July 31 2014

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Bare-Bones Glitz Backstage At DVF


Diane von Furstenberg named her Fall collection American Legends, which made makeup artist James Kaliardos think of glamorous fashion icons like Diana Vreeland and Gloria Vanderbilt. “It’s the kind of woman who always looks super put-together,” Kaliardos explained, but by eschewing foundation backstage, he was out to bring an accessible simplicity to the equation. “It’s like, Speed the plow. We’ve got to get the look on and get to the Met ball.” And what’s the easiest way to get “bare-bones” beauty that still packs some requisite glitz? Slap on a red lip and a subtle smoky eye, of course. Using MAC Cosmetics Keep Your Cool eye shadow—a metallic black pigment—Kaliardos dusted just the outer corners of models’ lids, adding a slightly elongated flick before curling lashes and coating them with mascara. He then turned his attention to brows, which were amply filled in, followed by lips that he lined in MAC’s Lip Pencil in Cherry and topped off with its forthcoming Lipstick in Runaway Red. Et voilà, super-iconic makeup made easy with an effortless, Orlando Pita-styled ponytail thrown in for good measure. Before models headed out onto the runway, Kaliardos had words with us about Fall’s ongoing bleached vs. full brows debate. “Kevyn [Aucoin] bleached everyone’s brows—and it’s a great look. But I think women look more intelligent and powerful with a brow. And that’s my thing. Brows make you look like a predator.” Grrrr.

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