Backstage Beauty | Sophie Theallet – S/S 2012

Backstage Beauty: Sophie Theallet S/S 2012The Look: Romy Schneider in the movie La Piscine
Makeup: Tom Pecheux for MAC
Hair: Didier Malige for Aveda

Tom Pecheux was inspired by French actress and 60s beauty icon Romy Schneider in the movie La Piscine. “It’s a twisted love story in a house with an amazing swimming pool and Romy Schneider is tan and glowing with lots of mascara and shimmer. So that’s what Sophie wanted because the collection has a lot of satins and gorgeous color,” he explained. He wanted each girl to look “feminine and sexy with French flavor and some naughtiness.” To do this, Pecheux used a lot of black mascara on top and bottom lashes and lined inside the eyes with a brown pencil. The eyes were surrounded in a shimmer-y wash of bronze, gold, copper and an off-white that was adjusted for each girl’s skin tone. Bronzer was dusted onto the upper cheekbones and a transparent caramel gloss was swept onto the eyelid, the cheekbones and lips for a wet effect and brows were left natural. “We wanted to feel the heat. We’re keeping everything else matte because we don’t want the girls to look too greasy.” The decolletage, shoulders and legs were warmed up with a subtle shimmer from a body oil.

Products: MAC To The Beach Body Oil, Metal X Cream Shadow Venetian Tarnish, Metal X Cream Shadow Infusion Gold, Tendertone in Hush Hush

“This isn’t really a hairstyle, it’s more of a feeling of a woman who had been in a swimming pool and let her hair dry for an hour and then decided to put it on top of her head,” explained Didier Malige. He mixed several different products – a hair thickener, a paste and a pomade – to create a salt water texture. Hair was twisted into a bun with hands and pinned on the back of the head in a place that would best complement each girl’s profile. Nishida hair pins were used to comb the top of the hair before being tucked into the twist. When asked about the hair pins, Malige raved about their holding power, “They are threaded so they grip hair better, almost like a screw. Someone told me that Japanese dancers use this.”

Products: Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion, Control Paste

Backstage Beauty: Sophie Theallet S/S 2012

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