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Backstage Beauty: Inbar Spector


My final stop at London Fashion Week was the Inbar Spector show, where the hair, makeup, and clothing had a completely different feel than any of the other "pretty" looks I've seen in the past. This was pure creativity rearing its head in the overall theme of "rebellious Gothic."

Stylists crimped hair all around, then swept it into a tight bun on top of the head. Two tightly braided tendrils were left on either side.

The makeup was just as intricate. Inbar hired makeup artist Lan Nguyen because of her avant-garde style and her bold use of color. If rebellious and goth is what Inbar wanted, that's just what she got. Lips and nails were black, skin was pale yet sculpted, and the eyebrows were all-out punk.


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For a breakdown of the MAC products used to create this look, plus application tips, read more.

  • Lan prepped each of the models faces with Prep and Prime mattifying primer and then blended Face and Body Foundation onto their faces and necks.
  • All of the powder contour colors on the cheeks are from MAC Pro Shaping Powder collections. First, apply Sculpt to the cheekbone and then right above the bone, dust a little bit of Accentuate all the way to the ear. Finish with some Emphasize on the temples and around hairline.
  • Since the eyebrows need to be prepped for the glitter, Lan applied Brow Finisher in Clear to keep the hair down and act as an adhesive. She then applied MAC Pro Glitter in Reflects Pearl starting from the base of the lid to the brow-bone and to the inner v of the eye. Next, she used white eyeliner pencil on the inner lower rims. For the brows, she used a black glitter she concocted from a few MAC glitter options and placed individual false lashes on the top lashes followed by black mascara.
  • Lips were lined with Ebony Eye Pencil and filled in with Blacktrack Gel Liner. As a finishing touch, Clear Gloss was dabbed in the center of the lower lip.
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