54 posts tagged "Diane Kendal"
“He’s going back to his roots,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said of Alexander Wang at the designer’s show yesterday. Gone was the high-concept, Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired clay-dipped knots Palau treated us to for Spring; in their place, piecey strands with a “messy” middle part that he prepped with Redken’s Sculpture Wax, incorporating a slight bend for texture with Sultra’s Playmate curling iron before gathering the back into a loose, low ponytail. Adding an admirable set of “boyish brows” to the equation by filling in arches with a mix of MAC Eye Shadow in Brun, a warm coffee, and Carbon, a deep black, makeup artist Diane Kendal also harked back to Wang’s early days. “We tried bleached brows and a heavy smoky eye,” she said, “but decided the collection had a cooler edge with the bare face and stronger brow.” Hammering home said edge were eyes lined with MAC Eye Pencil in Smoulder jostled with a Q-tip to create a worn-in look. Butter London’s Nonie Crème was also on hand to paint on an update of the traditional “Alexander Wang nail.” “It’s the hypothermic version,” Crème said of the custom mix of her Hardwear top coat, Union Jack Black, and a single drop of Royal Navy for a sheer veil of gray polish that she topped off with her Nail Foundation for a flat finish. It was classic Wang—and all the better for it.
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux told us that metallics would be huge for Fall when we ran into him this morning, and they’ve already made two appearances today. The first was courtesy of Pecheux himself on cheeks and lips at Peter Som; the second came a few short hours later in the models’ hair at Jason Wu. “We are working on simplicity and elegance,” coiffing star Odile Gilbert said of her sleek updos, which featured a wide paintbrush-stroke of gold leaf pigment, designed to resemble a feather. Prepping hair with Aveda Smooth Infusions Style-Prep Smoother, Gilbert parted hair down the center before securing it in a ponytail above the nape of the neck with a clear elastic. Gathering the lengths, Gilbert twisted two sections together, folding them back into the base for a looped effect. “Jason was really inspired by the restoration of Versailles this season,” makeup artist Diane Kendal offered up as the reason behind Gilbert’s gilded hair streak and her own “rich, opulent eye,” which was the focus of the face. On clean skin, Kendal smudged MAC’s eye shadow in Smothered, a creamy blue pigment that’s new for Fall, across lids before blending it with MAC Through The Night eye shadow, a navy powder, on the inner and outer corners. Then, to add a bit of drama, she dragged its eye shadow in Carbon, a velvety black, downward at the outer corners. MAC eye liner in Marine Ultra sculpted both lash lines, while a dollop of Pigment in Old Gold in the center of the eye and in the inner corners added a luminescent glow. A few strokes of MAC Haute & Naughty mascara and a round of brow-bleaching kept things super-luxurious, but still modern. The same sensibility translated to nails, where CND’s Jan Arnold was on hand to show off pre-painted sets of deep burgundy polish accented with almond-shaped, gold-painted tips. That’d be one coat of CND Dark Ruby, topped off with one coat of Bloodline, followed by an elongated stroke of its Gold Chrome across the “smile line,” for those of you looking to play Jason Wu at home.
With Blue Valentine about to open in theaters, there’s been a lot of Michelle Williams to love lately—and personally we can’t get enough. The actress has been spotted in Jason Wu, Erdem, Azzaro, and just last night in a white strapless Dior minidress sporting that much discussed—and much appreciated—platinum pixie cut all the way. But we’d venture to say that the real hero of her countless red-carpet appearances has been those brows. Working a short haircut is no easy feat, and while Williams has the face for it, a darkened arch is essential to keeping the look both feminine and utterly cool—or ladylike with a “tough edge,” as makeup artist Diane Kendal described the Spring Proenza girl, who embodied a similar dichotomy. According to Kendal, the trick is making brows one shade darker than your natural hair color, using etching tools like MAC’s Impeccable Brow Pencils as well as a colored brush-on gel, like its Brow Set, to add an extra boost of pigment to hairs while keeping them in place. What do you think of the strong element—overpowering or totally fierce?
The vibe backstage at Proenza Schouler’s Spring show was “mature” and “sexy” with a “tough edge,” according to makeup artist Diane Kendal, but nude sculpted cheeks and darkened brows aren’t the only way to accessorize Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s fun, ladylike collection. Just ask Kate Bosworth. The actress borrowed look 35 right off the catwalk for the 27th annual Night of Stars at Cipriani downtown last night, adding a very sixties pale pink pout (that’s Lancôme’s Chris & Tell on her lips from its Pout-à-Porter designer series) and a similarly era-specific textured, teased updo to the equation. A large helping of mascara and a touch of pink blush on the cheeks finished off what was a delightful real-life runway adaptation. If only we too could get our hands on next season’s Proenza now (or ever). Thoughts on Bosworth’s beauty look?
The clothes at Proenza Schouler may have been more ladylike than usual, but Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez still wanted a “tough edge,” makeup artist Diane Kendal told us backstage last night. The edge in question came from making models’ arches one shade darker with a host of MAC’s Impeccable Brow Pencils and its Brow Set, as well as a precise placement of its Sculpt and Shape Powders in Sculpt and Taupe, which Kendal pressed underneath cheeks. “Mature,” “sexy,” and “unkempt” were words hairstylist Paul Hanlon added to the inspiration mix, choosing to fashion “French twists that have fallen out—as though she’s slept on the bus on the way home.” Wherever the Proenza girl was, it must’ve been quite the party. Hanlon whipped up that side-parted, matted-down texture by prepping hair with Frédéric Fekkai’s Coif Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray, diffusing and creating “indentations” by spritzing its Sheer Hold Hairspray over a mesh cloth.