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August 22 2014

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“Urban Eskimos” Come Out To Play Backstage At Rag & Bone

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There are certain things we’ve come to expect backstage at Rag & Bone. Minimal, downtown makeup and undone hair just go with Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s easy, borrowed-from-the-boys pieces; put simply, the Rag & Bone girl has not jumped on board the statement lip bandwagon and it’s unlikely that she ever will. But she does love a smouldering eye, which makeup artist Gucci Westman is always on hand to provide. “We’re doing Urban Eskimo,” Westman said of the beauty look for Fall, which focused on a windblown ruddy complexion courtesy of smudges of Revlon’s Cream Blush in Berry Flirtations and greasy, black rimmed lids (that’s the urban bit, in case there was any confusion). Lining the inner rim of models’ eyes with Revlon’s Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet, Westman blended its Illuminance Cream Shadow in Wild Orchid, a deep aubergine, with its Matte Eyeshadow in Rich Sable, which she brushed across lids and underneath the lower lash line for a finish that was “floaty and endless.” Lips were left mostly bare, save for a touch of color that Westman pressed into the center of models’ mouths with the rich burgundy pigment from her forthcoming Multi-Use Palette in Bordeaux in the Snow. “We just liked the ease of everything,” Westman said of the finished product—a sentiment that was echoed in hairstylist Guido Palau’s loose braids. “It’s just washed, soft, airy, clean hair,” he said of models’ tresses, which were washed on site with Redken’s Extreme shampoo and deliberately kept free of product before getting dried with a paddle brush. Palau then fashion middle parts and created free-form braids—two to three of them on either side of the face and centered down the back—”enough so you know something’s in there when they walk,” he said of the textural element. Purposely pulled-out wisps kept the whole thing from coming off too juvenile. “When you leave out the loose bits you get a sexy feeling that’s not schoolgirl,” Palau confirmed. The strongest statement came via dark slate nails painted with two coats of Revlon’s Steel Her Heart, courtesy of manicurist Jin Soon Choi. That’s where the Rag & Bone girl gets a little crazy with her beauty routine. How…on trend.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / Gorunway.com

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