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August 27 2014

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Beauty That’s “Just Really Pretty,” Backstage At Valentino Couture

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“Simple” was the word face-painting legend Pat McGrath kept coming back to when describing the makeup look at Valentino couture. Reeling off the steps she used to achieve the “gorgeous” pastel contours, McGrath broke down her approach in a single, rapid-fire sentence: “It’s very light, natural shading, a little bit of gray around the eyes and white pencil inside the eyes, a little highlighting on the lids and cheekbones, mascara on the top lashes only, a little bit of rouge on the lips, and a groomed brow with just a little bit of pencil,” she explained as models stopped by for a last-minute check. “It’s just really pretty,” McGrath concluded. In other words, “very Valentino.”

“I think [Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli] really have their woman now,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau continued of the Italian design duo’s firmly established identity. “She’s soft and beautiful and kind of nostalgic.” In that spirit, he created a feminine, very real-world hairstyle. Prepping strands with Redken Fabricate 03 Heat-Active Texturizer to give strands a bit of a grip, Palau fashioned loose, face-framing tendrils, a middle part, and thin braids, which he gathered into a bigger braid that culminated in a casual chignon. “Skip the spray and pins. The whole point is to keep it light and effortless,” he said, pointing out that the same look is often borrowed by the Hollywood set. “It’s one of those things that’s really easy to lift off the runway”—and just in time for awards season, too.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / Gorunway.com

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