Rock Chicks Unite, Backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim
When NARS national makeup artist Francelle Daly and Phillip Lim started talking about the beauty look for the designer’s Spring show a few days before it happened, they were keeping it light. “We were looking through the clothes, listening to Nirvana,” she recalls of the test shoot. “Then I remembered myself as the music girl, going to Lollapalooza,” Daly continued, which is when the lightbulb went off: clumpy mascara.
“It’s modern grunge—without the grunge,” she explained of the “sophisticated” face-painting effort that began with a base of NARSkin Luminous Moisture Cream topped with its Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and a spot treatment of the new-for-spring Radiant Creamy Concealers where needed. Contouring cheeks ever so slightly with its Bronzing Powder in Casino, Daly brushed brows up and started in on those eyes. Working NARS Eye Liner Pencil in Black Moon into the lash line, she turned to her trusty tube of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara and pretty much went for it. “I hand-clumped them myself,” she effused of the chunky effect of curling the lashes, applying one to two coats of glossy pigment, letting that dry, and then adding eight to ten more swipes.
Paul Hanlon followed suit with a matted-down side part and an exaggerated, volumized, almost retro rock ‘n’ roll quiff on one side that was rendered positively contemporary thanks to copious amounts of TIGI Queen for A Day Thickening Spray that he heated into sections as he blow-dried to create a frothy texture. “Make it really flat on the sides or else it looks like a bit of a joke,” he instructed his team on how to keep it current, poring over the minutiae of every last hair.
Lim ordered up a nail moment, too, courtesy of Essie celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders. “This is the half-and-half nail,” Saunders exclaimed of dual-colored tips painted on one side with Chinchilly, a mauve gray, and Brooch the Subject, a cappuccino, on the other. It was a far cry from the chipped black polish of true rock chic, but that was kind of the point.