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Kristin Booker • September 18, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Backstage at Timo Weiland Spring 2011 with MAC and ION Studio

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 Look: This look is long sexy modern hair with body.  Totally wearable for all women. “This is a modern take on the 60s,” said ION Studio Co-Owner and Lead Hairstylist Leonardo Manetti.  Think of it as a tamed version of 1960s sexpot Brigitte Bardot.  “We parted the hair on the side and sprayed Davines Texturizer all over the hair to add lift and enhance the texture.” He then took a blow dryer and did a quick once-over to ensure the product was dry. Next came soft waves courtesy of an application of quick-drying Davines Glam Power Spray, after which he curled the hair with a 1 ¼” barrel iron, pinned the curls and let them cool while the models got their makeup done. Once the curls cooled, he unpinned them, added more Glam Power Spray, and brushed them through. In order to finish the look, Manetti back combed the crown to add volume to “keep the look modern. You want this to be a looser style, not a literal copy of a what we knew as a 1960s style.” And there you go, ladies: spectacular 60’s sexpot hair!

The Products: Davines Texturizer and Davines Glam Power Spray, available via their website and fine Davines salons worldwide.

Get The Look: To rock this look at home, start by parting your hair on the side (your choice) and apply a texturizer all over your hair.  Allow the product to completely dry and then using a 1 ¼ barrel curling iron, curl your hair, catch the curl and pin to let cool (I suggest doing your make-up while cooling to save time).  Once curls are cooled, remove pins, apply a hairspray that allows movement and brush through.  To finish, do a quick back-comb on the crown of your head for volume.
Want more backstage sneak peeks? Check out our photo gallery below!
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One Response to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Backstage at Timo Weiland Spring 2011 with MAC and ION Studio

  1. Carolyn says:

    Great first artlcle Reese… easy and FUN to read..

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