July 26 2014

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Big Sur Beauty, Backstage at Michael Kors


michael-korsA West Coast girl who comes to the city was Orlando Pita’s jumping-off point. “She still has these chunky pieces from surfing,” he noted. A combination of Pita’s own dry shampoo and Schwarzkopf Osis Dust was applied throughout strands for texture before he crafted a “kind of cornrow” and pinned it up in the back. He pulled out pieces in front to mimic wind-blown hair—you know, the aftermath of driving the scenic roads of Big Sur in a convertible, an activity that Michael Kors told me he enjoys every time he visits California.

“If you don’t impose a line or shape on the face, you maintain integrity of the natural features, and that’s always what is most beautiful to me,” said Dick Page of the sun-kissed look. Similar to last season, he employed the designer’s Sporty Bronze Powder in Glow, dusting it along the contours of the cheeks and buffing it into the skin with translucent powder. “It’s not Shake ‘n Bake, but warm,” he explained of models’ tanned faces. Brows were defined and a chocolate hue was smudged around the eye before it was topped with a clear balm (like Aquaphor) for shine. “The old-fashioned theater [trick] was to put a red dot in the [inner] corners to make the eyes look more alive and whiter,” he said. “A contemporary thing to do is put a flash of color and grease [around the tear duct] to pick up the light.” Top lashes were emphasized with black mascara, while the lips were dabbed with lipstick in Dame “dosed with a bit of brown.” The inspiration for the color came from a somewhat unusual place: Baptiste Radufe. “Michael thinks everyone should have his natural lip color,” he said. After coming face-to-face with the male model backstage, I can confidently say that his pout was in fact the perfect shade of mauve-y plum. Some boys have all the luck.

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It’s All in the Details, Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez


narcisoSubtle—it’s a word we’ve often heard backstage at Narciso Rodriguez, and this season was no different. Inspired by an iridescent, gray-green paillette on a slipdress from the collection, makeup pro Dick Page added a flash of sheer pink or mint from the forthcoming Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static to the inner corners and lightly along the upper and lower lash lines. “The interference pigments in the green reflect gold, and for the pink, they reflect red-violet,” he explained. Arches were filled in and lips were topped off with Lacquer Rouge in Viola, a rose-brown. “There are a lot of really bold color choices in the collection—I would have been happy to swipe one of those for the face—but it just seemed to make more sense with what we’re doing to keep it open and transparent.”

To create the “controlled” but not “board-like” hair, Paul Hanlon saturated the roots with CHI Volume Booster and the mid-lengths and ends with Silk Infusion, then blew them dry with a round brush. A flatiron was glided through to smooth out any kinks before a hairspray was misted section by section across the crown and brushed through with a bristle brush to form a “graphic line around the hairline,” Hanlon explained of the sleek, center-parted strands. The length was then tucked behind the ears before a wax was glossed over the surface for shine. “The formality of the hair and the brow gives the face the structure—the rest is just decoration,” Page said of the finished product.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

“Sweet and Sour” Beauty, Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs


marcbymarc“It’s a little bit ninja, a little bit manga, a little bit Wednesday Addams,” hair pro Guido Palau explained of the inspiration behind the braided pigtails at Marc by Marc Jacobs. “The clothes are a bit more sophisticated this season, so the hair had to be quite young, but still have an edge to it—a sweet-and-sour kind of effect.” He began by working Redken Shape Factor 22 sculpting cream through the strands, rough-drying them, and finishing with a Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender (a dry shampoo) for texture and control before forming two schoolgirl-esque plaits. Then a black headband was slipped on and the hairline scruffed up to lend the look a punky vibe. The end result was “a cartoonish kind of a character,” Palau noted.

To help those pigtails feel more badass, makeup pro Dick Page densely rimmed the upper and lower waterlines using black cream liner and a soft lip brush, then “piled on the mascara.” He kept the skin as bare as possible—opting out of both a mouth and a cheek. “It’s the gesture of a kid who is trying makeup for the first time,” he said. Well, at least one who’s very adept at applying eyeliner.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

EXCLUSIVE: Angels in Action


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We gave you the first look from behind the scenes at Victoria’s Secret, and now we’re offering you yet another sneak peek (and not in snippet form as you’ve likely seen posted all over Instagram) before the bedazzled bras and toned bodies make their official television debut on December 10. In order to avoid creating an army of Angels, hair pro Orlando Pita kept each model’s length as is to “show individual style,” but created those signature bed-heady, glossy waves that are core to the VS woman. Makeup artist Dick Page’s mission was simple: “Not get in the way.” He put it quite simply, saying that when you book a room filled with beautiful girls, the best thing to do is not mess with a good thing. And wings aside, one of the things that sets this show apart from a more traditional runway is that there’s life and animation strutting down the catwalk. “A lot of fashion shows are very straight, dour, and serious, and this is kind of a celebration,” added Page. Brush up on your no-pants dance and prepare to party.

Video: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

Beauty Sound Bites: Dick Page Keeps It Real


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“It’s not really a fashion show—it’s a fantasia. This is what people, the civilians, think fashion shows are like…that everyone is gorgeous and busty. But we know, in the trenches, that fashion shows aren’t glamorous at all.”

The legendary face painter pulled back the proverbial (and for all intents and purposes, pink) curtain on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The backstage area—swathed from floor to ceiling in varying shades of rose chiffon—is quite lavish in comparison to fashion week. There are well-rested supers wrapped in silky, striped robes, chairs available to sit on, working WiFi, and more important, breathing room. These are all luxuries that those of us “in the trenches” rarely get to experience. Then again, when you’re accommodating Angels, the scene has to be stepped up.

Photos: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret