Bombshells And Neighsayers, Backstage At Kanye West
As the build up to Kanye West’s premiere womenswear collection finally came to a head last night in Paris, the question of whether or not the rapper-turned-designer could deliver was answered—as were our burning questions of whether his unquestionable savvy for style would translate in beauty terms. “He knows what he wants,” makeup artist Val Garland said of West’s aptitude for shadows and shading after having a powwow with him to come up with a look for his first show. “He also knows what he doesn’t want—nothing too conceptual,” West told Garland. “He wants a woman to look like a woman”—which is why they decided on “Victoria’s Secret sexy.” This meant a dewy, warm complexion courtesy of MAC Sculpt Foundation that was buffed into heavily hydrated skin before receiving a slight contour by way of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, which was dotted with its Cream Colour Base in Shell along cheekbones for highlight. As has been the preference of many a designer this season—both established and newcomer—West wanted a fifties cat-eye, which Garland obliged using MAC Cream Eyeliner in Black, diffused onto the lid and then reapplied in a thick line with a flick on the end using a small, angled brush. Lashes were given a bombshell-caliber boost with its Pro Lash Mascara and a few individual falsies placed in the outer corners, all while big-name models like Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, and Abbey Lee Kershaw enjoyed some radio jams from Beyoncé—the hip-hop world’s other high-profile friend of fashion.
Hairstylist Laurent Philippon was also going for sexy—but a specifically equine form of it. “I don’t know if I can even show you what [Kanye] showed me for inspiration,” Philippon said mischievously, producing a colored photograph of wild horses with texturized manes out to pasture. Coating hair with Bumble and Bumble Does It All Hairspray, which truly “does it all,” Kershaw joked from Philippon’s chair, the coiffing star braided the entire head into one-inch sections, hot-ironing the plaits and teasing the shaft to create additional texture as he went, before undoing each one and brushing through. Carving out deep side parts, Philippon finger-combed front sections forward and over models’ right eyes before they hit the runway.