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“Insectlike Eyes” And Naomi Campbell, Backstage At Roberto Cavalli

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Amid the usual backstage hustle and bustle today at Roberto Cavalli, there was a large, gray cubicle erected right in the middle of the hair and makeup area. “Naomi Campbell’s in there,” word came as models whizzed back and forth past a rather large security guard on patrol. Every once in a while, the door would open, revealing a glimpse of Campbell, Mr. Cavalli, and a few well-appointed pieces of animal-print furniture (obviously).

“She called me in the middle of the week to ask me what the hair was,” Guido Palau said of Campbell, who he has coiffed for the better part of 20 years. And the supermodel must have approved, as she got the same long, slightly texturized strands as everyone else. “She’s Naomi, so she’s going to be special, but she’s still got to feel part of the show,” the Redken creative consultant explained, giving the rest of the girls similar waist-grazing extensions that he middle-parted and spritzed with water and Redken Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray for a matte finish and a slight bend. “We’re trying to offset the glamor, not pump it up,” Palau pointed out, referencing the simply styled “extreme length” that he used to balance out Cavalli’s over-the-top collection.

Stealing a second with Pat McGrath before she slipped back into Campbell’s on-site suite, the makeup artist spoke of peacock- and insectlike irridesence—pops of shimmering blue, green, and gold pigment that she blended into a series of black smoky eyes rooted into a smudged application of CoverGirl’s LiquiLine Blast Eyeliner. “You need to tailor the look to each girl,” she explained of her technique—regular and supermodel alike.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

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