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July 13 2014

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Pretty In Pink

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Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez this week, makeup artist Dick Page chose to go without mascara. When a stunned journalist asked him why—”everyone needs mascara!” she exclaimed—Page disagreed. “I don’t really get it,” he said. “I think blusher is way more important. If you’re at death’s door, a little bit will get you through the interview.” And he’s not the only one of this opinion. Hefty helpings of true pink blush—and in some cases a corresponding pink eye and lip to go with it—might be the Spring makeup story to come out of New York fashion week. Lancôme artistic director for makeup Aaron De Mey’s version of the monochromatic look backstage at L’Wren Scott yesterday was possibly its most beautiful outing. Working with Scott’s collection of sheath dresses in shades of dusty pink, deep rose, soft pink, and beige, De Mey chose Lancôme Color Design Blush in Pret-a-Plum and dabbed it onto the apples of models’ cheeks, working upward toward the temple. “L’Wren wanted very matte, powdery skin,” he explained, so his pinks went onto a velvety base that recalled the Edwardian era from which Scott drew inspiration for her designs. The pièce de résistance of De Mey’s handiwork, however, was the lip he built with Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Berry Noir topped off with a coating of its Color Fever Gloss in Molten, which provided a bee-stung effect with a glassy finish. As a naughty aside, manicurist Yuna Park painted the nails in Lancôme’s Untamed Plum, a blackened aubergine shade that will debut with its Holiday collection in November. (Word on the street is that the lacquers that premiere at Scott’s show tend to sell out upon release, so keep an eye out for this one.)

Photo: Greg Kessler

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