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April 20 2014

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Things Get Opulent Backstage At Jason Wu

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Makeup artist Tom Pecheux told us that metallics would be huge for Fall when we ran into him this morning, and they’ve already made two appearances today. The first was courtesy of Pecheux himself on cheeks and lips at Peter Som; the second came a few short hours later in the models’ hair at Jason Wu. “We are working on simplicity and elegance,” coiffing star Odile Gilbert said of her sleek updos, which featured a wide paintbrush-stroke of gold leaf pigment, designed to resemble a feather. Prepping hair with Aveda Smooth Infusions Style-Prep Smoother, Gilbert parted hair down the center before securing it in a ponytail above the nape of the neck with a clear elastic. Gathering the lengths, Gilbert twisted two sections together, folding them back into the base for a looped effect. “Jason was really inspired by the restoration of Versailles this season,” makeup artist Diane Kendal offered up as the reason behind Gilbert’s gilded hair streak and her own “rich, opulent eye,” which was the focus of the face. On clean skin, Kendal smudged MAC’s eye shadow in Smothered, a creamy blue pigment that’s new for Fall, across lids before blending it with MAC Through The Night eye shadow, a navy powder, on the inner and outer corners. Then, to add a bit of drama, she dragged its eye shadow in Carbon, a velvety black, downward at the outer corners. MAC eye liner in Marine Ultra sculpted both lash lines, while a dollop of Pigment in Old Gold in the center of the eye and in the inner corners added a luminescent glow. A few strokes of MAC Haute & Naughty mascara and a round of brow-bleaching kept things super-luxurious, but still modern. The same sensibility translated to nails, where CND’s Jan Arnold was on hand to show off pre-painted sets of deep burgundy polish accented with almond-shaped, gold-painted tips. That’d be one coat of CND Dark Ruby, topped off with one coat of Bloodline, followed by an elongated stroke of its Gold Chrome across the “smile line,” for those of you looking to play Jason Wu at home.

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