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“Stella Girls” Congregate En Masse For Spring


We arrived at Place de l’Opéra for Stella McCartney’s Spring show just in time to catch the designer backstage as she settled into a makeup chair for a quick touch-up before the presentation got underway. “Make sure you tell them what you want so they don’t go all BBC on you,” McCartney’s longtime face-painter, Pat McGrath, shouted in jest, alluding to the designer’s classic no-makeup makeup look that is reinterpreted onto every model that walks in her show. “She’s just beautiful, fresh, glow-y, and gorgeous,” McGrath said of the quintessential Stella girl, for which she diffused CoverGirl TRUblend liquid foundation in one shade darker than each complexion to warm up faces before blending CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry onto cheeks for a slight pink flush. Of course, something so sheer and pared-down requires a perfected canvas to start with. “It’s all about your skincare,” McGrath explained of the kind of proper conditioning that’s necessary to make this sort of look work. “Cleanse, tone, moisturize—that’s our thing,” she continued, name-dropping CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer and Dr. Orentreich’s oil-free moisturizer as great ways to create a flawless, dewy base.

Hairstylist Eugene Souleiman also looked no further than McCartney herself to get inspiration for the high and tight chignons he crafted using Wella Velvet Amplifier style primer. “What can I say? It’s just Stella,” he said of the bun that he swept up at the crown, coiled, and pinned to hold. Breaking out a blush brush to go over a layer of hair spray he had spritzed onto the sides to create sleekness without any harsh lines, Souleiman used his fingertips to rake hair back from the hairline, manipulating slight groves along the surface. Simple as it all seemed, there was definitely a point of view to the style. “Get rid of that Alberta Ferretti stuff—it’s way too romantic,” Souleiman advised a member of his team to emphasize the “very chic, but slightly tougher and more masculine” message.

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  1. FEMANTIX says:

    I think this look is beautiful. the luminous skin with a hint of color is gorgeous. bravo!

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