55 posts tagged "Dick Page"
We’ve become accustomed to seeing Michael Kors’ woman with a sun-kissed glow from her time spent skiing or on safari, so when we spied a graphic black cat-eye backstage for Fall, makeup artist Dick Page immediately had our attention. “I met with Michael and Paul Cavaco, who styled the show, and amongst other things was the idea of an uptown girl heading downtown to party, or the club kid going up to Mr. Chow’s for dinner”—a good old-fashioned dose of culture-clashing, if you will.
After perusing a selection of reference pictures, the Shiseido artistic director decided to focus on an eye, but not just any eye. “I played for a while and ended up with this block shape, which we thought was just more interesting than smoky, winged, etc.” Using Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar to build the shape from the center of the lid outward, Page diffused the pigment with the powdery onyx and shimmering pink shadows from its forthcoming Eye Color Bar, creating a sheered-out rectangle. Adding a highlight to the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone with its Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Pale Shell, a champagne, Page placed a luminescent glow beneath the lower lash line on the high point of the cheekbones for contrast. Beefing up the outer third of the upper lash line with a liquid black liner, Page swiped on a few coats of mascara before toning down lips by sponging on a mixture of Shiseido’s Benefiance Lip Balm mixed with foundation.
Complementing the urban-chic makeup were Orlando Pita’s sleek, high ponytails—which every girl, Karlie Kloss included, received. Designers have taken something of a “come as you are” approach to the bevy of catwalkers who cut their hair short last season, but not Michael Kors. If you enlisted in his runway army, you did so knowing that you were fighting for uniformity.
Narciso Rodriguez may increasingly be experimenting with color in his collections, but the complementary hair and makeup looks at his shows seem to be getting more and more stripped down in the process. Citing the success of Spring’s fresh, transparent face, Shiseido artistic director Dick Page confirmed that Rodriguez was keen on a repeat appearance. “I went to look at the clothes, and Narciso said, ‘I really loved how the girls looked last season. Can we do that again?’ I said sure. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“It’s almost untouched,” Page elaborated of the nearly nude faces. “For a lot of women, it’s not enough,” he joked of the light-handed approach for which he swiped lids with the brown shadow from Shiseido’s limited-edition Eye Color Bar, while giving brows a “sketch of color” and definition with its Eyebrow Styling Compact. As he dabbed lips with its forthcoming Perfect Rouge lipstick in Harmony, a dark crimson, he asked, “So if you didn’t see that happen, you wouldn’t think she was wearing lipstick, right?” In fact, every model looked as though she was sporting a slightly tinted balm rather than full-on color. Sticking to the theme of simplicity, cheeks got a customized dusting of Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color while nails were kept short, round, and varnished with two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s ultra-sheer nude polish in Naked.
Paul Hanlon also picked up where he left off for Fall, bringing a certain ease to the hair as Rodriguez’s newly installed lead hairstylist. Creating imperfect center parts, Hanlon gave models smoothing blow-outs before applying a mist of hair spray to help slick strands behind the ears. Lengths were given a slight bend to create movement, but the key was to not do too much, thus letting Rodriguez’s traditionally understated clothes make the statement.
Arriving backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs was a slightly jarring experience, for two reasons: first and foremost, it’s a rare occasion to see Jacobs and his glam squad of Shiseido artistic director of makeup, Dick Page, and Redken creative consultant Guido Palau at the tents. Also throwing us off was the deliberate, albeit uncharacteristic, tinge of glamour behind the hair-and-makeup look. “It’s a bit more prim,” Page said of the designer’s Fall collection, which prompted him to slick on an impossibly glossy, “spunky” red lip for the occasion.
“I’m using an OCD lip technique,” he joked of a nonstop layering effort by which he blended Shiseido’s forthcoming shades of its Lacquer Rouge in Sanguine, a deep red, and Drama, a rosy crimson, keeping the skin “quite real” with minimal coverage foundation. Eyes were given a neutral slick of Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable, a warm brown, which Page defined with the same product in Caviar, a rich black, on the outer third of the upper lash line. As a finishing touch, he blended the colors together with Shiseido’s Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment for a greasy finish.
“It’s a take on the forties meets seventies,” Guido Palau offered of the beauty look, which included side-parted pin curls that had been prepped with Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, put through a barrel curling iron, brushed out, and teased before models hit the runway, so the style wasn’t “too lady” and a little more “disheveled.” Slipping a bobby pin into the front of the hairline to create “a kiss” over the eyes, Palau spritzed a halo of Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray over the entire head for hold.
Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Dick Page, makeup artist and artistic director for Shiseido.
The Product: “I discovered Bourjois Cendres des Roses Brune in the eighties when the Bourjois brand first launched outside of France in England. At the time, I had no money at all and there was a very kind sales associate at the Boots in Bristol, England, who always provided me with samples and old testers. Cendres des Roses Brune, which translates to ‘brown ashes of roses,’ was this incredible, slightly old-fashioned, grayish-red tone of blush, and it was so completely luxurious to me. It wasn’t really about the application but about how it felt to use the product. At the time, I was using mostly theatrical and drugstore makeup brands since that was all I could afford. So the Bourjois blush was magical, almost like a step into a different world, and it felt very elegant and grown-up to apply. I think it expanded my horizons in the way that I thought about the possibilities around color. I no longer have the original—I owned it back when God was a boy. But now, in my career with Shiseido, I look to create colors that can offer this same sophistication.”
Today, L’Oréal announced that it’s adding cult indie cosmetics brand Urban Decay to its luxury division, which currently boasts labels like YSL Beauté and Ralph Lauren. “[Urban Decay] is the makeup specialist we needed to fully satisfy young women in search of playful colors…at an accessible price point,” said L’Oréal Luxe president Nicolas Hieronimus. [WWD]
Following the likes of Clémence Poésy, Anja Rubik, and Chloë Sevigny, Finnish catwalker Suvi Koponen has been named the latest face of Chloé Eau de Parfum. Koponen is a favorite of the French house, having recently starred in Chloé’s Fall ready-to-wear ads. [Paris Vogue]
Speaking of models with blockbuster beauty contracts, Sui He landed the job as Shiseido’s new brand ambassador back in September. Today, a behind-the-scenes video with the Chinese stunner and makeup artist Dick Page hit the Web, giving us a first look at the forthcoming campaign. [Models.com]
Beyoncé’s Tumblr page has become a source of great joy for many of us, and this weekend’s update—a pic of the megastar with daughter Blue Ivy Carter on vacation—didn’t disappoint. Aside from her Aurélie Bidermann gold bling, what really stood out to us were the beach-y cornrows that reminded us of Beyoncé’s golden days in Destiny’s Child.