August 28 2014

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Spain On The Brain, Backstage At Missoni


Angela Missoni may have been inspired by her daughters’ late night antics on the island of Sardinia for Spring, but her hair and makeup team looked a bit further west for their seasonal muse. “It’s sweaty, sexy flamenco skin with a focus on brows,” facepainter Lucia Pieroni said, creating a dewy base with MAC Face + Body Foundation and adding swipes of glistening highlights with her favorite new product, MAC Metal-X Cream Shadow in Fusion Gold, which she blended over cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and onto the chin to mimic “hot, sweaty” skin. To create a touch of contour, Pieroni swiped its Paintpot in Groundwork, a medium taupe-y brown, underneath cheekbones and across lids for a warm smolder. Brows were built up using MAC Eyeshadow in Coquette and Copperplate and lips were given a finger-pressing of MAC Lipsticks in Freckletone and Fresh Brew for a worn-in, neutral effect. As a finishing touch, Pieroni spritzed each model with MAC Fix+ water mist before they head out onto the runway to hammer home the sense of a faux glow.

Wella global creative director added a similarly youthful, deconstructed element to “inject a rawness that would capture the passion and sensuality of a beautiful young Missoni woman at the end of a hot summer night.” Applying Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier on wet strands, Souleiman hit hair with heat to create volume before “squashing” its Rugged Fix Matte Molding Crème into the roots for a matte texture. Then, after carving out deep side parts, Souleiman gathered the lengths into a ponytail that he only pulled through half way, pinning it against itself to create a loop that he spritzed with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray for a rough finish. “It’s a traditional, slick Spanish look that’s deconstructed and disheveled,” Souleiman said, sliding decorative, snake shaped combs into his haphazard chignons.

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