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July 26 2014

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Leather And Fully-Loaded Lids, Backstage At Versace For H&M

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The “flavor of Versace” was alive and well backstage at the house’s much-anticipated collection for H&M tonight in New York, according to makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Donatella [Versace] wanted something fun, something glam that was very rock ‘n’ roll at the same time,” he explained of the beauty look, which translated to deep aubergine nails courtesy of Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon lacquer and the go-to makeup move of ladies who like to live hard: a black, smoky eye. “A black matte eye,” Pecheux confirmed of the full, elongated strokes of MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon he was sweeping over Natasha Poly’s lids, adding a metallic silver pigment on top from the upper lash line through the crease. Skin was kept dually matte with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation and powder, which he applied to complexions that had been thoroughly prepped with Rodin Olio Lusso and a mixture of Estée Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme and its Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. Bleached brows and a nude mouth slicked with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC35 provided an added edge. “It’s Versace today and Versace tomorrow,” Pecheux surmised of the result, before conversation turned to his plans for re-dyeing brows once the show was over. “Yeah, what are you going to do about that?” Poly asked the famed face painter. “The girls are going to have to choose between getting their eyebrows [back] and Prince,” he joked, referring to the post-presentation entertainment.

There was a hint of Versace yesterday, too. “The last show I did with Gianni [Versace] we used leather headbands,” coiffing star Orlando Pita explained of the impetus for the wide pieces of black leather that sat in a stack next to his station. After adding waist-grazing extensions to every model and razor-cutting the ends so they looked “jagged,” Pita lined up the center of each band near the brow line and, holding the ends in his hands, folded the fabric once behind the ears, then again, ensuring that the top lay flat before he tied a knot at the back of the head. “It’s Versace, so it has to look expensive and rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s H&M too, so I wanted to keep it young and cool.” Click here for more pictures.

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