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How to look like Frankenstein’s Bride?
While makeup artists and hair stylists are typically complimentary about the designers they’re working for, there’s one designer who clearly makes them a little nervous—in a good way. When an industry veteran like
Tom Pecheux is gushing about working with someone, you take notice. With a boyish grin, he tells me it’s his first time backstage with
Haider Ackermann. “I’ve been dying to work with him for a long time,” he adds. “He’s asked me to work with him in the beginning but I couldn’t because I was always doing another show at the same time. Today I feel like a little kid going to school and learning from the master… I feel like a vampire, ready to suck some fresh blood!”
What’s the number 1 lesson he’s gleaned so far from Haider Ackermann and what’s the story behind the makeup and this Frankenstein-esque bedhead look?
“To be very precise,” said Pecheux. “In French we have this expression.. hmm, I won’t say it because it can be twisted in a wrong way, let’s say he’s extremely precise and he questions himself on everything… My duty is to learn from Haider. He’s a master. It’s the
Haider Ackermann show and I’m very happy to be a piece of the puzzle.”
How to get the look: “We wanted very fair skin and to create texture using the Paintstick Pure White for highlights near the eyes and on the bone structure. There’s a
little bit of contouring, but the eyes and brows are completely nude. For the lips, we mixed two M.A.C products—Mid-tone Nude and Magenta Lip Mix—to create this very specific colour for Haider. He wanted it to be a powdery nude rose colour that is very matte. I think it’s a very feminine colour and the texture is very unique. I think the look still feels very romantic, very fresh and very soft. I know people call me the “king of natural” and I don’t know if I like that title because I do like to do crazy things as well, but that said, I’m happy to be good at something. I think the girls look extremely beautiful and fragile. The makeup needed to be soft and gentle because the hair was so powerful; so intense. When I first saw the stitches I thought it was because of a brain injury! But then I saw the stitches in the collection and it made sense.”
So what’s behind the Frankenstein-bedhead created by Aveda Guest Artist, Kamo? “Very simple punk, after the party, go to bed, in the morning,” explains the Tokyo-based stylist. So it’s bedhead? “Yes. The clothes have stitching on them so we extended that to the hair. The stitches are applied randomly so they look like a scar from a surgery. A little bit scary, but it fits the clothes. It was Haider’s idea.”
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