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EXCLUSIVE: Angels in Action

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We gave you the first look from behind the scenes at Victoria’s Secret, and now we’re offering you yet another sneak peek (and not in snippet form as you’ve likely seen posted all over Instagram) before the bedazzled bras and toned bodies make their official television debut on December 10. In order to avoid creating an army of Angels, hair pro Orlando Pita kept each model’s length as is to “show individual style,” but created those signature bed-heady, glossy waves that are core to the VS woman. Makeup artist Dick Page’s mission was simple: “Not get in the way.” He put it quite simply, saying that when you book a room filled with beautiful girls, the best thing to do is not mess with a good thing. And wings aside, one of the things that sets this show apart from a more traditional runway is that there’s life and animation strutting down the catwalk. “A lot of fashion shows are very straight, dour, and serious, and this is kind of a celebration,” added Page. Brush up on your no-pants dance and prepare to party.

Video: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret Angels, They’re Just Like Us

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constanceOk, not exactly. But for the past two days, I’ve been swept away in a pink bubble—one where everyone is tan (despite that we had our first snow of the season in NYC yesterday morning), has six-pack abs, and never gets cold prancing down a glittery runway in nothing but lacy underpinnings. Plus, these lithe ladies in lingerie actually eat—and I’m not talking about sipping a pressed juice or pecking at trail mix. Behati Prinsloo ordered in a burger last night, I split a tuna melt with Jasmine Tookes, and Joan Smalls didn’t hesitate in front of a plate full of chocolate strawberries. Not to mention, Karlie Kloss had her famous “kookies” on hand backstage. No, it’s not fair, but this is Victoria’s Secret, and all of these elements exist in perfect harmony. Here, the top nine things I learned from first timers (like Sara Sampaio) and winged veterans (such as Doutzen Kroes):

They spoil the surprise. “The second I got home [from the fitting] I told my boyfriend exactly what I was wearing,” said Tookes, whose beau is missing tonight’s production.

They don’t suck it in. “I have a jacket, so I don’t have to suck it in!” boasted Sara Sampaio. “Holding my breath would feel a bit awkward—I think it would show in my face,” added Martha Hunt.

They despise working out just as much as I do. “I don’t mind doing abs, but I hate squats,” revealed Samapaio. “I can’t handle my arms being sore, anywhere else I can deal with,” said Tookes.

They wear heels with robes (but only on game day). “My feet are getting used to the feel [of stilettos] so that the change into the shoes for the show isn’t as big,” explained Doutzen Kroes of her pre-show footwear from Tom Ford. “Plus, I think they’re cute.” But when asked if she wears this look on the reg, she said: “ No, no, no, it’s just for the cameras!”

They fake it. “It feels better to have a little bit of coverage—it’s almost like wearing tights,” Kroes said of her spray tan.

They exercise on the job. “The weight is all the way up top, so it’s hard on my back,” Kroes said of the wings she’ll be wearing on the runway tonight. “But they’re good for your stomach muscles.”

They have the moves like Jagger. No, Adam Levine isn’t performing again. “I was a dancer for ten years, and in college I was actually going to minor in ballet,” said Lindsay Ellingson, who worked with Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful in preparation for tonight.

They do the Queen proud. “I’m most excited for the British invasion segment,” said Jourdann Dunn. “I’m happy to be out there repping for London.”

They wing it. “It’s my fourth show for Victoria’s Secret,” said Constance Jablonski. “The last three times I rehearsed [my end-of-the-runway move], and every single year I got on stage and forgot everything. This time, I’m not planning anything—I’m just going to follow the music and see how I feel.”

Beauty Sound Bites: Dick Page Keeps It Real

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“It’s not really a fashion show—it’s a fantasia. This is what people, the civilians, think fashion shows are like…that everyone is gorgeous and busty. But we know, in the trenches, that fashion shows aren’t glamorous at all.”

The legendary face painter pulled back the proverbial (and for all intents and purposes, pink) curtain on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The backstage area—swathed from floor to ceiling in varying shades of rose chiffon—is quite lavish in comparison to fashion week. There are well-rested supers wrapped in silky, striped robes, chairs available to sit on, working WiFi, and more important, breathing room. These are all luxuries that those of us “in the trenches” rarely get to experience. Then again, when you’re accommodating Angels, the scene has to be stepped up.

