August 20 2014

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9 posts tagged "Donatella Versace"

Lush Lashes and Locks, Backstage at Versace


versace“Donatella simply wanted glamorous, but more of a clean glamour,” explained Pat McGrath. Gone was the smudgy liner from Spring 2014, but the double set of faux lashes remained. Eyes were further emphasized with a taupe shadow in the contours, and brows were softly groomed. A tawny lipstick and gloss polished off the lips. “This is her version of natural makeup,” McGrath said of the designer, who sports a strangely similar look.

The sixties were referenced yet again backstage by Guido Palau, who called upon the era by creating volume at the crown. After extensions were added in for thickness, the rest of the hair was kept “poker straight” using a combination of Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender and Guts (a volumizing spray foam), then subsequently flatironed. After backcombing the Bardot-esque bump in with a rattail comb, the style was set with Forceful 23 hair spray. “Per the usual, it’s very glamorous hair for a very high-maintenance woman,” Palau summarized. Seeing as this is the house of Versace, we would expect nothing less.

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Strong and Sleek, Backstage at Atelier Versace


atelier-versace-cropCouture clients tend to know who they are, and Donatella Versace knows that her client lives in sync with her own taste for sleek, lustrous, perfect hair. Reflecting that spirit, hair guru Guido Palau brushed models’ strands (plus a good deal of extensions) stick-straight. Using Redken Satinwear 02 Blow-Dry Lotion and the lock-taming Redken Iron Silk 07 Ultra-Straightening Spray, he swept models’ hair cleanly back from a center part with a Mason Pearson brush—and for the handful of girls sporting hoods, Palau pulled everything back into a tight, silky bun at the nape of the neck. He knocked out any flyaways with Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil as he went along. “This is super-simple, classic Versace hair,” he noted.

“It’s very Donatella with a little hint of Grace Jones,” commented makeup artist Pat McGrath as she gave models a final look before the show. Accentuating the lush lashes and blend of bronze, gold, and brown shadows on the lids was a shot of electric blue on the inside corner of models’ eyes. She said of the total package: “It’s very rich, very beautiful, very Versace.”

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Gaga’s Jet-Set Hair Swap



After I board a plane, I feel lucky if I manage to remove my makeup with a wipe before I pass out into a Unisom-induced slumber, typically wedged up against the side of the aircraft. But if you’re Lady Gaga, however, you do a complete in-flight outfit switch and hair change. She departed LAX with Donatella Versace-like blond strands and arrived at Narita in Tokyo with a throwback bob (reminiscent of a put-together Pan Am stewardess). While a team of hairstylists and makeup artists isn’t available to the majority of us who fly commercial, there is one thing we can all take away from her makeover at 35,000 feet: Sport sunglasses to cover up bleary eyes and mascara smudges. As for your hair, may I suggest a hat…or if you’re prepping for the paps or just feeling ambitious, a wig à la Gaga.

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A Relaxed Rock Star Look, Backstage At Versace


versace-beauty“For Donatella, this is very minimal makeup,” said face painter Pat McGrath. But then again, only Donatella would consider a set and a half of false lashes “minimal.” With Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour serving as muses (there were concert-like tees, ruched biker shorts, and a shimmery take on denim incorporated into the collection), McGrath created a rocker-worthy eye by rimming the upper and lower rims and waterlines with an ebony-colored pencil. For a smoky finish, she topped off the black along the bottom lashes with a gray-brown powder shadow. In addition to mascara, faux fringe was used to amplify the eyes, and a half pair was stacked on the outer corners for an elongating effect. The rest of the face was actually quite pared down—with a clear balm on lips, a hint of nude-rose blush for warmth, and a touch of highlighter dabbed on the cupid’s bow, cheekbones, inner corners and center of the lids.

As for the hair, Los Angeles was yet again mentioned backstage—this time the music scene—and strands were left lank and nearly untouched. Mane master Guido Palau made a center part and misted Redken Powder Refresh 01 all over for texture—concentrating the majority of product from mid-length to ends. For girls who needed slightly more help to achieve “movement,” he wound strands into a chignon and released them just before show time, while other members of Palau’s team opted to wrap sections loosely around a curling iron.

The total package wasn’t nearly as complicated as we’ve seen in season’s past (in fact, the majority of models were ready by 5:30 for a 7 p.m. show), but the beauty DNA remained unchanged, explained Palau. “Its still got the same code—rock ‘n’ roll and sexiness—[both] key to the Versace woman.”

Donatella Talks Beauty Maintenance; Caffeine Does A Body Good; And More…


VFiles has just launched a new video series called Pretty Global, which follows top international models as they experience the wacky world of beauty treatments. First up is Issue 4 star Xiao Wen Ju, who tries her hand—or should we say cheeks and jaw?—at a session of facial yoga. [V Files]

At Vogue U.K.’s Vogue Festival in London this weekend, Donatella Versace revealed a little insight into her beauty regimen. “I stopped working with a personal trainer, as he wouldn’t let me smoke,” the formidable Italian designer admitted, adding “I’m not like this genetically. I use tons of cream and take care of my hair and skin.” [Vogue U.K.]

First came the aloe-vera-infused jeans that claim to moisturize parched limbs as you wear them, and now comes word of caffeine-tinged shapewear designed to break down cellulite while creating a smoother silhouette. What will they think of next? [Daily Mail]

Celebrity beauty deals are starting to get ugly. As Katy Perry faces a legal battle with her hair care endorsement company, ghd, Selena Gomez is apparently being sued by her fragrance licensing company, Adrenalina, for pulling out of her contract unexpectedly and for what they allege to be “nonsensical reasons.” [Perez Hilton]

The “Rachel” has apparently beget the “Thatcher.” Since Margaret Thatcher’s death earlier this month, many a Briton has reportedly requested the former Prime Minister’s signature set at the hair salon. [Daily Mail]

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