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August 21 2014

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Red Alert, Backstage at Anna Sui

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Monochrome makeup struck again at Anna Sui, but it wasn’t another case of the flesh-toned beiges, mauves, and browns we’ve been seeing this week; instead, Pat McGrath played with the color red. “It’s very much to do with Antonio Lopez and Donna Jordan,” the makeup master said, referencing the famed fashion illustrator and his muse-turned-Warhol-superstar. “It’s decadently beautiful,” she continued of the palette, which featured CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry applied to cheeks and lids, and a blend of crimson lipsticks on pouts, including CoverGirl’s new Runway Collection Lip Perfection in Tempt and Hot and Sui’s eponymous color collection’s lipstick in No. 461—the same shade, in fact, that Sui was wearing backstage. (“Everyone looks good in red lipstick,” the designer offered). CoverGirl’s new LashBlast 24-Hour mascara on both the top and bottom lashes supplied that quintessential doll-eyed effect that comes standard with Sui’s season-spanning sixties and seventies inspirations.

“Forties meets seventies,” to be exact, Garren confirmed. The single-monikered hairstylist and longtime Sui collaborator was hard at work crafting deep side parts and long, loose waves, à la Veronica Lake with a “wild twist.” Prepping hair with René Furterer Volumea volumizing foam, Garren wrapped sections around Enzo Milano’s curling sticks and pinned them in place before releasing them and brushing them out for softness. “It’s a forced curl,” he said of the visible bounce that peeked through a series of turbans and side-slung flowers that Sui sent down the runway.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

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