Calling on Carine, Backstage at Tom Ford
The goings-on at Tom Ford are usually shrouded in mystery. You’re more likely to get the lowdown on the inner workings of Area 51 than you are trying to sneak a peek behind one of the fashion world’s most exclusive shows. Until now, that is.
Let’s start off by saying that the makeup stations were the stuff beauty dreams are made of (think: vanities overflowing with Tom Ford-branded brushes and compacts). Face painter Charlotte Tilbury created a smoky eye that paid homage to Carine Roitfeld on a stellar cast that included Georgia May Jagger, Karen Elson, Liberty Ross, and Joan Smalls. She worked the designer’s Eye Defining Pencil around the upper and lower lash lines, then proceeded to blend it out with Noir Absolute for Eyes (a cream formula). “This isn’t a feline flick; it needs to look slept in—Tom and I had a long discussion about the right amount of smudge,” Tilbury explained. “It had to be on the right side of rock chick and adapted to each girl’s eye shape.” A touch of mascara at the roots and a brush through the brows finished off the top half of the face. Perfected skin played backdrop to these sultry eyes, with just a hint of highlighter from the Shade & Illuminate palette tapped onto cheekbones.
A spritz of volumizer was applied to roots before hair was blow-dried by Orlando Pita, then parted just off center. Where strands were all one length, the pro cut in soft layers—forgoing a traditional coating of hair spray. “I’m not using any finishing products…it should look really natural and not too precise; all I’ll do before the girls walk out is tuck some of their hair into the clothing,” Pita explained. We imagine the French fashion doyenne would skip the shellac and do the same.