Paris Fashion Week Diary: Backstage beauty at CoSTUME NATIONAL
To match the minimalist mindset that is CoSTUME NATIONAL’s signature,
M.A.C makeup artist Sally Branka used Charlotte Gainsbourg as her muse. “She’s so effortlessly beautiful and so natural looking. That’s who I was thinking about for this show.”
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To capture that look, Branka kept the skin fresh and clean and focused her attention on the brows and the eyes. “I’ve drawn in the brows a little bit, just to make them look full and youthful and a little bit stronger, but it’s all about the eyes. I used a
liner (Ebony pencil) at the top of the lid and filled it in through the upper lashes. There’s no mascara—the liner is what creates the definition for the eye. It’s a more mysterious look.”
The cheeks (Poised) were kept simple, but she used a highlighter (Pearl) and a pressed pigment (Sunshine) to draw attention to the cheekbones. “What’s really nice is that you can put Sunshine on sheer and you’ll look like you’ve got a dewiness to your skin—more than a shimmer. You can mix it with water if you want to take away all the sparkliness. For the consumer, I think that’s really good. You don’t want to look too glittery; that can freak some people out,” she laughed.