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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.
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.)
“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 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.
The typically glossy-haired and polished Miranda Kerr shows that she can get down and dirty—at least for Mango’s Fall punk-inspired campaign. Her bed-head-y waves, created by hair legend Christiaan, are reminiscent of the “skinny” strands we saw this past season at Proenza Schouler. And the barely there makeup—lived-in and slightly greasy shadow, smudgy liner, natural lipstick, with a focus on strong brows—also made us think of face painter Diane Kendal’s approach at the same Fall show. Kerr recently revealed to Marie Claire UK that she felt just as sexy working this pared-down look as she does a bedazzled bra and a blow-out: “I loved that Inez and Vinoodh [the Dutch photographers who snapped these incredible images] kept the look of the campaign very raw and natural, and I think it complements the collection very well.” Bottom line: We love when an Angel goes grunge.
The backstage beauty preparations at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show yesterday started in the wee hours of the morning. But when press began arriving around ten, all of the girls had slowly started to emerge, swathed in pink satin robes, to begin their divine transformations. Except Liu Wen. The Chinese stunner went into makeup and didn’t come out again until around 2 p.m.—at which point she was covered in ink. “She’s got the exclusive bodysuit,” Saved Tattoo’s Stephanie Tamez said with a tinge of pride, referring to the “Americana flash”-themed designs she had scrawled on Wen’s legs, arms, hands, and knuckles. “She’s got ‘em on her stomach and back, too,” Tamez effused of the monarch butterfly that revealed itself across Wen’s abdomen when she stepped into her two-piece, chain-link costume. The myriad drawings, which included a series of hearts, daggers, roses, mermaids, and gothic print text, were original transfers that Tamez created with guidance from VS creative consultant, Todd Thomas. But the bright additional makeup accents came courtesy of hand-painted touches with Temptu, the airbrush makeup system that stays put. “It sticks on!” Wen insisted, rubbing at her leg. Would she be keeping the body art on for a few days, then, we inquired? “No, no. I have to work tomorrow for Estée Lauder,” the brand’s face said with caution.
There is something predictable about the hair and makeup look at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show each year, which is to say there’s a formula to getting bombshell beautiful. But face-painter Tom Pecheux and coiffing star Orlando Pita, professionals as they are, always manage to bring a certain nuance to the crowded, pink-tinged backstage area at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York, a space that was noticeably less “bronzed” this season. “In general, we are killing that extra too much bronzer,” Pecheux explained as he put the finishing touches on Doutzen Kroes’ complexion. “Healthy is good, over-tan is not good,” he surmised of the satin skin finish he was building with rosy, rather than ruddy, accents. “It’s important for VS to communicate that.”
Starting with a base VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer and its PRO Flawless FX Translucent Powder, Pecheux sculpted cheeks with its Luminous Mineral Blush duo in Pleasure, which he also applied to lids on the “Pink girls,” the younger models making their first appearance on the VS runway, like Style.com/Print cover star Cara Delevingne and Valentino muse Maud Welzen. “They look very dolly, very fresh—youth, is the word,” Pecheux elaborated of the individual lashes, and multiple coats of VS Makeup Extra-Lengthening Mascara that he employed. In contrast, “The main VS girls”—Alessandra, Adriana, Lily, Miranda—got seductive eyes replete with an interesting liner technique for which Pecheux rimmed the lash line with VS Beauty Rush Precision Eye Pencil in Pitch Black, applying a stroke of the same liner in Foxy, a rich brown, on top that he swiped outward. “When you blend them, the black really gets in between the lashes and you get a little density, while the brown elongates,” he pointed out. Pecheux then dusted a Taupe pigment through the crease and a shimmering champagne highlight along the brow bone using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact, while lips received a layering of its Makeup Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheens in Better Than Bare and Manic Pink, creating a berry stain. “It’s no more a [nude] French Kiss, it’s the VS kiss,” Pecheux joked of the noticeably pinker pouts.
Orlando Pita did his part to add to that quintessential VS “feeling of sexiness” by giving every model extensions that hit just below the breast. “Last season we had different lengths on every girl and the wave was a little bit more of a glamour wave. This time it’s more messy. It’s a little heavier, and everybody has extensions—even Karlie,” Pita said, referring to the runway superstar who sent the blogosphere abuzz yesterday when she turned up backstage with a freshly cut bob. Using Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse to create texture, Pita added a bend to strands with an inch-and-a-quarter curling iron that he spritzed with its So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray.
The biggest backstage news came from Yuna Park, the nail guru of Oscar de la Renta fame who just signed on with VS to front its brand-new nail line. “They came up with 21 colors, but for today there’s two different colors I’m using,” Park said, displaying Bitten, a pink-nude that she painted onto the established Angels’ tips, and Peep Show, a sheer pink shimmer that she reserved for the younger girls. Keep an eye out for them on shelves when they launch in late January.