New Associate Editor Reese Pereira had her first big Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week backstage on her own at Timo Weiland Spring 2011 Collection. Here are her interviews with MAC Cosmetics’ Nadine Luke and ION Studio’s Leonardo Manetti.
Backstage Makeup with MAC Cosmetics Team Lead, Nadine Luke
The scene: This was a very organized, surprisingly low-stress backstage. Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein were walking around checking on the looks, making sure the models had enough food and greeting old friends and photographers from the industry. They were incredibly cool, calm and collected for designers mere hours away from a fashion week presentation, and, of course, incredibly well dressed.
The Look: “Skin is definitely the focus,” said Nadine Luke, MAC make-up artist, “so we’ve used a mineralized skin finish as a foundation.” The MAC team kept the center of the face totally matte and used concealer solely in areas of the face that needed it the most. The inspiration for this look was “the 90’s take on the 80’s” according to Luke. Think Ferris Beuller’s Day Off but toned down.
Eyes: A combination of MAC single eye shadow in Naked Lunch followed by Silver Dusk Loose Powder on the lids to give them “a natural dewiness with out looking wet or too shiny,” according to Luke. They’re applied from lashes up to the brow bone as well along the bottom lid inside of the eye. “Red carpet has turned into everyday sidewalk”, said Luke. She added MAC eye pencil in Coffee. “We only used it on the inner rim waterline of the eye” said Luke. “It’s a good trick if you have problems with your eyeliner running.” By taking the pencil across the top of the inner waterline, it allows the eye to naturally create eyeliner along the bottom inside eye when the model blinks. Lashes received full lash curling followed by a healthy dose of their Studio Fix Brown Mascara to keep the look fresh. Eyebrows were simply combed and styled with a gel to hold them in place, as well as add nice texture and shine.
Lips: The team used a technique of combining a lip conditioner with MAC’s Lip Pencil in Cherry. “Using leftover foundation on the outer portion of the lips, we softened it out and blended it in – a totally natural look,” said Luke. The lips were finished with a touch of Strut Your Stuff Kissable Lipglass. All of the products used for this runway look are available in MAC stores.
The Products: Cherry Lip Pencil, Strut Your Stuff Kissable Lipglass, Face + Body, Moisture Cover Concealer, Lip Conditioner, Coffee Eye Pencil, Studio Fix Brown Mascara, Silver Dusk Loose Powder, Naked Lunch Eye Shadow, Give Me Sun Mineralize Bronzer, Full Lash Curler. All products are available via your local MAC counter/store or via their online website.
Get The Look: Apply concealer only to the places on your face that need it (remember less is more, especially with this look.) Next, take a little mineralized foundation and smooth it over your face.
Now, apply a warm nude eye shadow with some sparkle all over your lids from lashes to brow. Then, take a dark brown eyeliner and run it along the inside of your waterline only so that when you blink, the perfect line will be created. Finish your eyes by curling your lashes and then applying a brown mascara.
Complete the look with great lips: take a light red lip pencil and rub it on the back of your hand and add a little lip conditioner or moisturizer to it. Using a small lip brush, combine the two together and apply the mixture to your lips. Using a little extra foundation, lightly blend the edges of the lips to soften the outline. Finish with a little gloss in the middle and voila, a gorgeous makeup look.
Backstage Hair with Leonardo Manetti of ION Studio in Manhattan
The Products: Davines Texturizer and Davines Glam Power Spray, available via their website and fine Davines salons worldwide.