“Dirty, Rock ’N’ Roll Chic” Beauty, Backstage At Balmain
The Balmain woman is a creature of habit. She likes a strong shoulder, a good bit of embellishment, and very little fuss when it comes to her hair and makeup. “I think it’s even more minimal than usual,” Tom Pecheux said backstage, pointing out that he did everything he usually does for Olivier Rousteing’s Fall outing, minus the highlights. “We’re making it more matte,” he explained of models’ complexions, which were brushed with Kett Sett Loose Powder and MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, a technique that took a page out of this season’s makeup manual. “Mattifying [the skin] makes it a bit tougher,” Pecheux offered of the finish that has dominated the runway over the past few weeks. It worked particularly well here, in contrast with the ornate dresses and “very strong” earrings the girls wore. Curled lashes, light contours, and well-groomed brows finished off the face.
“We’re going more tough this season,” Sam McKnight elaborated, speaking to the hair look. “It’s not as soft and clean.” Instead, McKnight made things a little “dirty” by smoothing handfuls of Magic Move, a malleable styling paste, on the sides of the head and all the way through the ends, which he reactivated with water just before models hit the catwalk. “There’s never a huge concept here,” he pointed out, content to christen his handiwork “dirty, rock ’n’ roll chic.”