backstage

Go behind the scenes at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris with M·A·C Senior Artists Fatima Thomas, John Stapleton, Tiffany Johnston and Cynthia Rivas. M·A·C supported over 200 shows this season, and the artists are boiling it all down by city into the top beauty trends and must-have products.

New York

Juan Carlos Obando (makeup by Serge Hodonou)

“This season’s backstage beauty trends are easy to take from catwalk to sidewalk. One of the most popular trends has been the revival of late 1990s colors: chocolate, taupe, dirty pink, fleshy peach. A couple decades’ worth of technological advances make for more refined finishes with better skin affinity.

“If I were to list my most coveted products of the season, I’d have to go with M·A·C Cosmetics Eye Pencil in ‘Coffee,’ Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Tailor Grey’ and Pro Gloss Coat.” –Fatima Thomas, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

London

Peter Pilotto (makeup by Lucia Pica) | Paul Smith (makeup by Petros Petrohilos)

“Cream products made their mark at London Fashion Week with the help of M·A·C’s Cream Color Base. Peter Pilotto featured it in ‘Luna’ and ‘Hush,’ topped off with Pro Gloss Coat on the cheekbones.

The raw, sun-kissed skin seen at Paul Smith was achieved by using Cream Colour Base in ‘Tint’ across the nose and cheeks. For an even more luminous look, use your M·A·C opalescent pigments like ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Pink Opal’ swept across cheekbones, down the nose and into the bow of the lip.” –John Stapleton, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

Milan

Marni (makeup by Tom Pecheux)

“This season in Milan, I saw some amazing uses of white color. The skin was neutral with real texture, highlighting areas of the face with various translucent powders. To push light into the skin tone, apply with a fluffy powder brush. This technique yields a gentler contour by utilizing the natural shadows of the bone structure. It was a clean and refreshing look for the spring and summer season.” –Tiffany Johnston, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

Paris

Gareth Pugh (makeup by Alex Box) | Haider Ackerman (makeup by Stéphane Marais)

“I couldn’t imagine a better city than Paris to close the SS14 season. The architectural backdrop was the perfect setting for the makeup looks. It was all about taking a moment to stop and really look at the details, shades, shapes and textures.

The makeup for Gareth Pugh was one of my favorites. It became ‘double take’ makeup, with an unexpected 3-D finish. Alex created eye pieces that were shaded from top to bottom with M•A•C Eye Shadows in ‘Carbon,’ ‘Soot’ and ‘Brule’ for a gradation of color. Then he placed them over the eye, covering the eyebrows, to create a floating eye makeup look. The rest of the skin was perfected using Face and Body Foundation and Studio Finish Concealer to spot-correct. He then dusted a sheer veil of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder down the T-Zone to set.

Another show that focused on the eyes was Haider Ackermann. Skin was perfected with a sheer foundation; I like M·A·C’s BB Cream with Fix+ to create a natural glow. Then stunning graphic eyeliner was applied that looked incredibly striking on the runway. It was shaped using Fluidline in’Blacktrack’ and then set with Black Glitter, to appear almost wet-looking in the light.” –Cynthia Rivas, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

NYFW photos by M•A•C Senior Artist Fatima Thomas, all others by Luca Cannonieri

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Backstage Beauty at Reed Krakoff

New York designer Reed Krakoff is known for his clean, polished aesthetic, and the hair and makeup at his fall/winter 2013 show definitely followed suit. The models sported fresh, natural makeup by M·A·C and long, sleek locks parted flatly down the middle. (See also: Our runway coverage of Reed Krakoff’s show and the front row)

Reed Krakoff discusses his collection with a journalist before the show.

Mary O’Regan

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Each model wore an oversized wide-brimmed knit hat in Band of Outsiders‘ fall/winter 2013 show—it was up to Shiseido artistic director Dick Page to accentuate the shadows cast on their faces by the hats. He created raccoon eyes using Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Shadow in Sable and finished of each look with Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Showgirl—the sole pop of color.

“While Page’s eccentric shadowing of the eyes made them less of a focus, what remains a staple for fall is a vibrant red lip.” –Debra Redmond, Nordstrom National Beauty Director

Check out the final runway looks in our Band of Outsiders runway report.

Mary O’Regan

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Backstage Beauty: Helmut Lang

Clean, dewy skin (courtesy of NARS) and dishevled center parts were the look du jour at Helmut Lang‘s Picasso-inspired show yesterday. Take a look at our backstage coverage below, then head to The Thread for a peek at the show itself and the front row.

Mary O’Regan

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