Seeing Spots, Backstage At Anna Sui
Black cat-eyes may have dominated the Spring runways, but for Fall, they’ve gone Technicolor. Already turning up in red, orange, and chartreuse incarnations this week in New York, Pat McGrath added azure to the mix backstage at Anna Sui, where she whipped up theatrical blue wings. “There’s beautiful upholstery fabrics in the collection,” the CoverGirl global creative design director explained of the color’s origin, crafting a “fat” liquid line along models’ upper lash line with an upward flick on the end. “You draw your shape, fill it in, and add your shadow,” McGrath said, demoing the process on the back of her hand with CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Blue Boom and its Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Indigo Impact. Tracing inner rims with a white pencil to open the eye, McGrath added a few coats of CoverGirl LashPerfection mascara for a dramatic sixties feel. “It’s my favorite,” the face painter said of the slim tube. As a finishing touch, she flexed her 3-D makeup muscle, as she was wont to do last season, and placed hand-colored, hand-cut circular stickers below the lower lash line. “It adds a little extra interest,” she said of the detail, which was lined up exactly with models’ pupils. Nails were painted a similar shade of blue courtesy of Anna Sui’s own lacquer in #103.
Picking up on the sixties vibe that is part-and-parcel to almost everything Sui does, Garren sculpted a side-parted low ponytail that he teased at the crown. “It’s kind of Adele,” Sui’s longtime coiffing collaborator said of the style that was prepped with Rene Furterer Volumino, heavily back-combed, and finished with a halo of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. “[When it comes to hair spray], there’s only Elnett,” the super stylist said of the classic gold aerosol can.