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Florid Dresses and Faces with Moroccanoil and M·A·C at Marchesa | Backstage Beauty

You can always count on Marchesa for a display of unadulterated formal femininity. Like a waft of perfume, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s elegant gowns slink down the runway each season offering a display of extreme glamour. Soon after each collection debuts, the same dresses drape over Hollywood’s leading ladies on red carpets around the world.

Marchesa Fall 2017

Photo by Indigital Images

For the shows, the beauty must never compete, but cannot be so subtle as to seem casual next to the evening gowns. To create the stunning hair and makeup that complemented Fall 2017’s Chinese-inspired sheaths, Marchesa turned to Moroccanoil and M·A·C.

MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa Fall 2017

Get the makeup:

“Today we are inspired by imperial China—all the silks and the color palette. There are lots of gorgeous reds, pinks, lime greens and saturated mustards,” said senior M·A·C artist Caroline Hernandez. Backstage, Hernandez explained her steps to achieve this blushing look.

1. The face was finished using Mineralize Charged Water Face and Body Lotion. M·A·C Studio Finish Concealer was used only where needed to perfect.

2. Cream Color Base in Luna was applied in a small amount over the upper cheekbones to highlight. Lipstick in Media was applied to just the front of the cheek, then pushed into the skin for a natural flush.
MAC at Marchesa Fall 2017

3. Lipstick in Media was lightly pushed into the skin as a subtle wash stained around the entire eye.

4. Lashes were curled and MAC Bold & Bad Lash swept through only the upper lash to accentuate.

5. Brows were groomed with Brow Set in Clear, with gaps filled as needed with Eye Brows in Fling or Lingering.

Again I did everything with my fingers. Depending on the skin tone, I'm using a variation of pinkish wine colors on the cheek and through to the top and bottom lid. As well as the same color very light on the mouth with a bit of lip glass. Mascara on just the tip lashes. The brows are groomed and filled in where need be.

6. Cream Color Base in Luna was lightly applied through the inner eye to highlight.

7. Lips were naturally defined with Lip Pencil in SpiceCream Color Base in Luna touched lightly over the cupid’s dos of the lips to highlight.

8. Lipstick in Media was lightly patted on the lips and given a light coat of Clear Lipglass to create a balmy finish.

MAC at Marchesa Fall 2017

“There’s something really nice about working with your fingers in pink,” reflected Hernandez. “It’s very nice and light. It’s been so long since cheeks have been in.”


MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa Fall 2017

Get the hair:

“To juxtapose the womanly, sensual feel of Marchesa’s aesthetic, Moroccanoil Global Ambassador Antonio Corral Calero created a look that exudes romanticism and naiveté. The intricacy and attention to detail that Marchesa is known for seamlessly lends itself to the knotted chignon and floral integration, not making the hair an accessory but, rather, a vital part of the final look.”

1. Prep hair by applying two pumps of Moroccanoil Treatment from mid-length to the ends to set the perfect foundation for styling.

2. Apply one pump of Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion throughout the hair to add hydration and control.

3. Mist Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray to provide the foundational grip and texturized hold with a dry, gritty finish.

“This Dry Texture Spray is great because it gives you grip,” explained Calero. “When you combine it with Morrocanoil, it looks more natural—like hair you slept on for a couple of days.”

4. Using your fingers, create an imperfect left side part, allowing little baby hairs to sweep across the forehead without being too symmetrical or well placed. Sweep back hair from above the ears up to your crown, leaving the remaining bottom half of your hair down.

MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa 2017

5. With the top half of your hair, split into two sections a create a knot using both pieces. Split the remaining bottom half of your hair at the nape into two sections and interlock each side by creating a knot with the existing knot at the crown.

“With shorter hair, we do an undone twist—just bend and fold like a cascade,” said Calero. “It’s emulating like she did it herself. It’s appealing and sexy in a young way, with the texture and the flyaways.”

6. Next, sweep any loose hair around the bun, allowing random pieces to drop naturally over the knotted chignon, pinning a few pieces sporadically among them.

MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa Fall 2017

7. To finish, retouch the left side part using the tip of your fingers with Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion for definition. Mist with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong for a smooth and shiny finish.

“It’s important that we inspire the real woman and translate to the salons as well. You need to customize it and make it your own,” encouraged Calero.

MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa Fall 2017


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