Photos: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

EXCLUSIVE: The “Scruffy” Angel Lands at Victoria’s Secret

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Hair & Makeup Test

The look at Victoria’s Secret hasn’t changed much in the eighteen years since Angels in lacy underwear and million-dollar bras captured the world’s attention in more than 185 countries, but it’s the subtleties, hair pro Orlando Pita explained, that make all the difference. “In the past we’ve done a dry, sandy, beachy texture, but this year it’s shiny and glossy,” he said. While this may appear like a minor change to the naked eye, it makes a major impact on high-def cameras.

For face painter Dick Page, he aimed to make the girls look a bit more “scruffy,” which caught the attention of one of the executive producers of the fashion show. (Scruffy and sexy might not normally go hand in hand, but when it comes to Page, you have to trust that the finished product will be spot-on.) During the huddle with both beauty gurus, last year’s look was discussed: Lipstick should give way to a more balm-y, just bitten mouth; the shadow should be a bit more smudgy (and therein lies the scruff); and absolutely no glitter should be used.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Hair & Makeup Test

To get the glistening waves, Pita prepped the strands with Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse and blew them dry with a round, vented ceramic brush from ghd to build body. Next, he glued in multiple levels of extensions—opting for a tone that played up the lightest shade seen in each model’s roots. “Dark hair, especially, can look really dense on television; this [trick] gives it depth and makes it look more natural,” he said. The ends were razored to approximately each girl’s natural length, and strands were misted liberally with So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray. Using his signature technique (where the middle of the hair is wrapped under and over the barrel of a curling iron, in this case a 1.5 inch version—leaving the ends out), Pita created loose curls before finger combing and finishing with more hair spray. To get the look at home, however, he suggests using an easier-to-wield flatiron, like the forthcoming tri-zone styler from ghd. As for the part, there was great debate as to whether it should be in the middle or slightly off center, but the final decision was to follow the way each model’s hair naturally fell—keeping their individuality intact. (If you’re wondering, Karlie Kloss will be maintaining her signature bob.)

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Hair & Makeup Test

“I’ve been given a very strict directive, but I’m going to fuck with it like I do,” Page said of the makeup. After the recent death of Lou Reed and listening to The Velvet Underground & Nico, the master of maquillage came up with the “scruffy Angel” concept. To achieve it, he used a black-brown liner pencil on the inner rim and ran it imperfectly along the top lashes before smudging the pigment up and over the lid. To intensify the outer corners, Page dusted the dark chocolate shade from the VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact in a “V” shape, then applied the shimmery gold color over the inner half of the eye to catch the light. Instead of traditional blush, he warmed up Color Drama Lipstick in Taken on the inside of his forearm and used a cosmetic wedge to apply it to cheeks (a similar method was employed at Narcisco Rodriguez this past season). “I want them to look like they’ve had a really good shag, or anything else unorthodox that would make you pink in the face…like excitable shopping,” Page quipped. The skin was then layered with a sheer foundation using a brush—allowing the color to come through much like a natural flush. “I want to have final control over the complexion,” he said of his approach. Color Drama Lipstick in True (for models walking in the Pink portion of the show) or Flawless (worn by the rest of the girls) was pressed onto lips, then top lashes were coated with Volume Lift Mascara in black, and brows were lightly defined with a pencil as a finishing touch.

The only things left to complete this slightly undone Angel: wings and sass. “This show is probably the closest you get to real modeling, where the girls are truly animating the clothes,” said Page. Or in this case, the lack thereof.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Hair & Makeup Test

Photos: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

The Better to See You With, My Dear

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MBFWA Trends - Arrivals - MBFFS 2013Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton opted for an accessory other than wings to wear down the Trends Gala runway at Sydney’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. The Angel partnered with eyewear brand Osiris—which, according to Harper’s Bazaar Australia collaborated with French couture designer Jørgen Simonsen to create the sixty-piece collection of specs. For her Spring 2013 show, Diane von Furstenberg sent a few girls down her catwalk wearing Google Glass, and now Heatherton makes yet another case for high-fashion frames. Having four eyes never felt more on-trend.

Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images