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July 26 2014

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A “British-Riding-Set Homage,” Backstage At Moschino

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After last season’s all-out sixties tribute, arriving backstage at Moschino this morning, only to find peaches-and-cream complexions and ponytails, was more than a little change of pace. “Normally, Moschino is very full-on, but this season it’s very young and fresh,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux pointed out. “Very fresh, and very English.”

That much was clear from the soundtrack alone (Oasis, The Verve, and Blur, anyone?), as well as a specifically British dewy skin quality with a faint flush. “In France, you have the baguette; in England, you have the rosy fresh skin,” Pecheux elaborated, administering massages with a blend of Rodin Olio Lusso and Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Crème before applying a moderate coverage of MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. Concentrating a mix of its Cremeblend Blush in Posey and Cream Colour Base in Rich Coral on the apples of the cheeks—”not too high, because on high-definition cameras it looks bad,” Pecheux emphasized—he added multiple strokes of MAC Haute & Naughty mascara to lashes, then dabbed its sheer, dark pink lipstick in Red Statement onto pouts.

There was still a hint of the sixties in the hair, which was also rooted in the annals of British beauty. “I think we invented the sixties,” English hairstyling star Sam McKnight joked, coating strands with Pantene Triple Action Volume Mousse before drying them, fashioning a side part, and back-combing a small bump at the back of the head. Pulling the sides over the tops of models’ ears, McKnight gathered lengths into a low ponytail. “It’s a very British-riding-set homage,” he insisted. “They’re not ‘street’ girls.”

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