As makeup artist Diane Kendal worked feverishly to perfect the forty-plus girls who walked in Jason Wu's Fall show, the compliments were coming from all corners of the room. "It's a beautiful blue," model Hanne Gaby Odiele remarked of Kendal's eye color of choice as Wu himself and his stylist Kate Young came over to admire her handiwork. "It's amazing," Wu beamed. "It's the perfect shade." Color matching was the easy part for Kendal, as Wu had given her a piece of fabric from his dark cobalt finale dress to work from; the application, however, took some finessing.
"I applied it in the crease and then blended it," Kendal explained of the inky blue pigment she swept across a blonde-again Jessica Stam's eyes, a preview of the first piece of Wu's debut cosmetics collection for Lancôme, due out this fall. Using its Le Crayon Khôl in Purple Dusk close to the lash line for definition, Kendal added a shimmering lilac pigment to the center of lids to create a multidimensional effect before dragging the mixture underneath and out toward the temple. Lashes were treated to multiple strokes of Lancôme's Hypnôse Drama mascara in Excessive Black, while skin was kept clean and slightly defined with a subtle peachy-bronze contour.
Not to be outdone, Odile Gilbert devised a similarly statement hair look. "I want the designer to be like, 'Wow,' " she said of the "chic and elegant" updo that had no less than eight interwoven sections, she estimated. Prepping hair with Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor Milk and its shine-inducing Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel, Gilbert crafted precise center parts to add a dose of sophistication before dividing a large front panel from ear to ear and parceling out long plackets of hair. "I go like this," she said while acting out the crisscrossing motion by which she layered strands over each other before gathering them into a tucked-under chignon that served as a veritable pincushion to secure the style. Two long silver barrettes, slid into place on an angle, increased the "wow" factor.