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Flashback Fridays is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Laura Ponte
The Moment: Baby Blues
The Motivation: There’s nothing new about blue eyeshadow, but what can be surprising is the way in which it is applied. At Dior’s Fall 2014 show in Paris a few weeks ago, we watched as makeup artist Pat McGrath swathed latex paint in a cerulean shade across models’ lids. The idea was fresh, supercool, and, quite frankly, a stroke of genius. We imagine McGrath might have been inspired by an image similar to this one from a nineties issue of Elle Germany, but her ability to look at a trend that took off in the eighties and add an interesting, high-tech twist is a perfect example of a pro taking inspiration from the past while still looking toward the future.
Lashes and cornrows—two of the trends we’ve seen time and again this season—were taken to breathtaking extremes backstage. One could say that pushing things to the max was a signature of the late Alexander McQueen: “This was something Alexander really liked—it feels like a classic code of the house,” said Guido Palau. The never-ending plait dreamed up by the mane master and executed by a team of braiders was no doubt “severe,” but the long, flowing extensions that caught the wind on the runway gave the “silhouette a certain softness.”
“It’s futurism mixed with nature,” Pat McGrath said of the two gasp-inducing looks she devised for the show. “We decided to do the owl world in a punk eye makeup way.” Black spiky feathers hand cut and designed by the face painter were painstakingly glued one by one onto the brows and top lashes. “When would I ever make it easy?” she quipped of the dramatic maquillage that took nearly four and a half hours to complete. Her second creation (worn by the majority of the models) played with shading and light in lieu of plumes—using brick red, silver, and gold metallic pigments to lend a “futuristic” feeling to the face. The end result not only incited a frenzy of flashes from photographers (particularly around the catwalkers with those phenomenal “mothlike” eyes), but also perfectly captured the “McQueen world of innocence, romance, and darkness” with a sensitivity and boldness that won’t soon be forgotten.
“We wanted to do something that wasn’t classic or as normal as a braid or pony, so I added another dimension to the Valentino woman,” said Guido Palau of the superlong tails (26 inches, to be exact) that cascaded down models’ spines. The “dimension” came by way of “little balls or bubbles” that were tied off with black elastic—”a very sort of seventies, late sixties kind of idea,” he noted. The strict center part, slight height at the crown, and hair pulled over the ears—all quintessential beauty signatures of the house—remained.
Face painter Pat McGrath played with light and shading again this season (using a pale powder on the outside of the cheeks and a pearly highlighter above the Cupid’s bow), but added a touch of “eccentricity” with a gray-blue liner on the top and bottom lash lines. Judging by the end result, a dash of whimsy was the perfect way to up the ante on the label’s no-fail hair and makeup recipe.
“We really wanted the girls to look absolutely beautiful, but different,” explained Pat McGrath of the look at Givenchy. The “beautiful” half of the equation was achieved via skin highlighted to a “shimmery perfection,” pinky-peach blush dusted on cheeks, beige shadow washed around the eyes, and white liner run along the inner rims. The “otherworldly and surreal” element came courtesy of bleached brows and square-cut, crimson “face tapes” layered with a “plastic coating” on both temples. A string was secured underneath, pulled taut, and tied at the back of the head—gently tugging models’ faces upward. It was definitely not meant to mimic a facelift, however, McGrath noted when asked. After all, these are teenage girls (at least in the case of Kendall Jenner) we’re talking about. The tape—meant to be seen as a fashion accessory—was very much a “statement of today.” The conjoined pigtail braids by Luigi Murenu were as graphic and interesting as the maquillage and certainly otherworldly in that there is no way on earth you’re going to be able to DIY this double plait.
“I want to give them a look that isn’t a look—that’s Stella’s thing,” said Eugene Souleiman. “It’s like the hair real girls do before they go out and they’re in a rush.” (For the record, my hair has never looked like this when I’m running late.) After Souleiman made a center part, strands were misted with water to revive each girl’s unique and natural texture. The length was then scraped back into a low pony at the nape, the elastic pulled down for a more voluminous, billowy look. Some of the tails were then tucked into the pieces in the collection with high necks or underneath the collar of a jacket. “I don’t want them to look like models, because I think Stella designs beautiful clothes that real people buy,” Souleiman explained of the low-key, wearable style.
Pat McGrath received the same brief but was sure to account for the early morning call time. “It’s about no makeup, but just a little added freshness,” she said. After all, everyone—even those who are genetically blessed—needs a touch of foundation, a wash of taupe around the eyes, brown mascara, and a hint of blush before 9 a.m.