“Pretty 101,” Backstage At Marc By Marc Jacobs
All of last season’s starkly bare faces are officially brightening up—or so it seemed backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs makeup artist Dick Page was conducting a class on what he called “Pretty 101.” Keeping his color palette of golds and pinks transparent, the Shiseido artistic director had one objective before models hit the runway: “Don’t send them out ugly.” Suffice it to say, mission accomplished. Building a custom-blended flushed cheek using Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Petal diffused with its Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold, Page slicked a dollop of its emollient Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment across eyes for lids that glistened. “I’m obsessed with animation on the face,” Page admitted, which is presumably why he insisted on doing every single blush application himself. Brows were Page’s other point of pride, as he filled in arches using gentle brush strokes of his new-for-Fall Shimmering Cream Eye Color in shades like Sable, a warm taupe and Caviar, a shimmering black. “I’m not crazy about powders or pencils,” Page said of those other brow enhancers. “I like my brows to have a little shine to them.”
Redken creative consultant Guido Palau looked no further than himself to find his inspiration for the show: “This is no word of a lie when I tell you that Marc wanted Guido in the nineties,” Palau said, alluding to his nascent days in the biz. “When I started doing shows, it was about recreating something that could be very easy with something that was more complicated,” which is exactly what Palau did for Jacobs, prepping hair with Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow Dry Lotion and creating a newfangled ponytail. Gathering strands and wrapping them with an elastic, Palau folded the style upward, securing it with a long silver Goody barrette before flipping the lengths back over the base of the ponytail and securing them around the mid-section with another silver clasp. The tips that poked out above the neck were left slightly “spiky,” while the taught front section was treated to a slight sheen with Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum. “There’s a lot of shine around this season,” Palau pointed out—presumably referencing his own handiwork one more time.