20 posts tagged "Versace"
Sandra Bullock embraced the high-low concept last night in London at a screening of Gravity—beauty-style. She paired polished makeup (including a red lip and extra-thick lashes) with the undone waves designers and hairstylists embraced all season long. “There’s nothing cooler than not doing your hair and wearing an amazing dress,” said Guido Palau, a belief he made a reality at show after show (Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, and Versace, to name just three). It appears that Bullock is in full agreement.
Throwback Thursday is a column 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 Moment: Lived-in Locks
The Motivation: Remember the days when your mother told you to brush your hair before leaving the house, and a perfectly coiffed ‘do was the look du jour? Well, those days are long gone. Never has there been a time more obsessed with looking undone (Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, and Bottega Veneta—cases in point). Our inspiration? The above shot from a 1989 issue of French Glamour. The French have always been masters at achieving the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-look-like-this hair, and if the carefree strands we’ve seen on the New York, London, and Milan catwalks are anything to go by, we’re bound to see the style in its natural habitat: Paris.
“For Donatella, this is very minimal makeup,” said face painter Pat McGrath. But then again, only Donatella would consider a set and a half of false lashes “minimal.” With Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour serving as muses (there were concert-like tees, ruched biker shorts, and a shimmery take on denim incorporated into the collection), McGrath created a rocker-worthy eye by rimming the upper and lower rims and waterlines with an ebony-colored pencil. For a smoky finish, she topped off the black along the bottom lashes with a gray-brown powder shadow. In addition to mascara, faux fringe was used to amplify the eyes, and a half pair was stacked on the outer corners for an elongating effect. The rest of the face was actually quite pared down—with a clear balm on lips, a hint of nude-rose blush for warmth, and a touch of highlighter dabbed on the cupid’s bow, cheekbones, inner corners and center of the lids.
As for the hair, Los Angeles was yet again mentioned backstage—this time the music scene—and strands were left lank and nearly untouched. Mane master Guido Palau made a center part and misted Redken Powder Refresh 01 all over for texture—concentrating the majority of product from mid-length to ends. For girls who needed slightly more help to achieve “movement,” he wound strands into a chignon and released them just before show time, while other members of Palau’s team opted to wrap sections loosely around a curling iron.
The total package wasn’t nearly as complicated as we’ve seen in season’s past (in fact, the majority of models were ready by 5:30 for a 7 p.m. show), but the beauty DNA remained unchanged, explained Palau. “Its still got the same code—rock ‘n’ roll and sexiness—[both] key to the Versace woman.”
I don’t have any problem admitting that I color my hair. I was a towhead as a kid, but that natural, sunlit blonde slowly faded into a bland dirt-brown shade that has nothing going for it. So anything that prolongs my fresh-from-the-salon golden highlights is a major asset. This summer, I’m striving for a superrich “Versace blonde” that is marked by amazing amounts of shine. A writer friend of mine—who happens to possess such glossy locks—conveniently introduced me to Jeffrey Pearce, a resident colorist at the Patrick Melville Salon who recently started doing Kérastase Fusio Dose “speed” treatments on his model clients to preserve their color and sheen. “I’ve been using this instead of glazes,” he says of the customized service that involves fusing together two potent elixirs—a base composed of reflective micro-polymers that adhere to the surface of hair and a booster of polyphenols to prevent fading. And there’s no waiting around forever with the masklike concoction on your head. Since the ingredients work “on contact,” Pearce says, “it’s pretty much a five-minute treatment.” Afterward, you leave with five mini sets of the base and booster to take home, so you shouldn’t have any problem stretching out the results.
Typically, about halfway through the menswear shows, someone steps up and uses the runway medium to showcase the kind of face and body painting that comes standard during the women’s collections. For Spring 2014, that moment came as the Milan schedule neared completion. Nothing goes better with cricket whites than black lipstick Thom Browne suggested at Moncler Gamme Bleu this weekend, while Donatella Versace commissioned a diverse array of compression tape backstage at her show to create colorful, crisscrossed swirls down models’ legs, arms, and torsos. All this and the Paris shows haven’t even started yet! Stay tuned for more men’s beauty marks.