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Behind the Scenes: Costello Tagliapietra

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Stylesight’s beauty editor got the chance to go behind the scenes at the S/S 11 Costello Tagliapietra show:

Inspiration: A modern Mia Farrow from The Great Gatsby, set in the 1920s.

Makeup: The Costello Tagliapietra S/S 11 collection was about bringing elegance back into daytime dressing, and the beauty looks were no different. “Fresh, transparent, naked skin with diffused see-through brown cream color base on the eyes,” said Lisa Butler, lead MAC makeup artist, when describing the look. Drops of moisturizer were used to thin out colors and applied with a big, floppy brush to wash the brown base and dusky rose blush blend over the eyelids and cheeks like watercolor.  Mascara was applied only to the center of the top and bottom lashes to emphasize the center of the eyes, and concealer was applied only when necessary to avoid an overdone effect. The resulting look was a raw, easy elegance with no obvious color or hard edges.

Hair: Nelson Vercher of Rita Hazan Salon described the hair as a throwback but modern at the same time. The flat, textured chignon is a throwback, referencing a woman wearing a hat, but the unexpected, angled position of the chignon above the ear pushes it forward. The “fairydust” (Vercher’s word for soft flyaways) around the hairline added a beautiful ease to the look that kept it young and relaxed.

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