Get Gorgeous/ Cosmetics
Kristin Booker • February 19, 2012

New York Fashion Week Backstage Beauty: MAC Cosmetics at Libertine Fall 2012 Collection

Face chart for Libertine.

Chantel Miller's notes for the MAC artists backstage at Libertine. Photo: Kristin Booker.

I love when great makeup really makes the show and that’s exactly how it happened at Libertine Fall 2012 CollectionM·A·C Cosmetics makeup genius Chantel Miller created a look she described as “a cross-cultural inspiration. It’s definitely gypsy-like but also that French sexy woman. The twist is that she just came home from quite a fantastic night, so the look is slept in. This caused us to look at technique and technology to see what we could do to recreate those textures and that look.”

MAC Cosmetics makeup guru Chantel Miller working her magic backstage at Libertine. Photo: Kristin Booker.

“Libertine’s signature is that dark, smoky eye so as a makeup artist when you know you’re using black you have to ask yourself how you’re going to reinvent the wheel – it’s certainly the most “done” color in makeup. So we built in pigments underneath so they shine through as the makeup wears down. The hope is by the time we get the girls into the clothes the makeup will have degraded to the point where the glitter from the pigments will be shooting through underneath. The eye is also surrounded by a copper cream, which will pick up the pigments as they shine through. We applied a ton of eyeliner underneath and used a Q-tip with some moisturizer to really sink it in and then clean it up, and we applied mascara with a flat shadow brush for lashes that were pinched together (because that’s what it looks like when you’ve slept in your makeup”

Models awaiting further hair and makeup. Photo: Kristin Booker.

Eye products: a spicy brown from the forthcoming Fall 2012 makeup palette with Deeply Dashing pigment highlighting above it and underneath the black shadow. Black liner is MAC Pro Black Cream Liner. Mascara is MAC Haute & Naughty.

The skin is raw, so no foundation or anything. The lip is a slight nude color (MAC Mattene Lipstick) with a little bit of MAC Prep & Prime Pressed Powder because you want your eye to travel around the face. MAC BB Cream, a luminizing, hydrating cream not yet available in the states, was only used on the models who needed it to give them a little help with their complexion. Otherwise, the skin is completely nude.”

Diaz working his magic backstage at Libertine. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The hair was done by Diaz for ION Studio and consisted of beachy, beautiful texture that would give the hair a very bedhead appeal. Some extensions were clipped in for only the models who needed it, then hair was dampened with Davines Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer. A blow dryer was used to set the tousled look and the models were on their way.

Models waiting to get their hair done at Libertine. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The end result? Mindblowing. Check it out.

The amazing finished look at Libertine. Photo: Kristin Booker

Another look at the finished look for Libertine Fall 2012. Photo: Kristin Booker



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