Backstage prior to the Victoria Beckham dress presentation Sunday morning — where Beckham herself got into the decorative spirit and placed candles and greenery around the show space — hairstylist Didier Malige was working on behalf of Frédéric Fekkai.
Malige did a long, straight down ’do that he said had the same volume and direction of teased hair — minus the teasing. He used Fekkai’s Full Blown Volume mousse to keep the hair straight. “It keeps the humidity away and it will never go back to curls,” said Malige.
The one embellishment of the blunt-cut look was a curved crimp in the hair at the shoulders — done with a set of hot tongs — an element Malige described as a “surprise effect, a trick, a little different.” He rounded out the style with Fekkai’s Sheer Hold Hairspray to “keep [the hair] really flat on the side of the head.”
“It’s a variation of Sixties hair,” Malige said, describing the overall appearance.
Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, working for Lancôme, was inspired by Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor. The eyes popped because Tilbury brushed on multiple layers of eye shadow, including dark purple, lavender and blue-lavender shades “to create depth and intensity of color.” The hues culminated into a powdery, purple pastel look from brow to lash root, which Tilbury called a “block” of color.
“Victoria basically wanted girls to [be] Warhol portraits of Marilyn [Monroe] and Liz Taylor.”
The Elizabeth Taylor effect came in when Tilbury applied black liquid eyeliner, tapering it past the outer corners of the eyes then applying mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
The lips were the opposite of powdery pastel. They got a mixture of gingery and pinky-beige shades for a “ginger-beige-pink” effect, atop which Tilbury put a “gorgeously lush, thick lacquer” of gloss.
“It’s a juxtaposition between matte and glossy,” she said. “It’s a sexy nude color with powder eyes.”
Lancôme’s Teint Miracle foundation was applied to the face, layered with highlighter. “They’re fresh, dewy and young,” said Tilbury. “It’s glam full-on, very luminous skin.”