"It's not day makeup," Tom Pecheux joked of the metallic eye and heavy brow he concocted backstage at Derek Lam. Nor should it be; a lackluster look simply wouldn't do for a Lam collection, which Pecheux rightly pointed out has the unique ability to be "casual, sophisticated, feminine, and minimal without being boring."
Translated into face-painting terms, this meant flawless matte skin, prepped with Estée Lauder's new-for-summer Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and a nice helping of its DayWear moisturizer, dramatized with an iconic eye. "It's minimal but slightly severe," Pecheux remarked of the August Sanders photography-inspired metallic silver and charcoal lids he was painting using two new Estée Lauder Eyeshadows from his Modern Mercury product range, due out this fall. Next, Pecheux turned his attention to a "powerful eyebrow," filled-in with coordinating shades of Lauder's Automatic Brow Pencil. "You can really feel them," Pecheux—a staunch bleached-brow opponent—emphasized of the arches. Cheeks were contoured slightly with a few swipes of Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer, while pouts were toned down using an as-yet-unreleased peachy beige matte lipstick. "A nude lip makes the eyes pop more," Pecheux remarked. So does sleek, pulled-back hair, which coiffing star Orlando Pita was flat-ironing and spritzing with his T3 Control Hairspray before brushing it backwards and using a wide, pure-bristled toothbrush for extra smoothness.
"It's a classic schoolgirl look that typically would be secured with a barrette," Pita described of the style. "But we're not using barrettes here," he continued, pointing out that he's over that whole "it's supposed to look like the girl did it herself" movement in runway hair. See how the three-sectioned 'do stays perfectly symmetrical and perfectly in place? Try doing that yourself. He dares you.