Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Giambattista Valli

Senior Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg's take:
Certain makeup artists play favorites with products, pulling out the same palette or pencil at pretty much every turn they make on the backstage circuit. Val Garland's go-to this season is MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell. "You can see how much I like it," she joked, displaying the nearly empty pot of shimmering pink-gold pigment at Giambattista Valli, where she was layering the creamy skin enhancer just about everywhere once she had created a base with MAC Matchmaster Foundation—on top of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and from the the brow ridge around to the temples. Its high-shine, reflective finish (rather than a classic sculpting powder) carved out definition as she went.

"So many of us are looking for that Botox beauty," she explained of the technique's effect, "and this is a way to get that kind of skin. It just makes you feel like you have the perfect bone structure."

Orlando Pita used shine to achieve texture as well, adding yet another wet look to the multitude of similar styles that have popped up on the runway over the past month. "The girls have just been to the beach, dipped their hands in the water, and brushed their hair back," Pita said, citing a similar inspiration to the one that motivated him at Vera Wang in New York. Prepping strands with L'Oréal Professionnel Techni.Art Volume Lift Root Lift Spray Mousse, Pita layered its Fix Max Sculpting Gel with its Gloss Shine and Definition Wax, raking the mixture from the hairline through the mid-lengths but leaving the ends matte and dry. "It was very important to [Giambattista] to have the dual texture," Pita said. As for specific styling tips, Pita is a fan of winging it. "It doesn't really matter in what order I apply the products, as long as it comes out looking the way I want it in the end."
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