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Stella’s Blue Streak: McCartney Updates The Spring Eyeliner Trend For Pre-Fall


When it comes to beauty, Stella McCartney likes to keep things minimal. “Stella doesn’t like a lot of makeup,” face painter Lottie Stannard deadpanned backstage at McCartney’s pre-fall presentation yesterday, adding that Stella wanted to keep the skin “super-clean and fresh,” as she’s wont to do. So, Stannard set to applying a light veil of MAC Face and Body Foundation, which she sponged onto well-moisturized skin that had been treated to a thorough mini-facial at the hands of complexion guru Sunday Riley. “It’s been weird weather in New York and a lot of these girls are coming in from places like Sweden so they have dry, chapped skin from indoor heating and traveling,” Riley explained, prompting her to mix her Good Genes, a lactic acid-laced multitasker that resurfaces as it hydrates, with her Stimulant II, an anti-redness treatment that helps soothe irritation. Riley then layered her Juno Transformative Lipid Serum with a dollop of her Skin Adrenaline, an antioxidant-rich antiaging concentrate to impart the perfect matte-radiant finish.

The green-leaning scientific skincare approach that comes along with any cameo from Riley (who recommends drinking lots of coconut water—”from Brazilian coconuts, not the ones from Thailand”—to help further fight winter dryness from the inside out) has become something of a regular occurrence at Stella’s New York shows; ditto the kind of dewy skin perfection it yields. But there was one unusual sighting on the faces on display in the West Village last night. Once complexions had been perfectly polished by Riley, Stannard applied a thin stroke of MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Royal Wink, a bright cobalt, across the top of models’ upper lash lines. “It’s just a hint of color,” she explained of the blue accent that she picked up from fabric in McCartney’s collection. Subtle highlights across cheekbones courtesy of MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl and a slight flush from its Cremeblend Blush in Something Special finished things off.

Staying true to the McCartney model of chic simplicity, coiffing star Sabrina Michals prepped hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and its Prep Lotion for texture. Once strands were dry, Michals raked its Sumo Wax through the ends and then gathered the lengths into a low-lying chignon. “[Stella] wanted it to look like the girls had done it themselves,” Michals said of the easy style before pulling out a few pieces toward the top for added volume.

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