Backstage Beauty | Chris Benz – S/S 2012


Backstage Beauty: Alexandre Herchcovitch S/S 2012The Look: 60s Warhol Lady
Skin: Eileen Harcourt for Clarisonic
Makeup: Daniel Martin for Lancome
Hair: DJ Riggs for TIGI
Nails: Anna-Maria for Lancome

Celebrity aesthetician Eileen Harcourt was backstage to give models a quick cleansing and makeup prep. “Skin is an accessory, just like shoes and hair,” she said. She used the Clarisonic Cleanser with the Facial Brush to remove makeup and dirt and and then applied Lancome’s new Visionnaire over the lips, under the eyes and by the brows for instant smoothness and glow. “It gives an instant lift and makeup goes on more evenly. It’s a nice touch for the models and allows them to keep their moneymakers in good shape. Your face is the first thing anyone notices so it’s really important that your skin look good.” She suggested using the Clarisonic Facial Brush over lips to get the best pop of color. And when applying creams around the eyes, take a couple of dots and apply from the outside in with a rolling tap.

Products: Clarisonic Facial Cleanser, Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion, Clarisonic Nourishing Care Cleanser, Lancome Visionnaire

Andy Warhol star Candy Darling inspired the makeup look. Unlike the makeup looks at other shows where color was toned down to showcase the vivid clothes, Daniel Martin decided to use a lot of colors to play up the face and complement the colors in the collection. To avoid looking retro, skin had to look radiant and brows were left plain to eliminate any feeling of done-ness. Eyes were prepped with a chartreuse cream shadow to tone down any redness and layered with a sea-foam green color. Lashes were plumped with two coats of mascara and a tangerine tint was placed high on the cheek where bronzer is usually applied. Why? “Because we wanted an inflection of color and when you get into the cheek, that’s when you start sculpting and that makes the look feel more finished,” Martin explained. Lipstick was pushed into lips with fingers, serving more as a suggestion of color rather than a structured look. “The clothes have 60s inflections so its more chic and it’s very lady. You also have a lot of hair so we just wanted washes of color to bring it together.”

For Spring 2012, Martin predicts that we’ll be seeing a lot of orange and orange-reds for lips as well as a lot of plums and fuschias. “Women are experimenting more with color but the key is to keep skin looking radiant and not too matte. If you have a matte texture when you do a full-on lip, it looks too finished.”

Products: Lancome Teint Miracle, Hypnose Doll Lash, Color Design5 Pan Palette in Vert Tendresse (available Feb 2012), Liner Design in Black Fishnets (available Feb 2012), Sequence of Love Lipstick (available Feb 2012)

For hair, Chris Benz referenced the late 60s, Coney Island and Andy Warhol stars. “So it’s a little 60s American housewife and a little trashy as well,” described lead stylist DJ Riggs. Early images of Blondie, with her bleached blonde wigginess and dark roots, also served as inspiration. A lot of dry shampoo and hair spray was worked into hair to create  that “wiggy texture. So it’s set but with a distressed, synthetic texture.” For girls with lots of hair, he braided the back and set hair in hot rollers. Once out of the rollers, hair was backcombed and pinned over braids at jaw-length to look like a bob. “It’s not supposed to be pretty, it’s supposed to be more edgy and fun. It’s wonky and wacky.”

Products: TIGI Catwalk Work It Spray, Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo

Nails got two coats of either a green or a rose polish.

Products; Lancome Le Vernis Mini nail Polish in Green Almond and Rose Macaron (available Feb 2012)

Backstage Beauty: Chris Benz S/S 2012



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