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Backstage At Michael Kors: Perfectly Imperfect


michaelkorsThe models at Michael Kors may have appeared bronzed and glowing (as they so often do), but makeup artist Dick Page was thinking in black and white, wanting to “just see tone and structure in the face.” While there were forties elements to the collection this season, Page didn’t proceed with a red lip, which would push the look strongly in the wrong direction, he explained. Instead, he evened the skin with a light layer of base and added warmth back in with Michael Kors Sporty Bronze Powder in Glow dusted along the hairline from temple to temple in a “horseshoe” shape. Page accented cheeks with Sexy Bronze Powder in Flush, a slightly rosier shade. To camouflage any darkness around the eyes, he encircled them with MAC Eye Shadow in Brule on fair-skinned models, and a brown-gold hue for deeper complexions. “It cancels shadows almost like concealer, but [the pigment] is so [sheer] you don’t read it as makeup,” he explained. After coating lashes with brown mascara, Page created a stain via layering: first applying a lip balm, painting on Glam Lip Lacquer in Dame (a berry hue) with a brush, blotting, putting on another coat of balm, adding one more coat of color, blotting, and sheering it out with a final slick of balm. (Phew!) To diffuse the edges of the lipstick, he rimmed the mouth with the same shadow used on the eyes. “The girl looks very healthy, alive, and animated because Michael really likes that kind of energy—so [we did] that in the most precise and discreet way possible,” concluded Page.

As for the tousled updos created by hair pro Orlando Pita, where models were meant to look as if they’d just had “a romp,” he began by randomly curling sections with a one-inch curling iron to add a bend to the hair. For the undone, chunky texture, he worked Schwarzkopf Osis+ Dust It (a mattifying powder) into strands with his fingers, then twisted them into a loose chignon—being sure to leave loads of pieces out around the face, as the designer requested “bits flying,” and set with hairspray. When asked how he skirts the balance between romantically rumpled and plain old disheveled, Pita said, “You have to go over-messy for the runway or a photograph; the film and light polish everything up.” I think it’s safe to say I won’t have any trouble nailing that part.

Photos: Ivan Lattuada /

Beauty Sound Bites: Keeping the Nail-Art Spirit Alive



While a natural, beige nail seems to have won out this season at New York fashion week (appearing at Derek Lam, Vera Wang, and Michael Kors among many others), the manicurist at Proenza Schouler has no intentions of going bare:

“Nail art has been alive for years—Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Detroit—for me it never dies. It may go down to a solid [color] or something more mild [for Spring 2014], but I’m always going to have a party.”

And to that, we say: Lacquer up and dance like nobody’s watching.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Eye Spy: Solange’s Turquoise Liner


SolangecollageCompared to her older sis Beyoncé, who tends to stick to a consistent beauty routine (perfect highlighted, wavy locks; tawny makeup with a bit of shimmer; and a neutral pout), Solange Knowles takes a more adventurous approach, and has recently experimented with everything from lengthy box braids reminiscent of Janet Jackson circa Poetic Justice to vibrant red-orange lipstick straight out of a J.Crew catalog. Last night, the ever-present singer performed at Atlantis Super Wash Center in Brooklyn, for The Fader‘s #uncapped series, rocking edgy turquoise floating “banana” eyeliner in a crescent shape just above her curled lashes. It made us recall Dick Page’s work backstage at the Michael Kors Spring ’13 show (right) and, more recently, the electric-blue kohl under-liner from Chanel’s Resort runway (left). What do you think of Solange’s blue period?

Photos: Yoshi Okamoto; Getty Images; Luca Cannonieri /

Michael Kors Bets on Beauty


Michael Kors is no stranger to the beauty world, and his successful lineup of fragrances has paved the way for an edited range of cosmetics over the years. Seasoned beauty vets will recall the limited-edition pink-tinged Very Hollywood makeup palettes Kors designed to complement his best-selling perfume of the same name threeyears ago, and the same subset of style junkie is likely still stocking his Leg Shine [], a revolutionary roll-on shimmering skin tint that makes for insta-sexy gams. For his next trick, Kors is going big with an extensive cosmetics range that has been created in collaboration with Estée Lauder. Divided into three distinct collections—Sporty, Sexy, and Glam—each emotion has a fragrance, along with key color products, including two Lip Lacquer shades, two Lip Luster glosses, and two nail polishes, in a shade selectionthat ranges from nude-taupes and blue-reds to more edgy plums. Three BronzePowders will also be on offer, as well as sun and body products, like the Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil, the Shimmer Bath Beads, the After Sun Gelee, and the After Sun Lip Balm, which is modeled after eighties-era zinc-oxide products. “It’s wardrobing in the beauty world, the way I do in clothing and accessories,” Kors says of the new venture due out in August. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of WWD

“Block” Eyes And Sleek Severity, Backstage At Michael Kors


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.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /