August 30 2014

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Girly And Gorgeous, Backstage At Valentino


If there were a single word to describe the hair and makeup backstage at Valentino, it would be “pretty.” Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have made the descriptor something of a mantra since taking the reins at the house and have instructed their go-to glam squad of Pat McGrath and Guido Palau to do the same. The hair and makeup duo hit their stride at the designers’ Couture show, in our opinion—with a pink and gold face palette and glorious long, soft waves that were woven with crystal-dotted gold wire—but what they dreamt up for Spring was equally endearing (and way easier to duplicate!). “I’m contouring the face with pastels,” McGrath explained of the pale pink and dove gray powders she swept underneath cheekbones and along brow bones, using a more iridescent pink on the inner corners of eyes and across lids. Grooming brows, she dotted lips with CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry and slicked on a few coats of black mascara for heightened femininity.

“They’ve really created their own woman now,” Palau said of Picciolo and Chiuri. “And she always has this soft hair that’s nostalgic and sophisticated”—a perfect opportunity for Palau to turn to Redken’s new All Soft Argan 6 Oil, which he’s been using a fair bit this season. Coating his hands with the smoothing elixir, the coiffing star created two braids—one at the top and one on the side—that he wove into one another, forming a thick coronet that he ultimately broke up a bit to ensure an ethereal looseness. As a finishing touch, Palau pulled out “little wispy bits” for an added bit of romance.

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