Marissa Webb Calls In the Beauty Big Guns
Though it may have been her first solo outing at New York fashion week, former J.Crew designer Marissa Webb’s Spring show was one of the hottest tickets in town for anyone (read: everyone) who has fallen hard for the catalog mainstay’s renewed style sensibility over the past few seasons. This, it seems, was not lost on Webb, who packed plenty of backstage firepower to make sure her feminine, modern-day woman was fully realized from well-coiffed head to toe—including legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown. “The clothes speak for themselves, so the makeup really just complements the girls,” Brown explained, using a dusting of her new-for-spring, ultra-lightweight Retouching Powder topped with the forthcoming Antigua Bronzer to achieve “glowing, beautiful” skin. “I want to market it as ‘rock star’ bronzer because I use it at every show,” she joked of the sun-kissed pigment that she actually created for her rabbi’s daughter, who has very, very pale skin, she revealed (fun fact). Eyes were kept soft and smoky, courtesy of Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Bark, while lashes were defined with black mascara and lips were treated to a slick of the as-yet-unreleased Sheer Lip Color in Peachy.
“It feels like a real girl who lives in New York and has great style,” hairstylist Michael Angelo of Wonderland Beauty Parlor elaborated—or “basically how my girlfriends wear their hair on Sunday morning for brunch.” A requisite loose and effortless ponytail prepped with Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray followed, amplified with a little back-combed volume at the crown and finished with a strand of hair wrapped around the elastic for good measure. “There will absolutely be women who can wear this and feel beautiful,” he added—much like the majority of Webb’s collection.
Photo: Scott MacDougall