Backstage At Giles, Not Doing A Lot When You’ve Had A Little Too Much
As we meandered around the Royal Court of Justice’s Gothic interior backstage at Giles, looking for answers to our burning beauty questions, there were few to be found. The focus was firmly fixed on the clothes. “Have you seen them?” Nail techs, makeup artists, and hairstylists kept asking one another, alluding to Deacon’s fantastic Spring collection—a rare sight, considering the conversation in these parts is typically all blushers and blow-dry lotions. “They’re incredible,” Lucia Pieroni concurred of the swan-inspired garments, explaining that the “super-simple” makeup look she devised just made sense “in this building and with those clothes.” Keeping it fairly minimal, Pieroni went with a clean complexion, a subtle pink cheek, and a “soft focus” bordeaux lip, brushing up brows for a naturally groomed effect. “It’s as though you’ve just had a little bit too much wine so you’ve got this slight burgundy mouth and a bit of a flush,” she said, diffusing a combination of MAC Lip Pencil in Brick and Burgundy out toward the corners of the mouth, so the pigment was strongest in the center, and blending MAC Lipstick in Russian Red onto cheeks for a sheer crimson glow. Egyptian Magic, Pieroni’s go-to moisturizer-turned-illuminator, was then dotted onto cheekbones and swiped across lids for a glossy dose of shine that was augmented by nail artist Marian Newman’s sparkling, sheer red manis. “You can only see it in the light,” Newman said of CND’s glittering Effect in Crimson Sparkle.
Hairstylist Paul Hanlon was similarly hesitant to do anything that might interfere with the complexity of Deacon’s collection, so he did the simplest thing he could: nothing. “There’s no product in the hair,” said Hanlon, who decided to forgo mousses and glossing sprays in favor of an on-site washing with Toni & Guy Label.M shampoo. Letting strands air-dry to capture “each girl’s natural texture,” Hanlon had one rule as he tucked front sections behind ears to create a slight bend: “No brushes. The minute you brush it, it becomes fluffy.”