The lip took center stage at Chris Benz’s spring showcase Monday afternoon, where the designer unveiled — and officially named — the limited edition lipstick he created with Lancôme as part of the brand’s Pout-à-Porter Series.
Called Chris ‘n’ Tell, the new pinky coral shade was named by Benz enthusiasts earlier this summer when Lancôme held a lipstick-naming contest on the designer’s Facebook fan page.
“We’re dressing up the face with the lipstick,” said makeup artist Daniel Martin, who created the shade two years ago to match a dress Benz had created for Elettra Wiedemann to wear to the Met Ball. “The overall look is very doll-like, like Raggedy Ann, so its very fair skin, but we’re pumping up the lashes and giving the eye a light shimmer.”
Martin evened out skin tone with Shu Uemura’s new Nobara Stick Foundation, before “sheering it out” with moisturizer for a “very light and even skin tone.” The pale face served as a neutral base on which the lipstick and the collection could shine.
“Chris’ collection is very bright,” said Martin. “He uses so much color that we wanted to keep the skin looking very neutral to show off the clothes.”
Loose textured hair, created by John Ruidant for Redken, completed the look, echoing a mixture of textures in Benz’s collection.
“It’s got a piecey, beachy feel to it,” said Ruidant, who blew out hair without using any brushes or combs to achieve a natural look. At the ends, he applied Redken’s Outshine product to tame any frizz.
Once dry, he sprayed the bottom half of hair with Redken’s Hot Sets for hold, before grabbing hair very “nonchalantly” and wrapping it around the barrel of the curling iron. The top was left loose, accented by a side part. Some girls received twists on sides to accent low-cut, one-shouldered tops.