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At Malandrino, A Tribute To Women Of The World

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“It’s a very ethnic collection,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux said about Catherine Malandrino’s Spring presentation yesterday, and he wasn’t kidding. As our fashion reporters noted, Malandrino chose four distinct regions from which to draw inspiration, and corresponding beauty schemes were designed for each. Pecheux had it easy, though. He was charged with one globe-spanning look, which consisted of a smudged eye—created by jostling wet, freshly applied mascara against the eyelid—a simulated sunburnt cheek from a few finger swipes of MAC Pro Sculpting Powder, and a minimal matte, brick red lip achieved with MAC Lip Pencil in Chestnut. Slightly more complex was Bumble and Bumble’s Laurent Philippon’s assignment to execute four entirely different hairstyles. And so to the Sudanese clanswomen went the cornrows-cum-pompadour, in which hair was prepped with Bb Tonic Lotion for shiny pliability, divided into sections, and twisted toward the top of the head before being gathered and rolled into a faux-hawk. Peruvian tribe members got a middle part with two French braids that were sewed together at the bottom for the illusion of fluidity. The Saharan nomads sported hair turbans, crafted with a hefty helping of Bb Surf Spray for a gritty matte texture and Hair Powder to further the illusion of flecks of desert sand. And the Polynesian natives wore classic long waves that were set with two Pippi Longstocking braids before being finger-combed for flow and definition. Philippon mentioned that this was his first collaboration with Malandrino, and judging by his handiwork, it won’t be his last.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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