Green With Envy, Backstage At Stella McCartney
If there’s one thing you can say about Stella McCartney’s woman, it’s that she’s got great skin. “Very clean skin and beautiful, groomed eyebrows,” confirmed Pat McGrath, who has been on face-painting duty here for quite some time. And that much was still true for Spring, as McCartney ordered up on-site facials for all the girls courtesy of a steam-cleaning with Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser and a mask of the clay wash mixed with its Good Genes fluid followed by a few drops of its extra-nourishing Juno Serum. “They’re all coming in and they all look so gorgeous already,” McCartney said as she wove in and out of aisles inspecting Anja Rubik and Joan Smalls’ makeup.
Natural beauty was only part of the story here today, though—despite Priti NYC’s Kim D’Amato’s “fifty shades of neutral” nails painted with a trio of her organic lacquers in Sweet Pea, Mediterranean Belles, and Fairy’s Petticoat. “Normally, we do nothing,” McGrath deadpanned, “but we’ve gone back into color.” They sure have; true fashion aficionados will have fond memories of the blue eyelashes the designer and the makeup artist collaborated on last March. This season, they’ve gone green. “It’s just on the inside rim of the eye,” McGrath explained of the CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade, which she topped with a few swipes of black mascara on top lashes only. There was some talk between McCartney and McGrath as to whether or not the pencil was working—”it might register too much,” the latter explained of the pop of color that required a certain subtlety. But after a quick inspiection in the bright lights of the pre-show rehearsal, McCartney gave it the OK.
Eugene Souleiman stayed the simplicity course to complement Stella’s clothes with hair that was “quite cool and not too conceptual.” Rehydrating lengths but not ends, Souleiman dried hair while twisting it to impart a slight texture. “It’s a little dirty,” he explained of the intentional rawness he left through the tips before “squashing” front sections of a middle part down and behind the ears. “We’re not reinventing the wheel here,” he joked, although there was a deliberateness to the ease. “If we did a small head, it would have looked too graphic, too futuristic,” the coiffing star explained of why he steered clear of an updo. “This,” he said, motioning to the super-natural style, “is the real future.”