U.E.S. Bathing Beauties, Backstage At Vera Wang
“Gorgeous, creamy, golden fabulousness” is how makeup artist Lucia Pieroni described her handiwork backstage at Vera Wang, where she had taken up the task of creating the perfect Upper East Side woman. “She’s in her fabulous apartment and she just got back from the beach so she’s a little dusty,” the Clé de Peau color creator said, tearing into a palette of bronze, champagne, and shimmering ivory pigments. “There’s not much makeup, really,” she mentioned, prepping skin with Clé de Peau’s forthcoming Skin Finish Foundation and “adding the dewy on” with its new Luminizing Face Enhancer in 12 Gold, a prismatic highlighting palette due out in March. For a “slight tan,” Pieroni dusted Clé de Peau Blush 5 across the nose bridge. Eyes were defined using the two lightest shades from its new Eye Color Quad in 208, a mix of beiges and browns, while lips were tinted a shade of “see-through caramel” thanks to Clé de Peau’s Enriched Lip Luminizer in 220 Honey Nuts. To keep the almondine shape of the upper eyelid visible, Pieroni skipped the mascara. “You can’t see it when there’s too much on the lashes,” she lamented.
Hairstylist Orlando Pita was on a similar beachy tip. “It looks like the girls just came out of the water,” Pita said of the contrasting textures he had whipped up, showcasing a dry, matte-finish top section and a sleeker back. Coating strands with By Byron Spirulina Hairspray, Pita created middle parts and brushed hair back, pinning it along the neckline for a natural-looking bend. Then, using a fine-bristled brush, he back-combed around the hairline for deliberate frizz. “It’s simple organic beauty,” he surmised of the look.