24 posts tagged "Prabal Gurung"
“It’s all about a military look,” Jin Soon Choi said as Prabal Gurung’s women-on-the-front-lines mood board loomed large in the distance (more on the full beauty look in a moment). While female combat fighters likely don’t have time for a mani appointment, that didn’t stop the nail artist from devising a “simple, elegant” motif in their honor. “This is powerful nail art,” she offered, using Gurung’s forthcoming polish collection with Sally Hansen, due out later this year, to paint on a gold base with its lacquer in Coat of Arms, which she topped with two diagonal strokes of Loden Green, an army-inspired olive, creating what Choi described as a “skinny V.” “It’s the new moon manicure,” she insisted—or at least a fun new take on an old classic.
It was so hot and dark backstage at Prabal Gurung’s Spring show, which took place during New York’s early-September, rainforestlike conditions, that there was literally steam rising in the shadows as models assembled in first looks for rehearsal. Discomfort aside, it was the perfect backdrop for Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup look. “It’s a play on ethereal and haunted,” the flame-haired face painter explained as models like Kati Nescher and Joan Smalls blotted the sweat off of their brows, cheeks, and lips in between makeup brush strokes. That Tilbury had committed to an all-cream palette certainly helped matters. “Cream [formulas] makes it a lot easier,” she explained of the look that was heavy on melted-in contours.
After creating a base with MAC’s forthcoming Mineralize Moisture Fluid Liquid Foundation, Tilbury played with a palette of its new Sculpting Creams in Pure Sculpture and Coffee Walnut, working the emollient, earth-toned tints from the hallows of cheekbones up through the temples, along the jaw line, and through the sockets of eyes. Lids were given a touch of highlighter courtesy of a finger-dabbing of MAC Cream Color Base in Luna, a shimmering pearl, before its Prep + Prime Translucent Powder was dragged through the T-zone to further showcase the architecture of the face.
Paul Hanlon’s hair design was similarly amenable to the conditions. “It’s very nineties but also has a Sissy Spacek, seventies vibe as well,” the stylist said of his center-parted, deliberately flat, no-volume coifs. Massaging Schwarzkopf’s Osis Grip Extreme Hold Mousse into the roots and blowing it out for texture, Hanlon raked “loads” of its Osis Magic Finish Anti-Frizz Shine Serum through the mid-lengths to create separation so strands were “ropelike—skinny and languid.” As a finishing touch, he coated his hands with Osis’ Buff Light Styling Cream to smooth any flyways.
Tracylee’s nail designs were probably the closest thing to the contemporary art movement that compelled Gurung’s collection. “He was inspired by Amy Dicke and Anish Kapoor,” said the Sally Hansen nail ambassador, who was looking at a piece of Kapoor’s work when she devised Spring’s “blood-dripped nail.” Using one of the three latest shades from Gurung’s continued partnership with the brand, Tracylee slicked a trickle of Sally Hansen’s Angel Bite, a sanguine red, onto a sheer cream base. Apparition, a gunmetal gray, and Resurrection, a steely blue, will join the deep burgundy lacquer on shelves next year.
“The casting’s really considered, so I thought the hair should be, too,” hairstylist Paul Hanlon said backstage at Prabal Gurung yesterday, where the designer’s “uncursed”-themed show, which explored the ideas of heaven and hell through periods of black, then blue, then gold and white, necessitated a similarly linear coif. “The girls at the beginning have dark, dark hair but towards the end of the show, it’s almost white blond,” Hanlon explained, prepping strands with Tigi Catwalk Curl Collection Curlesque Strong Mousse, blowing them dry, then adding a hit of its Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray, section by section, for a high-gloss finish. “It’s like Sissy Spacek—flat, narrow hair that’s very pure,” he added, fashioning middle parts that kept the hair deliberately graphic so that it didn’t conflict with the embellishments in Gurung’s clothes.
While Hanlon took the designer’s other influence, the Japanese blue rose, as a green light to mimic Asian hair—”it’s very straight; there’s no movement”—makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury chose a much more literal translation of the prized bloom, playing with turquoise, teal, and cobalt shadows and liners for what she deemed a “hypnotic” eye. “There’s always a story here,” Tilbury said, referencing last season’s “intoxicating” tri-colored lips before throwing out Fall’s makeup references, which included Avatar and scarab beetles. Prepping skin with MAC Face and Body Foundation for an “innocent, fresh” finish, Tilbury used blue and green shades from its forthcoming eye shadow palette in Delft, as well as its Pigment in Blue Brown and its Eyeshadow in Fresh Water, to create a wash of iridescent color. MAC Technakohl Liner in Smoothblue was used to rim both the upper and lower lashline. “There’s a dual tonality,” Tilbury said of the corresponsing flashes of aquamarine and teal, which she described as “precise but very raw” (while examining her team’s handiwork, the flame-haired face painter would proclaim, “more like the feather of a bird of paradise” if she felt the pigment had been applied too angularly). “I don’t want to see a mess—it’s still beauty,” she chirped.
The same blue was echoed in the nails in the form of Blue Rose, one of four new polishes in Prabal Gurung’s continuing collaboration with Sally Hansen. Manicurist Jin Soon coordinated the steely shade with Onyx, a black she gave to the show’s first group of models, and Gilded Lily, a dense gold she applied to its final group, who wore the celestial gowns at the end of Gurung’s show. Ivory Skull, the fourth varnish in the collection, will also be available when the range hits stores in October.
The beauty look backstage at Prabal Gurung’s Spring show was one of the season’s most memorable in large part due to the tri-colored, molten lip crafted by makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. “It’s like there is an intoxicating flower coming out of her mouth,” Tilbury said backstage of the purple, magenta, and fuchsia pouts that were meant to look like they were in bloom, in line with Gurung’s heavy-on-the-florals collection. And while Gurung’s new, kaleidoscope-inspired pre-fall line is not meant to push the petal theme any further, we couldn’t help but notice that there is still an emphasis on a stellar, albeit subdued, lip. “We went with a very natural look—nothing too crazy,” makeup artist Hannah Murray told Style.com during Gurung’s pre-fall lookbook shoot last month. “These girls are so strong they don’t need much,” Murray said, referring to models Ming Xi, Kate King, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Alana Zimmer, whom she gave a “rocker punk edge” courtesy of Topshop’s truly divine Lip Stick in Coy, a matte coral color that provided the perfect fresh and tough effect. Following a kick of mascara, Murray imparted a slight sheen to the skin with an illuminator, like Armani’s Fluid Sheer, to hammer home an effortlessly chic finish that was complemented by hairstylist Esther Langham’s middle-parted, saturated strands. That’s right, dear readers; Spring’s wet look appears to be in full effect for pre-fall.
Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?