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PFW Spring 2015 backstage beauty: From mod girl to OTT goddess
natural, blushed-cheek beauty to a psychedelic-inspired sporty goddess; those were two beauty muse extremes that I encountered during my backstage adventures with M.A.C Cosmetics artists during Paris Fashion Week. First stop was Carven. The fashions were ‘60s racing-inspired mod silhouettes accented with Japanese Edo-style prints and lettering. The beauty story echoed this duality, according to M.A.C artist Nina Haveskamp. “The collection is Japan meets Saint Germain. This girl is a little bourgeois. She’s just in from driving around in her sports car. She’s very fresh; she’s excited—she’s healthy.” In terms of makeup, the Asian influences from the collection were reflected in the eyebrow Haveskamp created for the blond girls. “It’s a shorter
eyebrow than the European, and it’s done with a brush, so it is very loose. And the blush? “Yes, it has a bit of a raisin colour so it’s sort of a Sunday morning, woke up one-hour ago kind of thing,” she laughs. (Hmm, it’s Sunday morning and I don’t look anything like this.)
Beauty deets: M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 was used to cover redness and Force of Nature SS 15 to give a hint of colour around the eye. The lashes were only curled and Brow Set clear gel applied to add a little shine. The cheeks were a combo of Hang Up Verve and Mixing Medium Shine. For the lips; Ample Pink Plush Glass on fair skin and Deelight Creme Sheen on darker skin.
For a completely OTT beauty look, find out what M.A.C artists did for Manish Arora.
As soon as you walk backstage at Manish Arora you feel like you’ve entered a trippy fashion universe. In the center of this delightful chaotic scene is the gentle, soft-spoken M.A.C artist Kabuki. He’s standing by his workstation, which looks more like a craft table, than a makeup counter. There are bits of fabric and pink stickers, but it’s the pile of sequins that catches my eye. Instead of
highlighter blush, Kabuki and his team are using tiny iridescent transparent sequins. “They tie in with the embroideries in the collection and they bring a young sporty feel that you wouldn’t get with glitter,” he explained. It’s that kind of inventive playfulness that sets Kabuki apart—it’s also the reason he went into make-up artistry in the first place. “There has always been an element of adventure in it for me,” says Kabuki. “I never really thought there were any rules. Rules are boring. A good thing about makeup is you can use the same makeup 20 different ways and my role is to use it to present a fresh perspective.”
Beauty deets: Aside from the sequins, Kabuki and his team used M.A.C Matchmaster Foundation to create a matte skin, a touch of concealer and “Painterly” Pro Longwear Paint Pot on the eyelids. The eyeliner was a custom-blend of vanilla and cornflower pigments and the gorgeous tangerine lip was created with Real Sexy lipstick. There’s no mascara and the brows weren’t touched.
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