Radiance and restraint were the words of the day backstage at Hérve Léger’s spring 2013 showing. Val Garland, for Temptu, focused on creating incandescent skin and a strong brow to keep the models looking healthy and young. “The look is a very tough, androgynous beautiful, brushed-brow girl,” said Garland, who used Temptu Airpod Foundation across the face and a shimmering champagne highlight to contour. “The skin is flawless.” For the final look, which also featured champagne-hued highlight on eyelids and the inner corners of the eye, and glistening “moisture” on the lip, power came from simplicity. “The clothing is very body conscious and the hair is strong so to pull the girls back a little [in the face] made them even stronger,” she said. “It was all about getting that glow factor in the skin.”
The striking braid-infused hairstyle, imagined by Laurent Philippon for Bumble and bumble, alluded to both a “harness” and “s & m. I’t a very simple shape with a couture twist,” he said, drawing a parallel between the look and the collection. “It’s deliberate.” Philippon began by “loading” hair with Bumble’s Spray de Mode, then applying Does It All styling spray, while flat ironing. Next, Philippon created a “very clean” side part and infused two tight cornrow-style braids right above the model’s ears. The braids were then brought to the back of the head and united into one. Although one of the side braids was hidden under the look, the other wrapped around the back of the head, then seemed to disappear into the hair. To achieve this half hidden braid, Philippon pulled a portion of the models hair over it on only one side. “It’s very structured and tough,” he said, “But it moves. It’s not stiff.”
Nails, done by Michelle Saunders of Essie, featured BBF Best Boyfriend or “the perfect pink,” inspired by the “sexy silhouettes.” Saunders applied two coats off the half sheer, half opaque hue to both fingers and toes to “elongate” and “open” hands and feet. “The basic manicure is always around,” said Saunders.