FYI: Marylloyd Claytor Dance Company; Sabika, Inc. show; hot new makeup trend

| Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 1:28 p.m.

Taking it to the street

The Marylloyd Claytor Dance Company is presenting “Urban Gurlz Go Downtown” from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at the August Wilson Center, Downtown. It is free for the first three hours, with a suggested donation of $25 for the final hour. There will be a multimedia installation of art and performance-art showing of costuming and fashion streetwear fiber art inspired by Josephine Baker, Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham. The 8 p.m. demonstration will feature models showcasing the Capricorn II fashion line. Details: 412-882-5509

Fashion show

Sabika, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based direct sales jewelry company by women for women is having a fashion show at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Strip District. The show will highlight spring and summer jewelry designs. Tickets are $50. Sabika is handmade in Europe and is sold in 47 states. Details:

How to try a makeup trend

Allure magazine gives some insight through an interview with Gucci Westman, a makeup artist and the global artistic director for Revlon. Westman has worked with Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

Make it real: Makeup that's done for the runway or a photo shoot is exaggerated to look good under powerful lights. The key is to adapt a single element. Lips are easiest. Try applying a new color with your fingers rather than a lip brush so it doesn't look painted-on. Eye trends are trickier, but a colored eye liner is an easy way to be adventurous.

Don't go retro: Avoid trends that reference the past two literally. Forties-shaped eyebrows are always going to look costume-y.

Be honest with yourself: A shade might be fashionable at the moment, but skip it if it clashes with your complexion. If you struggle with ruddiness, don't wear red shades that will magnify it. Fuchsias are more flattering because they have a blue base. Around the eyes, browns and purples tend to look great on everyone.

Get comfortable: A good way to get used to a trendy look is to wear it around the house. When you're ready to bring it out in the world, wait for dinner with friends as opposed to a day at the office — you're more likely to feel confident and get compliments.

Looking for fashionistas

Nominations are being accepted for the fourth year inductees into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame at Pittsburgh Fashion Week this fall. Nominate anyone with roots in Pittsburgh for the award who has impacted the city through fashion, style or beauty. Nominees must have at least 10 years in the industry. New this year is the “Exceptional Artist Award,” which will be given to an up-and-coming artisan. Both the fashion icons and artist will be honored at a luncheon on Sept. 29 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. Pittsburgh Fashion Week begins on Sept. 23. Deadline is Feb. 20. Submit via email at or Pittsburgh Fashion Week, P.O. Box 17947, Pittsburgh, PA 15235-7947.

Basic classics

Lucky magazine claims you will wear these basics again and again:

Clutch coat: It's indulgence No. 1. Try it in cashmere.

Slit-front skirt: Even if you wear it with a boxy top, it's beyond sultry.

Slouchy wide-leg pant: The most laid-back going-out pants ever.

Oversize motorcycle jacket: Big is big — and this rocker piece is proof.

Slim track pant: So versatile, your jeans will finally get a rest.

Shrunken suit: So much sexier, and still work appropriate.

Flared mini: The cutest balance for weighty winter wear.

Leather shell: It's your new T-shirt with major polish.

— Staff reports

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