if it’s coming from within!
  • Smile! Everyone’s face shape is different. To find your best flush, smile and then blend outward. This Spring look is about keeping it soft and flushed, not stark or chiseled.
  • Get your glow on! Afterglow Shimmer Creme is beautifully light reflective, not sparkly. Aside from the upper cheekbone, try it on the inner corners of the eye or down the nose to brighten the complexion.
  • Ready to bump up the look for a night on the town? A trick we use at the Color Studio is to apply Champagne Eye Shadow as a shimmer powder on top of Afterglow – it’s not just for the eyes!