August 23 2014

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A Little Bit Cancan, A Little Bit Rock ‘N’ Roll, Backstage At JPG


To render Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture beauty look properly “punk,” as was the call from the designer today (a similar dictate to his Joan Jett-inspired RTW show in October, for those of you counting), face painter extraordinaire Tom Pecheux let the hair do most of the talking. Pecheux stuck to classic Parisian makeup codes updated with what he called “a little twist.” The classic black liquid cat-eye was there, but it didn’t reach all the way to the inner corners of models’ eyes and was kicked out higher—toward the brow bone—on the outer corners for a look he described as “chic” and “aggressive.” Skin was prepped with Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Finisher, and cheeks were given a bit of contour. But the real focus was on very red lips courtesy of a mix of pigments including MAC lipstick in Russian Red. “Some people like to travel with a lot of suitcases of makeup; for me, the vanity has to fit on my scooter,” says Pecheux, who, had he not become a star makeup artist, may well have become a pastry chef. “I like to cook, I like to mix products—it’s the most exciting thing I can do. Not only to create makeup on the face, but also makeup products. You’re creating something that doesn’t exist yet.” As for that hair, under Odile Gilbert’s guidance, mohawks mixed with cornrows and pin curls, with a few feather accents thrown in for good measure. “It’s a little punk, a little French cancan, but mostly it’s about elegance—and savoir-faire!”

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  1. jullyanne says:

    This is the future, conventional pretty is so ‘old’. This look can be streeted by just leaving off the hairpieces. Watch where you start the eyeliner, it can make you look crosseyed if not exactly right.

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