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April 18 2014

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Backstage At Richard Chai, Surf’s Up In The Pacific

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After a relatively bare-bones Fall makeup season, we got a hint of Spring’s traditionally festive color palette during the men’s shows (of all places), when statement-making lip colors hit the runway on more than one occasion. Today, that same sense of in-your-face color turned up at Richard Chai, where makeup artist James Kaliardos was whipping up a beauty homage to what he called “Japanese surfer girls.” That meant creating a clean base and adding pops of color to eyes and lips in a rainbow of pigments including MAC’s Chromaline in Orange and Process Magenta, which were alternately blended across eyes. But as was the case back in June when Scott Sternberg tinted male models’ mouths at his Band of Outsiders Pitti presentation in Florence, our attention was immediately drawn to lips like Lindsay Wixson’s, which were painted a shade of bright purple thanks to a mix of MAC’s Violetta Lipstick, its Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan, and its Paintstick in White. A custom-blended cobalt blue was Kaliardos’ other pout perfector of choice. Think of it as your favorite pot of eighties colored zinc made runway-ready.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

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