Backstage At Matthew Williamson, Grunge Gets An Update From Babs
As previously mentioned on this blog, early-nineties makeup has been ruling the runways from New York to London. At Matthew Williamson’s show last night, makeup artist James Kaliardos managed to skirt the line between intentionally undone and beautifully, barely there using—get this—an arsenal of drugstore products. Kaliardos’ “five-minute face,” as he called it, was inspired by Kim Noorda’s flawless skin and began with L’Oréal’s Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer, which he applied for pore minimizing and shine control. To create what he dubbed the “scaffolding,” i.e., the base of the look, Kaliardos dotted a pale shade of L’Oréal’s True Match Touche Magique on the nose and center of the forehead to naturally highlight the allover coverage he built using L’Oréal’s High Definition Smoothing Foundation. Reaching for a deeper shade of the complexion-correcting product (which comes equipped with a built-in brush), he contoured cheekbones and shaded the temples. In an interesting turn of events, models’ eyes were then given structure with a nod to Barbra Streisand—a non-grunge-era heroine if we’ve ever heard of one. Kaliardos skipped the liner and instead grabbed L’Oréal’s Pro Eye Shadow trio in Grey Obsession, which he used to draw a long straight line just above the crease that he pulled past the outer corners. Singing the praises of multitasking products, Kaliardos finished the look with an eye shadow-turned-highlighter on cheeks and the inner corners of the eye and utilized a pink-hued primer to take away sallowness and inject an aura of overall health. The nineties were there, sure, but in a much more fresh-faced, less angsty, Funny Girl kind of way.