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The Pretty Reckless, Backstage At L’Wren Scott


“She wanted something a little disheveled and deconstructed, so I imagined an exaggerated version of her,” celebrity coiffing star Serge Normant said of the texturized, side-sweeping strands he created for L’Wren Scott’s Fall show. “I’m using a lot of my dry shampoo,” Normant added, referring to his recently launched Meta Revive Dry Shampoo with Cedar Bark, which joins a full lineup of eponymous products he now uses exclusively when tending to the tresses of Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, and Gisele Bündchen, among other famous heads of hair. Normant’s Meta Lush Volumizer and Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray were also in heavy rotation backstage, ensuring that his “loose, second-day hair” didn’t appear too stiff or too dry. “It’s girls who just roll out of bed in the morning—or at night—and just go.”

Lancôme artistic director of makeup Aaron De Mey took a similar inspiration and added Scott’s request for a “dangerous eye,” which yielded, well, Taylor Momsen. “It’s nice to see a teenager experimenting with makeup,” De May said as he sculpted the Gossip Girl‘s signature raccoon eyes onto models’ lids using Lancôme’s Le Crayon Kohl eyeliner in Black Ebony smudged outwards to hold a hefty helping of the black pigment from its Gris Fatale eye shadow palette due out in the fall. “I wanted them to look like femmes fatales—rich, luxurious, and expensive,” De Mey continued, piling layer upon layer of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama mascara onto lashes for a clumpy sixties feel. To tone down the Momsen effect just a little, De Mey dabbed Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge La Base lip balm onto the tops of models’ cheekbones for a “girly sheen” before swiping it across pouts and blending it with a bit of concealer to make the look “realistic and cooler.” The Pretty Reckless front woman was back in full force with manicurist Yuna Park’s black shimmering nail, though, courtesy of Lancôme’s forthcoming lacquer in Noir 29.

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme

L’Wren For Lancôme, A Spring Preview


The eclectic palette of the Serengeti plains inspired the makeup look backstage at L’Wren Scott, where Lancôme creative director of makeup Aaron De Mey debuted something special for the occasion: 12 different matte texture pigment pots in shades like deep amethyst, midnight blue, sea green, teal, saffron, and red, which he meticulously brushed onto models’ lids and dragged underneath their lower lash lines. Lancôme’s Color Design Eye Shadow in It List, a matte black, held the loose pigment in place, and De Mey sculpted the crease of the lids with a “beachy” taupe shadow for dimension. “The more layers you have in the eye makeup, the more richness you get,” he said, lining girls’ inner rims with Lancôme’s Le Grand Kohl Eyeliner in Black Ebony and hand-painting lashes with its Hypnôse Drama mascara. De Mey’s specialized pigments weren’t just confined to the eyes; hairstylist Odile Gilbert also brushed coordinating colors onto models’ scalps, where she had created a three-quarters part—not down the center or to the side, but somewhere in between—for beautiful brushed-out waves. In De Mey’s estimation, 60 percent of the shadows used already exist in Lancôme’s color coffers, but the brand hinted that it will likely be rolling out a capsule collection of them in collaboration with Scott after her first beauty range for the French company debuts next month.

Speaking of L’Wren for Lancôme, the bordeaux polish from her forthcoming holiday line was featured on models’ fingertips at the show, along with a new saffron lacquer that just may make a cameo at the retail counter for spring as well.

Photo: Clockwise from left, courtesy of Lancôme; Luca Cannonieri /

Paint It Gray


Yesterday at Oscar de la Renta, we saw manicurist Yuna Park applying a totally lust-worthy deep asphalt lacquer to models’ fingertips. “I couldn’t find the right shade so I had to make this one,” Park told us, dashing any hopes we may have had about getting our hands on a bottle. But all is not lost: Park was using a nearly identical grayish-blue varnish this morning at the L’Wren Scott show. (Even Scott herself was sporting it and reportedly created this version with Lancôme’s Artistic Director for Makeup, Aaron De Mey). There’s no word as to whether Lancôme will be producing the polish as part of its fall color collection—but if the oohs and aahs it inspired in today’s showgoers are any indication, they absolutely should.

Photo: Courteys of Lancôme; Greg Kessler/

Pretty In Pink


Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez this week, makeup artist Dick Page chose to go without mascara. When a stunned journalist asked him why—”everyone needs mascara!” she exclaimed—Page disagreed. “I don’t really get it,” he said. “I think blusher is way more important. If you’re at death’s door, a little bit will get you through the interview.” And he’s not the only one of this opinion. Hefty helpings of true pink blush—and in some cases a corresponding pink eye and lip to go with it—might be the Spring makeup story to come out of New York fashion week. Lancôme artistic director for makeup Aaron De Mey’s version of the monochromatic look backstage at L’Wren Scott yesterday was possibly its most beautiful outing. Working with Scott’s collection of sheath dresses in shades of dusty pink, deep rose, soft pink, and beige, De Mey chose Lancôme Color Design Blush in Pret-a-Plum and dabbed it onto the apples of models’ cheeks, working upward toward the temple. “L’Wren wanted very matte, powdery skin,” he explained, so his pinks went onto a velvety base that recalled the Edwardian era from which Scott drew inspiration for her designs. The pièce de résistance of De Mey’s handiwork, however, was the lip he built with Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Berry Noir topped off with a coating of its Color Fever Gloss in Molten, which provided a bee-stung effect with a glassy finish. As a naughty aside, manicurist Yuna Park painted the nails in Lancôme’s Untamed Plum, a blackened aubergine shade that will debut with its Holiday collection in November. (Word on the street is that the lacquers that premiere at Scott’s show tend to sell out upon release, so keep an eye out for this one.)

Photo: Greg Kessler

Lancôme Returns For Backstage Beauty


When makeup artist Gucci Westman made the switch from Lancôme to Revlon last year, making room for Aaron De Mey to fill her very big artistic director of makeup shoes, the French beauty company took a brief hiatus from backstage show sponsorship. One season and more than a few extraordinarily successful makeup launches later—Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black included—Lancôme is back, with De Mey taking the reins at L’Wren Scott next week. This is the man who effortlessly layered the low-pigment gloss over red lipstick and then decreed it a useful, high-shine eye color as well. We’re looking forward to seeing his handiwork.

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme