Soft, Natural, And Powerful Beauty, Backstage At Stella McCartney
Bold lips and smoky eyes don’t tend to make appearances at Stella McCartney’s shows. The designer is more likely to direct her hair and makeup teams to keep it natural, clean, and subdued. Yesterday’s Resort presentation in New York was no different, although Stella added another adjective—”powerful”—when talking makeup with face painter Luc Bouchard. “But in a natural way,” Bouchard clarified. After creating a base with MAC Cosmetics’ forthcoming Match Master foundation (“you can see through it!” he effused of the fall launch’s uncanny ability to provide translucent coverage), he scrawled a precise black cat eye onto models’ upper lash lines, using an angled brush dipped into MAC Chromaline in Black Black. A few lashings of its X Mascara and a light application of MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink finished the face.
Hair was kept “soft and natural with a little bit of movement,” courtesy of Bumble and bumble stylist Travis Speck. “The texture isn’t too perfect or shiny,” Speck pointed out, coating strands with Bb Prep lotion and “a lot” of its Thickening Spray before spritzing a mist of Bb Surf Spray and rough-drying. To add a “bend, not a curl” to mid-lengths, Speck used a large-barrel curling iron and then fashioned an off-center middle part so that hair cascaded past models’ shoulders on each side.
Photo: Orrie King