August 23 2014

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Colored Lashes Strike Again, Backstage At Dior Couture


The “closed backstage” scenario at a fashion show is a bummer for beauty fiends. While it understandably limits the amount of pre-show stress for models, face painters, hairstylists, and designers—particularly those facing pivotal career moments, like Raf Simons at Christian Dior—it also means you could potentially miss makeup moments like this. As was the case with the clothing he presented, Simons upped the ante with the eyes and lips at his first couture outing for the house, which relies exclusively on the backstage stylings of one Pat McGrath. McGrath is no stranger to extravagant runway makeup, of course; as Dior’s longstanding go-to for all manner of couture confections, upping the ante is what she does best. But yesterday, McGrath managed to strike a balance between theatrical and classic, revisiting a technique she introduced at the Fall shows: colored eyelashes. Rather than revert to the blue gel she created for Stella McCartney in March, McGrath reached for shades of hot pink and neon lime, extending the retina-burning fuchsia and green lines she drew along a few models’ upper lash lines over a slash of silver shadow through their lashes as well. The inner rims of lids were lined in white to give eyes a more open appearance, while lips were painted with matte pops of electric cerise. It’s these details that can sometimes go unnoticed during a large-scale presentation, when visual stimuli abound. But they didn’t escape our eagle eyes. Crisis, averted.

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