171 posts tagged "Redken"
“All in all, it’s very architectural and sporty,” Pat McGrath said of the look backstage at Lanvin this afternoon. We imagine it’d be hard to do most anything athletic with the two pairs of fake lashes McGrath glued to models’ upper lash lines, but catwalking isn’t really on par with cardio of, say, the basketball variety, so we’ll take it. Going for a “matte, natural” effect on the face, McGrath gave CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe Silk foundation another backstage turn after its unforgettable performance at Versace, contouring slightly across cheek bones and swiping a taupe shadow over eyes. Picking up on the collection’s scuba vibe, hair guru Guido Palau kept strands similarly straightforward. He started by finger-combing damp hair from scalp to ends with Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong gel, creating a wet ponytail at the nape of the neck and spraying generously with its Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine spray. Unlike last season, Palau noted, not every girl looked exactly alike. “There are some exceptions to the ponytail rule, but it’s still very Lanvin—strong and sexy but in a simple way.”
“It’s a big show for him,” hairstylist Guido Palau said backstage at Roberto Cavalli’s Spring presentation yesterday, which marked the designer’s 40th year in the rag trade. And for a big show comes big hair—although rather than make his statement with volume, Palau made it with length. To hammer home Cavalli’s rightful ownership of the seventies—the decade in which his sexed-up animal-print empire was born—Palau went with middle parts and hair so long it hit at the hip and swung in motion with the fringe that dangled off pretty much every piece the designer sent out. The look was reminiscent of the long, loose styles worn by Band-Aids—those quintessential seventies L.A. girls who “inspired” (often, ahem, bodily) the era’s rock ‘n’ rollers. Redken’s Align 12 Protective Straightening Balm provided those stick-straight strands, which were then exaggerated with nearly two feet of extensions, blended into models’ natural tresses using a flat iron and Redken’s Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine Spray.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath was on the same tip, crafting a smoky eye, which has become something of a staple at this show. Rimming lids with a black kohl eye pencil, McGrath blended a wash of brown shadow along the upper lash line, dragging it toward the brow bone and underneath the lower lash line for a “slept-in look.” A slight cheek contour and a balm-slicked mouth finished the whole look, which model Erin Wasson liked so much, she kept it intact, adding a brick red lip for the amfAR Milano gala later that night.
Picking just one beauty image from yesterday’s Versace show may have been the most difficult thing we did all day. Just about every single model backstage had the most gorgeous skin we’ve seen at the Spring shows yet. Lindsey Wixson ultimately won out because, well, she’s Lindsey Wixson (oh, that face!)—but don’t think for a second that the flawless complexion pictured above is solely due to the model-of-the-moment’s good genes and youth. No, credit must also be given to makeup artist Pat McGrath and her magic bottle of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk foundation, which has already wowed us backstage at both Anna Sui and Gucci, and sadly will not be available for purchase until January 2011. On top of this perfectly polished canvas, McGrath blended warm shades pink blush, applying CG’s LashBlast Length mascara in Black on the upper lash line to add dimension to a layer of of its Professional Eye Enhancer eye shadow in Mink, a soft taupe-y beige. “A new type of glamour,” is how hairstylist Guido Palau referred to the overall beauty look, which was a departure from Donatella Versace’s typical directive, which tends to involve dark, sultry eyes and a more-than-occasional dabble into big, voluminous blowouts. “It’s a strong, Helmut Newton sort of woman,” Palau added, slicking back tresses with Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong gel and fashioning low-slung knots, which he covered with a square piece of black PVC leather and secured with a hair tie. That super-glossy finish came courtesy of a quick smear of Redken’s Glass 01 Smoothing Serum right before models hit the runway.
We liked it backstage at Oscar de la Renta, and in its second outing at Alberta Ferretti’s Spring show yesterday, green eye shadow endeared itself to us even further. “Woodland nymph” is what makeup artist Lucia Pieroni was going for when she swiped MAC’s Eye Shadow in Juxt, a shimmering gilded moss color, onto models’ eyes, sheering it out as she moved toward the temple. A dusting of MAC’s Pigment in Vanilla on the center of lids provided that ethereal fairylike glow, which hairstylist Guido Palau complemented with what he called “natural bohemian hair.” Prepping strands with Redken’s Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel, Palau scrunched and finger-combed tresses as he dried, individualizing each model’s texture before she hit the runway.
Mandarin-painted lips are enjoying a bit of a second coming at New York fashion week. After electrifying the Fall 2009 season at shows like Rag & Bone, Karen Walker, Charles Anastase, and Kinder Aggugini, the eye-popping pout color has reappeared in a high-gloss incarnation at Jill Stuart, in neon at Ohne Titel, and at Marc by Marc Jacobs, where it made a very matte, very magnetic showing. To start things off, makeup artist Dick Page built a rosy cheek using alternating shades of Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Colors, which include two highlighters and four different pinkish hues, before slightly “sketching” models’ lash lines with its Smoothing Eye Liner Pencil in Black and blending in a dollop of its Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment on top for a glossy finish that “makes the entire look come alive.” Then came the lip, a vivid thing that included Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Day Lily layered with a bright orange pigment that Page is reportedly “working on.” As for hairstylist Guido Palau’s fluffy, brushed-out curls, the point was in fact to create the same look that wowed at big Marc on Monday night, but on a smaller scale. “She’s the younger sister of last night’s girl,” Palau said, prepping hair with Redken’s Thickening Lotion and rickracking sections by weaving them over and under bobby pins, flat ironing, and then spritzing the undone coils with Redken’s Control Force hairspray before brushing out for a full finish. A side-sweeping high half-pony added the playful element he was looking for.