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August 30 2014

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All That Glitters Is Grunge, Backstage at Vena Cava

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Glitter. We’ve spent a fair bit of time talking about it on this blog—both the good and more often than not, the not so good. And there it was again—lots of it—backstage at Vena Cava this morning. “It’s a bitch,” makeup artist Christian McCullough admitted of the mélange of MAC products (Pro Pigment in Silver, Reflects Purple Duo, and Glitter in 3-D Silver) he was painting onto a primer of Mixing Medium Shine, which he had brushed all over models’ eyelids. Concentrating on a “messy shape,” McCullough added layers of sparkles, pointing out that one was simply not enough. “This won’t show up on the runway,” he said as he piled on more for a slightly androgynous look that was rounded out by MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink and its dark nude Lip Pencil in Subculture. “It’s so 15 years ago,” McCullough continued of Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock’s inspiration, which drew from grunge’s glam-rock heroes, like Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey. Fittingly, Ted Gibson for Beauty.com was creating nineties-era hair. “We’re scrunching, of all things,” Gibson exclaimed as he prepped tresses with a mixture of his Tame It Shine Lotion and Fix It Gel, before applying heat and creating a crimped texture with his hands. For those of you seated in the front row who may have gotten a lapful of flecks, McCullough offered up this insider tip for removing the shimmering “little bits” from skin and clothes: masking tape.

Photo: Joe Corrigan / Stringer/ Getty Images

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