Alexander Wang is a man who knows exactly what he wants. His beauty look for Spring 2013 was equal parts sexy and strong, with full brows and highlighted cheeks. Models wore a low, classic ponytail, updated with dual-textured strands and black tape to break up a middle part. Backstage, we heard all about Alexander's beauty look from lead hairstylist Guido and key makeup artist Diane Kendal.
Marc by Marc Jacobs is known for its clean-lined ensembles, playful color combinations, and in the case of the Fall 2012 collection: loose, textured pieces. So what better way to let the clothing shine through than by keeping the upcoming season's beauty look appropriately minimalistic? It's the epitome of cool-girl style, and most of all, surprisingly easy to re-create.
- Have the hair: Redken creative consultant Guido Palau opted for a "simple and masculine" ponytail that featured a deep side part and at-the-nape base. In creating the style, hair was blow-dried "dead-straight," Palau explained, and prepped with the brand's Satinwear lotion — for which Palau describes as his "go-to blow-dry product."
- Nail the nails: "Marc wanted to portray a look that was innocent but still perfectly groomed," said manicurist Elisa Ferri. To accomplish this feel, models' nails were painted with two coats of Zoya's Adel, a sheer off-white with a creamy finish.
- Capture the cosmetics: Shiseido artistic director Dick Page mixed up a custom rouge shade for the show, keeping the vibrant hue the focus of the look. Add a touch of mascara and foundation where needed; geek-chic glasses optional.
Half-up styles are both lovely and often overcomplicated, which is why we were elated at the sight of this pretty, easy half-bouffant at the Nina Ricci show. Guido, the show's hair creative consultant, says he was "inspired by the '60s, actresses like Brigitte Bardot or a little like a woman in a David Hamilton photo." For a breakdown on how to style the look, just keep reading.
Backstage at Marc Jacobs, we caught up with beauty dream team François Nars, Guido Palau and Jan Arnold. The NARS founder explained the intense makeup look, while Redken creative consultant Guido talked about the Vogue editor who inspired a hairstyle. CND co-founder Jan also chimed in with the scoop on nails. Watch now!
To find Marc Jacobs' beauty muse for spring, set the wayback machine to the Me Decade. "We were inspired by Angelica Huston in the '70s," lead makeup artist François Nars explained. To create the bold matte lip, he applied his own Pure Matte lipstick in Volga, along with African Queen lip liner and eyeliner pencil in Mambo. The glossy dark green eye was created with Night Porter and Nouveau Monde eye shadows; Celebrate soft touch shadow pencil; and Larger Than Life mascara. On cheeks, models wore Nars' cult-fave blush Orgasm. Notably absent: eyebrows, which were bleached before the show.
Pedicures were done with CND's Bloodline polish — which, we hear, Marc chose as soon as he saw it. For hands, manicurist Elisa Ferri created a natural-looking nail with CND Perfectly Bare nail polish (with a few drops of Super Matte mixed in). Hair, by Guido Palau for Redken, was inspired in part by Vogue editor Grace Coddington. Check back soon for our backstage video report on Marc's beauty look.
During the 1960s, hairstyles were a true art form. For Prada's Fall 2010 runway show in Milan, stylist Guido Palau brought the essence of the era back to the catwalk, as models walked the runway wearing perfectly coiffured chignons. "The look at Prada was all about classic French hairdressing done with a very chic uptown look with a nod to the '60s — a modern take on a classic, sophisticated look." he said. While it might not be a look you'd go for every day, it's definitely a striking style for a cocktail party or formal event, and we've got the complete how-to at the link below.
Find out how to re-create the look when you read more.
Old mascara never dies, it just goes on to the big runway in the sky. At least it did at Marc Jacobs' show, where François Nars layered coat after coat of old mascara for a purposely clumpy look. The slightly spidery lashes and Black Moon eyeliner pencil popped against pale blue and heathered lavender shadows. Tying the look together: a pale coral lip thanks to Barbarella lipstick. "These girls are sexy and cool," Nars said. "Their makeup looks dirty and worn out as if it has been on all night but still translates beautifully on the runway."
Models' hair was trimmed into layers that rested just below the collarbone. To create texture, Palau and his team sprayed Redken Fabricate. The end result was hair and makeup that feels easy, modern — in other words, very Marc.
When you're one of the hot names in fashion, you can lure people out to the boondocks of Manhattan — and if anybody grumbled, I didn't hear it. Before Alexander Wang's show, the backstage was filled with the big names in modeling (Natalia! Agyness! Freja! Anja!) and a faint whiff of hair spray in the air.
To find out what went into the creation of the Alexander Wang look and see more photos, keep reading.
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