A Minimal Moment Backstage At MaxMara
At its show this weekend, MaxMara did away with the decadence from a host of seventies revivals that have preceded it this season by embracing something altogether cleaner and leaner for Spring. And so it began backstage with makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who wanted to “erase all the flavors and features of the skin and create a tonal, beige face instead”—a departure in and of itself for a man who gave us lurid orange lids at Derek Lam and canary yellow ones at Peter Som in New York. To achieve the most barely-there of finishes, skin had to have a flawless base, which Pecheux created by massaging MAC’s Care Blend Essential Oils onto models’ faces to ensure a plumped, primed canvas before layering its Studio Sculpt Foundation and Studio Finish Concealer on top. Pecheux’s pared-down approach wasn’t completely devoid of excess, though; the face painter did his overindulging with copious amounts of MAC Invisible Set Powder, which he brushed on and buffed into skin, in a manner he likened to “polishing a car.” MAC’s Sculpt and Shape powder in Bone added a slight tinge of color to the otherwise monochrome palette, “to give a little volume so faces aren’t completely two-dimensional.” As a finishing touch, Pecheux slicked MAC’s Gloss Texture across lips and lids, combing it through lashes and brows as well for a uniform glisten on the catwalk. Hairstylist Luigi Murenu echoed Pecheux’s exercise in minimalism with deep side parts and sleek tresses that boasted “sharp, clean lines and understated luxury,” thanks to a flat iron and a coating of potent shine serum.