Pretty Prevails, Backstage At Valentino
Throughout Guido Palau’s ponytail tour this season, in which he has constructed the easy updo from New York to Paris, the coiffing star has stressed that the beauty of the familiar style is the way you can make it look different by implementing small changes. Said changes have come in the form of sleek severity, texturization, or in the case of Valentino, a girly sixties vibe. “It’s femininity and a nod to the sixties, but not in a retro way. More in reference to Valentino’s heritage,” Palau explained, coating strands in Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel before fashioning middle parts and back-combing hair at the crown for a bit of height. Razor-cutting wispy sideburns (another Palau signature for Fall), he placed black ribbons around models’ heads for an added dose of pretty—a rare word in the wealth of borrowed-from-the-boys homages we’ve seen over the past month.
“She’s a perfect-skinned beauty,” Pat McGrath added of the Valentino woman, whose complexion was given a light base courtesy of CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe foundation. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli “wanted a cool girl—as if she’d done her makeup herself,” McGrath elaborated, dusting a gray/brown “smoke” onto lids and fashioning “perfected lashes” on both the top and bottom lash lines using CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara to complete the sixties homage. Spider lashes strike again!