“Fade to Grey,” Backstage at Giorgio Armani-------
“The look is usually more graphic,” explained makeup artist Linda Cantello, but for today’s show she described the finished product as “Armani, but faded.” To complement the charcoal and black collection (fittingly dubbed “fade to grey”) peppered with varying shades of green, Cantello washed a custom-blended, slate cream shadow with hints of purple over lids (a liner in a similar tone will be available come August). The top lashes were coated with mascara, and arches were emphasized with Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Eye&Brow Maestro (a multipurpose formula developed in conjunction with hairstylists, hitting shelves in September) in a shade “stronger” than each girl’s natural hair color. The skin was made paler with a pure-white Maestro foundation (the first formula to feature a matte pearl pigment, launching with the holiday collection), which goes on sheer and lends a porcelain finish to the skin. Although she tried a nude (“too washed out”) and a red (“too clashy with the lime green [in the clothes]“), the face painter wound up applying Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 602 (a berry hue). “The lip is meant to look like it’s been put on and taken off,” she explained.
Strands were equally as soft and feminine. A triple-barrel curling iron was clamped down in sections by Roberta Bellazzi to form mermaid-like waves. The only element that contrasted the gentle hair and makeup was a graphic side or center parting, which rendered each model an individual.