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Pared-Down Perfection, Backstage At Narciso Rodriguez


The beauty buzz at the Spring shows thus far has been largely about a return to simplicity. With a few notable exceptions, it’s been all clean skin and unfussy hair that is without reference and purposely devoid of too much glamour (read: volume). But after Narciso Rodriguez’s winning show, now seems like a good time to point out that while all the minimalism may seem like a newfound, palate-cleansing idea, it does indeed have a reference point in Narciso Rodriguez, the longtime king of understated chic.

“It’s vintage Narciso—and Calvin,” Shiseido artistic director Dick Page pointed out of the phenomenon that he, too, was partaking in backstage at Rodriguez’s Spring show, with a bare face and a glossy lid. Page, who met Rodriguez when the latter was working at Calvin Klein, has been painting faces for the designer for years. “Without being super conceptual about it, we’re doing nothing,” he explained of the makeup look, which, to be fair, was as barebones as it gets. Skin was given a slight highlight with Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold, brows were brushed up and filled in using its Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable and Caviar, and lips and lids were coated in its Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment for a shiny flash of gloss. “It just felt right,” Page said. “The girls have to belong to the clothes and the collection; that’s the most important thing.”

Paul Hanlon’s center-parted strands, spritzed with By Byron Spirulina Hairspray, had “structure, sophistication, and shine,” which felt similarly right—a testament to the wunderkind’s skills as it was his first-ever Narciso show. “I’m very honored. I’m a big fan,” Hanlon said of the opportunity to replace Eugene Souleiman, who had been the third piece of the Rodriguez-Page trifecta for quite some time. “I’ve always been aware of who [Narciso's] woman is,” Hanlon confirmed, adding that to him, “the history is important.” So he dug into the archives a little bit, while adding his own updated touch in the form a hint of disheveledness achieved by “shaking” the hair out so it fell “very sporadically” before models hit the runway. Deborah Lippmann’s impeccably buffed nails finished the look—by which all other pared-down beauty looks this season will heretofore be judged.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

By Byron’s Color- (And Body-) Boosting Fix


As much as I can appreciate the idea of shampoos for color-treated hair, I’ve never been a fan. The formulas are usually so rich and intense—packed with thick moisturizers to prevent dullness and fading—that they turn my fine hair into a sad, limp mess. So I typically lather with products for volume instead and watch my wispy blond highlights slowly dwindle away until my next color appointment. It’s a vicious, unhappy cycle. But I was inspired to break it after hearing that Byron Williams, of Byron & Tracey salon in Beverly Hills, had recently launched a line of paraben-free, color-safe shampoos and conditioners. While the list of organic ingredients sounded plenty luxurious and exotic—there’s hibiscus and vanilla cactus to soothe the scalp, sunflower seed extract to seal in color and shine, and white tea to fend off UV damage—I did notice that more predictably body-killing words, like “shea butters,” were thrown into the mix as well. Despite some initial misgivings I put the Anti-Fade Shampoo [] to the test after my last balayage session. Lo and behold, it made my hair soft and shiny—like, really shiny. So much so that I think it even brought back some highlights I thought were dead and gone. More importantly, my hair didn’t look plastered to my head, even after using the shampoo consecutively for three days. In between, I applied a gentle clarifying product (Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil shampoo) to get rid of build-up, and I skipped the conditioner except on my ends. Two weeks into this new volume-color-balancing routine and everything about my hair is still going strong.

Photo: Courtesy of By Byron

U.E.S. Bathing Beauties, Backstage At Vera Wang


“Gorgeous, creamy, golden fabulousness” is how makeup artist Lucia Pieroni described her handiwork backstage at Vera Wang, where she had taken up the task of creating the perfect Upper East Side woman. “She’s in her fabulous apartment and she just got back from the beach so she’s a little dusty,” the Clé de Peau color creator said, tearing into a palette of bronze, champagne, and shimmering ivory pigments. “There’s not much makeup, really,” she mentioned, prepping skin with Clé de Peau’s forthcoming Skin Finish Foundation and “adding the dewy on” with its new Luminizing Face Enhancer in 12 Gold, a prismatic highlighting palette due out in March. For a “slight tan,” Pieroni dusted Clé de Peau Blush 5 across the nose bridge. Eyes were defined using the two lightest shades from its new Eye Color Quad in 208, a mix of beiges and browns, while lips were tinted a shade of “see-through caramel” thanks to Clé de Peau’s Enriched Lip Luminizer in 220 Honey Nuts. To keep the almondine shape of the upper eyelid visible, Pieroni skipped the mascara. “You can’t see it when there’s too much on the lashes,” she lamented.

Hairstylist Orlando Pita was on a similar beachy tip. “It looks like the girls just came out of the water,” Pita said of the contrasting textures he had whipped up, showcasing a dry, matte-finish top section and a sleeker back. Coating strands with By Byron Spirulina Hairspray, Pita created middle parts and brushed hair back, pinning it along the neckline for a natural-looking bend. Then, using a fine-bristled brush, he back-combed around the hairline for deliberate frizz. “It’s simple organic beauty,” he surmised of the look.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

The Art Of Wearing Fake Bangs 101


The clip-on bang: Proper application can elude even the most savvy beauty connoisseur, yet its appeal is undeniable. Brow-grazing fringe one day, fringe-free the next—what’s not to like? Hair that looks a far cry from real, that’s what. But it doesn’t have to be that way, according to Orlando Pita. “I always love using hair pieces because you don’t know if it’s fake or if it’s real,” the stylist told us yesterday backstage at Doo.Ri where he was fastening fringe to models’ hairline to extend the designer’s long silhouettes. What’s his secret? “You need to take a bit of the side of the bangs and style it into the girls’ own hair.” He did that by spritzing already thinned out strands with By Byron Spirulina Hairspray and blowing them dry so they fluidly blended with the rest of the hair. Another tip? Use a comb instead of a brush when applying heat to achieve maximum flatness. “It’s the volume that makes it look fake,” Pita explained. Now you know.

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