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How to Get the Face of an Angel, the 2012 Edition


There is something predictable about the hair and makeup look at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show each year, which is to say there’s a formula to getting bombshell beautiful. But face-painter Tom Pecheux and coiffing star Orlando Pita, professionals as they are, always manage to bring a certain nuance to the crowded, pink-tinged backstage area at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York, a space that was noticeably less “bronzed” this season. “In general, we are killing that extra too much bronzer,” Pecheux explained as he put the finishing touches on Doutzen Kroes’ complexion. “Healthy is good, over-tan is not good,” he surmised of the satin skin finish he was building with rosy, rather than ruddy, accents. “It’s important for VS to communicate that.”

Starting with a base VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer and its PRO Flawless FX Translucent Powder, Pecheux sculpted cheeks with its Luminous Mineral Blush duo in Pleasure, which he also applied to lids on the “Pink girls,” the younger models making their first appearance on the VS runway, like cover star Cara Delevingne and Valentino muse Maud Welzen. “They look very dolly, very fresh—youth, is the word,” Pecheux elaborated of the individual lashes, and multiple coats of VS Makeup Extra-Lengthening Mascara that he employed. In contrast, “The main VS girls”—Alessandra, Adriana, Lily, Miranda—got seductive eyes replete with an interesting liner technique for which Pecheux rimmed the lash line with VS Beauty Rush Precision Eye Pencil in Pitch Black, applying a stroke of the same liner in Foxy, a rich brown, on top that he swiped outward. “When you blend them, the black really gets in between the lashes and you get a little density, while the brown elongates,” he pointed out. Pecheux then dusted a Taupe pigment through the crease and a shimmering champagne highlight along the brow bone using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact, while lips received a layering of its Makeup Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheens in Better Than Bare and Manic Pink, creating a berry stain. “It’s no more a [nude] French Kiss, it’s the VS kiss,” Pecheux joked of the noticeably pinker pouts.

Orlando Pita did his part to add to that quintessential VS “feeling of sexiness” by giving every model extensions that hit just below the breast. “Last season we had different lengths on every girl and the wave was a little bit more of a glamour wave. This time it’s more messy. It’s a little heavier, and everybody has extensions—even Karlie,” Pita said, referring to the runway superstar who sent the blogosphere abuzz yesterday when she turned up backstage with a freshly cut bob. Using Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse to create texture, Pita added a bend to strands with an inch-and-a-quarter curling iron that he spritzed with its So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray.

The biggest backstage news came from Yuna Park, the nail guru of Oscar de la Renta fame who just signed on with VS to front its brand-new nail line. “They came up with 21 colors, but for today there’s two different colors I’m using,” Park said, displaying Bitten, a pink-nude that she painted onto the established Angels’ tips, and Peep Show, a sheer pink shimmer that she reserved for the younger girls. Keep an eye out for them on shelves when they launch in late January.

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