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Tom Pechuex’s first words about Altuzarra’s beauty look, “The best makeup of the season. One of the three best designers in New York.” Working with MAC Cosmetics, Pecheux wanted to create something fresh, yet sophisticated. “In a French flavor, it’s very couture,” said Pecheux. “And the American side is casual and very easygoing.” For the sophistication, he created a classic red lip that was topped with pigment to make it appear matte. White was brushed all over the eyelids and the corner of the eyes to create a see through effect. “Don’t put white under the eyes,” said Pecheux adamantly, “or you’re going to look like a drag-queen panda. We love the drag queen, but not when they look like a panda.” The lashes and brows were left bare and the skin was kept matte to give a velvet-like finish. “I want them to look very pure,” said Pecheux. “Because there’s a purity in the collection.”

Odile Gilbert for Kérastase created a low ponytail with a natural middle part. First, Gilbert applied Mousse Bouffante and blow-dried the hair. Then, it was pulled back into a low ponytail and was layered with Fibre Architecte to give it texture and add some body. To finish, Gilbert sprayed Lacque Dentelle throughout. “When you have a low ponytail it doesn’t interfere with clothes,” said Gilbert. “Sometimes we don’t need to be fancy. We just need to evoke a certain elegance.”

Working with Essie, Michelle Saunders applied one coat of Vanity Fair and layered it with Allure to make it look as natural as possible. “[The clothing is made] of a lot of raw fabrics,” said Saunders. “Really simple and really beautiful lines, so we didn’t want to do anything that would distract from his collection.”

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

<p>Backstage at Altuzarra RTW Spring 2014</p>

Photo By: Kyle Ericksen

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