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9 posts tagged "The Row"

Giving It Your Berry Best For Fall

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As readers of this blog already know, a good red lipstick has become a must-have for your fall makeup bag, and the classic pout color is continuing its catwalk run in Milan with recent appearances at Dsquared², Just Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Pollini, Moschino, and Versus. But if you’re looking for something a bit darker next season—in both hue and emotional affect—deep berry stains are picking up acolytes on both sides of the Atlantic as well. In New York, it was Tom Pecheux who set the bar at Peter Som, using a MAC Lip Pencil in Currant, which he topped with its burgundy lipstick in Kittenish and held in place with a few mattefying dabs of its Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in My Dark Magic. The idea was “uptown with Woodstock on the mind,” Pecheux said of the good-girl-gone-bad color scheme. In London, makeup artist Gucci Westman went for a similar vibe at Antonio Berardi, where she topped Revlon’s Colorburst Lipsticks in Grape and Plum with a dark brown eyeliner for depth. The shade may have been at its best at Missoni yesterday, though, where Lucia Pieroni mixed MAC lipsticks in Cyber and Hang-Up for a rich purple that she made even darker by precisely blending a black eyebrow pencil around the lip line. The color has head-to-toe appeal, too; the mani/pedi-minded among you might be interested to know that that delectable wine-stained polish that was peeking out of those Louboutin gladiator sandals at The Row was courtesy of Lancôme’s Le Vernis in Untamed Plum.

Photo: Clockwise from left, Jason DeCrow / AP Photo at Peter Som; Greg Kessler / FirstView.com at Missoni; Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com at Antonio Berardi

Backstage Skincare Secrets, Revealed

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We’ve been devoting much of our time and blogosphere space for the last week and a half to giving you an insider’s perspective on the hair and makeup looks from New York fashion week and beyond. Today, we’d like to give a shout-out to the skincare secret weapons that makeup artists rely on to keep models looking fresh through a nonstop, month-long show season. (Even the beautiful people are plagued by dehydration and breakouts, it turns out.) Here, a short list of their go-to products:

What: SKYN Iceland’s Cleansing Facial Cloths, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, and Pure Cloud Cream.
Where: Spotted backstage at Elise Øverland.
Why: SI technicians were on hand to treat models to mini de-stressing treatments with the aforementioned products, all of which are formulated with a potent Biospheric Complex that provides a boost of vital nutrients from Iceland.

What: Intraceuticals.
Where: Spotted backstage at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief show.
Why: Facialist Michelle Peck and her daughter Tarin performed Intraceuticals’ Rejuvenate Facials on all models backstage. The treatment promotes natural collagen and elastin production and improves skin texture for a visibly smoother appearance.

What: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex.
Where: Spotted backstage at Derek Lam.
Why: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux coated models’ skin with Lauder’s nocturnal serum, then followed it up with its Re-Nutriv cream for extra hydration to create the perfect base for foundation. Nary a caked-on makeup mask could be found.

What: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion.
Where: Spotted backstage at Chris Benz.
Why: Trained aestheticians prepped models’ skin with the latest innovation from Clarisonic, which combines classic micro-massage with an additional antiaging serum that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Noticeably firmer and brighter skin was then ready for makeup artist Daniel Martin’s magic touch.

What: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate.
Where: Spotted backstage at The Row.
Why: Makeup artist Aaron De Mey slathered the serum on models’ faces to create a “lit-from-within” glow, pre-complexion correction.

What: ZENO Hot Spot.
Where: Wherever breakouts flared up.
Why: To promote its Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device, a zit-zapper that uses painless blasts of heat to destroy acne-causing bacteria, ZENO had a “blemish buster” hotline available at NYFW so that models who felt a pimple coming on could call in and have the handheld wonder delivered to the tents, the Altman Building, or wherever clogged pores reared their ugly heads.

The Brow Is Back At Narciso Rodriguez And The Row

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Despite last season’s brow heroics, in which blocked-out arches and fuller-framed styles made repeat catwalk appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, we haven’t seen much of either look in New York this week. Until yesterday, that is, when both Narciso Rodriguez and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen decided to put the focus back on forehead fringe. Rodriguez left the task of creating something “perfect and strong” in the hands of makeup artist Dick Page, who prefers a cream or a wax when it comes to catching each individual brow hair. “You don’t want to mess with them too much,” he said, pointing out that bleaching or over-grooming can do more harm than good when you’re trying to create simplicity and sleekness. Page used a brush to personally apply a combination of Shiseido’s Accentuating Cream Eyeliner in Black and White to each model. At The Row, makeup artist Aaron De Mey also took the task onto himself, relying on Lancôme’s Le Crayon Poudre powder pencils to “naturally strengthen” each model’s face. “Never did they say, make the girls look like us,” De Mey’s coiffing partner, Jimmy Paul, said of the inspiration the Olsens gave both men (Paul was charged with re-creating a “downtown cool girl” in the form of matte texture and piece-y-ness), but close followers of the sisters’ style will definitely recognize this newfound part of their personal beauty regime living large on the runway.

Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com; Greg Kessler / FirstView.com

NYFW Backstage Beauty Alert: Lancôme Gets In On The Sister Act

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One of the hottest tickets at NYFW this season is shaping up to be The Row, the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen-designed line that will make its catwalk debut on February 16. The prospect of seeing what the sisters can do live and in person—and maybe catch a glimpse of either or both of them (or Nate Lowman) backstage—is exciting enough for us to add the presentation to our color-coded Excel spreadsheet, but things just got a little more interesting. Style.com has learned that one Aaron De Mey—the Lancôme artistic director of makeup and the man that Riccardo Tisci trusts for both his ready-to-wear and couture shows—will be doing the backstage face painting. (Three words on Mr. De Mey’s handiwork at the Givenchy Fall 2009 Couture presentation: gilded face rhinestones.) His presence at The Row’s show should add a layer of wow to what we’re already expecting to be a pretty exciting 15 minutes.

Photo: Debra L. Rothenberg / Startraks Photo