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April 19 2014

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Backstage at Vera Wang: Sporty Skin and Chic Sweatbands

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Vera Wang

If Vera Wang herself was to hark back to her figure skating days or take a loop around the reservoir in Central Park, we have a feeling she’d pair her signature black leggings with this hair and makeup look. To play up the athletic theme of the collection, face painter Lucia Pieroni kept things minimal—opting for evenly toned skin and flushed cheeks, using the peachy side of the Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in #4 on the apples. For an added glow, she dusted the Luminizing Face Enhancer in Sandy Beige over the cheeks and brow bones. Pieroni took a fluffy brush to lids and softly diffused a brown shadow from the Eye Color Quad in Peach Brown (available in February) around the eye for slight definition. For a dewy finish that mimics the effects of “running up a hill in a nice frock,” she added a touch of Egyptian Magic to the high point on the cheeks, Cupid’s bow, and bridge of the nose, then topped off lips with Enriched Lip Luminizer in Watermelon Sugar for that “fresh-bitten” feel.

The hair was equally as minimalist (and gym friendly)—Jimmy Paul blew hair smooth using Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry and a round brush. For thicker textures, he ran a flatiron over the top to sleek-ify. The ponytail was secured a little below the center of the head with a bungee tie, and a black band (a “happy accident” that occurred during the fittings, says Paul) was slipped over the tips of the ears and across the center of the tail. (A similar accessory was seen at both Balenciaga and Nina Ricci for Fall 2013.) Any flyaways were eliminated with Creme Contour (a pliable paste). The hair test couldn’t have been easier, added Paul, as he was only tasked with making strands look polished and “more expensive.” After all, when the Vera Wang customer hits the treadmill, she does it with panache.

Photo: Fabio Iona / Indigitalimages.com

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