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“Glistening Beauty” Backstage at Catherine Malandrino Resort

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“With Catherine, it’s always about the girl,” MAC Cosmetics director of makeup artistry Bianca Alexander told us backstage at Catherine Malandrino’s Resort presentation last night at MoMA. For anyone not familiar with Ms. Malandrino’s handiwork, that girl is usually super-chic, with an urban edge. “This is not the beginning of the party, this is the end of the night,” Alexander explained of the inspiration for the dark, wet, emollient eye she built working MAC’s Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline throughout the lash line. To simulate the way eye makeup may, um, evolve as any good soirée rages on, Alexander dragged MAC Pro Paint Stick in black into an elongated shape toward the temple before adding a slight cheek contour with a blend of two MAC Pro Cream Colour Bases in Root and Mid-tone Sepia.


 
“Empowering women” and “glistening beauty” were the words Malandrino gave hairstylist Harry Josh, who found himself in something of a quandary trying to create a structured style that still retained softness, wetness, and movement. “I didn’t want it to look like a helmet or a wet droopy noodle,” Josh joked of the predicament, which he resolved with a secret ingredient: castor oil. After raking a healthy portion of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Mousse through models’ hair and using a coloring brush to paint its Root Awakening Gel onto the sides only, Josh used a curling iron to create haphazard texture. Then he brushed out the newly formed waves and reached for the all-purpose oil, which he finger-combed through the hair for a sleek, not sticky, finish. The empowered and glistening Mary J. Blige—who walked the runway with Malandrino in support of her charity, FFAWN—was no doubt pleased.

Photo Dario Cantatore / Getty Images

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