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August 20 2014

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Phillip Lim Hearts Tao Okamoto (And Her Haircut)

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If you experienced a bit of déjà vu every time a new model emerged at Phillip Lim yesterday, the sensation was intentional. Inspired by model Tao Okamoto’s personal style, Lim had the newcomer open his show and insisted that hairstylist Odile Gilbert mimic her cropped bob backstage with a series of uniformly cut, multicolored wigs. NARS Cosmetics’ Ayako was given a similar task, although her direction began and ended with one word: lashes. “Lashes, lashes, lashes. Not literally sixties, though. Ayako-fied lashes,” were the words Lim scrawled on the visual images he sent to the makeup artist before the show. “We’re applying mascara only on the lower lashes,” she explained, so as not to detract from the wigs’ fringe and to emphasize a different part of the eye. Using NARS new lengthening mascara (due out in the fall), she elongated individual lashes, including a few glued on to the outer corners for extra impact. A nude glitter pencil lined the lower lash line, topped off with the pink and gold metallic colors from NARS’ Silkroad eye-shadow duo (also new for fall), so that it looked as if the girls were crying glitter tears. She then drew lash lines onto the skin, sort of like those painted onto a doll, to simulate spider-y shadows. The skin was kept matte with NARS Sheer Foundation and lips were taken down with concealer and translucent powder so that they appeared “edgy and strong.” In real life, where stark intensity doesn’t always translate, Ayako mentioned that a nude lipstick would complete the picture just as well.

Photo: Greg Kessler

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