How To Get The Face Of An Angel, The 2010 Edition
With Katy Perry as the evening’s entertainment, backstage beauty inspiration at last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was a no-brainer: “It’s California girls,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux said (make that gurls for the Perry acolytes out there). “Very healthy, very glowy—very Victoria’s Secret,” Pecheux went on about the faces he was painting, which were heavy on the bronze and the contours. “We’re avoiding any pink,” he explained, prepping skin with VS Makeup PRO Airbrush FX Face Primer to create a canvas for its Soft Focus Liquid Foundation. A combination of its Bronzer/Highlighter Trio in Goddess and the two darkest shades of its Eye Contact Quad provided the models’ sun-kissed glow. Pecheux dragged the gilded pigments across cheekbones, under the eye, and up to the bridge of the nose to centralize warmth and simulate the effect of a sunglass tan. “It’s very healthy—no tricks,” he summed up of the look, save for one piece of makeup magic: To get an added bit of luminosity, Pecheux brushed up eyebrows with VS Makeup Lip Gloss in Glow before dotting it across brow and cheekbones. Three coats of mascara plus fake lashes gave girls like Lily Donaldson and Constance Jablonski their otherworldliness, while patted-on applications of VS Makeup Matte Cream Lipstick in Icon (a soft red)—only in the center of models’ pouts—provided instantly plump puckers. Hairstylist Sam McKnight’s long, luxurious waves, which were given height with a healthy amount of Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Hold and Finish Hairspray, completed the look, which McKnight accurately described as “sex, sex, sex; shine, shine, shine.”
As for those scantily clad bodies, which required a fair bit of primping of their own, that was the domain of celebrity tanner Jimmy Coco. Coco, who made a career for himself pioneering the concept of mobile tanning, has bronzed all the greats: “Karolina Kurkova, Caroline Winberg, the Kardashians,” he told us over the roar of airbrush machines that were applying products from VS’ Beach Sexy line in makeshift stations behind long red velvet curtains. Coco actually pre-tanned most of the models on Monday and was simply touching them up backstage “so they don’t look two-toned,” he told us. “I call it Honey Glaze,” Coco said of the precise shade he was going for. “It’s a once-over and it kind of looks like the bronze color on a honey-glazed ham.” It’s a slippery slope from savory to sexy, turns out.