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Vena Cava’s Bringing Makeup Back


We’re only a day into NYFW, but the bare-faced look that completely dominated the Fall runways may finally get some competition this Spring—makeup lovers, rejoice! Allow us to present exhibit A: the “late-seventies/early-eighties high glamour” that makeup artist Christian McCullough churned out at Vena Cava this morning. With Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface as his reference point, McCullough did something a little unexpected: “I’m bringing back heavy makeup for summer,” the face-painter said, describing his layered navy and bright coral color palette. ”It’s dangerously heading into Joan Collins territory, because it’s a full face,” he joked. (Editor’s note: We hold both Pfeiffer and Collins in the highest regard as beauty icons, so McCullough’s heavy-handed application was A-OK by us.) Eyes were covered with metallic navy MAC eye shadows in Contrast and Graphology, which McCullough dragged across lids and out into a winged tip toward the temples. With most girls sporting fuller, natural brows, only a slight etching of brow pencil was added to arches for definition. MAC lipstick in Morange and MAC Pro Amplified Creme lipstick in Neon Orange provided the bright pouts, while its Mineralize blush in Dainty, a pinkish gold, brought color onto the cheeks as well. With so much focus on the face, hairstylist Ted Gibson had little choice but to prep tresses with his Tame It Shine Lotion and pull them back into texturized low-slung chignons. Seeing as how Gibson is not one to be denied his own bit of flair, he incorporated a twisted head scarf into the mix to mimic the color-blocking Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai played with in their collection.

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