Modeling since the age of 15, Natalie Lim Suarez has been a notable figure in the fashion industry for years. Based in NYC, she is 1/2 Chinese, 1/4 Spanish, and 1/4 Mexican. With her passion for photography, creative direction, design, music, writing, modeling, and style, NATALIE OFF DUTY was born. Completely inspired by the "model off duty" on-the-go lifestyle. Sharing her stories, inspirations, and projects through her own photography and writing. Already noted for her winning fans in Harper's Bazaar UK, featured editorials in ELLE, and WWD for her "Good Taste." Along with campaigns and ambassadorships to top fashion and beauty brands from around the world. Some including COACH, DKNY, L'oreal Paris, Saks 5th Avenue, Sunglass Hut, Levis, and Nordstrom. Her eclectic, unique style has launched many successful design collaborations sold in top retailers around the world. Next to fashion, Natalie's other passion is music. Singing along with piano/guitar continue to pop up in her upcoming fashion campaigns.
There you have it, Natalie without the bangs. Classic wet hair, pulled back, and bold brow. But today’s focus isn’t about Baywatch…it’s about feeling the part, without all that damage to your skin under those harsh rays. No matter how much I love the sun, I still wrap my head up in a scarf when I’m laying out by the pool with a gigantic bottle of sunblock in hand. The only thing we can do is protect our skin and renew it. There are still so many beaches I’ve yet to visit…which means more products to stuff in my suitcase.
Come spring, I’m all about monochromatic looks. I’m all about playing with glosses and shimmers that are still neutral. That’s why I choose gold. For some reason, this look reminds me of JLO back in the 90’s. Big hoop earrings and sparkling lips…just without all the lipliner.
Soleil is calling my name. The word alone makes me want to bust a move. Speak of which, the Tom Ford Soleilbeauty collection is stunning. Everything from the shimmering tones to it’s stunning white packaging. You can tell I’m all about the red/orange lip (this one is Tom Ford’s NEOTROPIC). But yes, this little beauty collection has me thinking of summer. Coachella. Festivals. Hawaii. Days spent under the sun by the pool and nights driving through the desert. I’ve got tons of travel coming up which will allow me to bust out the full-on Hawaiian prints and coconut shells. Here is a city version of my idea of summer. Bold pink sunglasses. A popping bright lip. Blushing pink cheeks. Cropped Marni jackets. Bags that double as a pets. Little suede skirts. Only thing missing is the ocean and a good book. I’ve got one word for you and say it with me: soleil.
It’s backstage at the shows, and when I’m getting my makeup done by the professionals that I get most inspired. Inspired to dig my own hands in the beauty department and experiment with some of the absolute best products out there. Shimmer. Purples. Pinks. Redish black eyeliners, that I didn’t even know existed. All things that shouldn’t be so scary to play with. For my first day of shows, I wanted something super rock n’ roll. I asked my makeup artist, “hmm, what would look incredible with a full sequined blue pant suit?” A sexy, dark eye of course! Done. Of course I arrived backstage at Alexander Wang just moments before show time, but easily revamped my look in the chair within 5 minutes. A super easy shimmered shadow and velvet matte bold lip. Sure it sounds simple enough, but swoon-worthy makeup starts with amazing, quality products. Here, I worked with NARS in mastering stunning, statement looks during fashion week.
Look #1: Easiest way to bring out the colors in your eyes? Black kohl liner. NARS to be specific. Smudged to perfection. It’s fantastic for us green eyed girls. Keep the rest clean and fresh, with a swipe of pale pink lip gloss. Gloss always does the trick when completing a sexy eye look. Oh, and don’t forget to go crazy with the mascara. You’re allowed to here!
*Makeup by Jenny Atwood Smith at NARS*
Look #2: A pale shadow with a really bold lip. I am in love with NARS’s velvet lip matte lip pencils. This one is in “Pussy Control.” It’s a gorgeous deep plum. It’s seriously all you need with a bare face. But if you do want a little something-something on your lids, do a little liner on your top lids with a swipe of pale pink eyeshadow. Done and done.