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April 17 2014

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A Study in Restraint, Backstage at Jil Sander

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Jil Sander“There’s no period—it’s totally now and totally her,” hairstylist Guido Palau said of the look at Jil Sander. Hair was blown out with Redken Satinwear 02 for smoothness, and a deep side part was made with fingers (in lieu of a comb, which forms a hard line). After glossing over the surface with All Soft Argan-6 Oil, he pulled the length back into a low, loose ponytail and secured it with a black elastic. “A chignon would be too lady; [the pony] keeps it young yet pulled together,” he explained. After the models were dressed, Palau loosened a few pieces in front to form a “mesh” over the side of the face, introducing an element of fragility and ease to an otherwise stark style.

The minimal makeup created by Pat McGrath entailed only the basics: foundation, pinky-peach blusher, brown mascara on the top lashes, a blend of taupe-colored cream and powder shadows washed around the eyes, and lip balm. The only true “pronouncement” was the brows. “We’re not forcing a shape or a character—just enhancing,” she said of defining models’ arches. A touch of highlighter was added to the lids and inner corners of the eyes for a subtle and sophisticated glow.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com

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