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August 29 2014

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Lashes Get the Technicolor Treatment at Stella McCartney Resort

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The sun came out for Stella today, as this morning’s downpour didn’t exactly make for a good garden party, the setting for the designer’s Resort presentation. And backstage the beauty was just as bright. Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo created three different lash looks in royal blue, forest green, and—on four select girls—a combination of both colors. It’s not the first time we’ve seen fantastic fringe from McCartney: Clumpy cobalt lashes made a serious statement on her Fall 2012 runway. And lucky for Oquendo, he happened to be on the team (led by Pat McGrath) that devised those spidery blue eyes.

Today, however, he crafted his own vibrant mascaras by mixing gel liners from MAC Cosmetics—combining Fluidline in Waveline with Chromaline in Pure White to make the perfect navy; and Chromaline in Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, and Pure White to cook up the ultimate emerald. Next, he painted his bespoke blends onto the top lashes with a clean mascara wand, working the product into the roots to build a strong base before pulling the pigment out toward the tips. “You need to have a good foundation so that your lashes don’t wilt,” he explained. Oquendo layered “at least” three coats near the lash line, then went back in with more color and combed it through to the ends—strategically separating the hairs for a “feathered” effect.

To allow the eyes to take center stage, the rest of the maquillage was kept relatively simple. Face And Body Foundation provided a seamless and dewy canvas, while a combo of Cream Colour Base in Pearl and Luna (Hush for models with darker complexions) was used to highlight around the tear ducts, the center of the lids, cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and chin. For even more sheen, All Over Gloss was dabbed lightly onto the lids. To finish, Oquendo reached for Cremeblend Blush in Brit Wit and Posey—applying both shades to apples and lips for a fresh flush.

“I used to wear blue mascara in high school,” noted catwalker Devon Windsor of the colored-lash comeback. “I like that you can’t really see it until you’re under a bright light, so you could actually pull it off every day.” We like the sound of that, too.

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