Backstage at the J.Mendel show Tuesday, polished sophistication ruled. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, working with Cover Girl, described the face as “very modern, but at the same time, sophisticated and sexy.” To create the look, she applied a brown shadow all the way around the eye, up to the brow. She then rimmed the eyes with a thin and precise application of a black liquid liner. Underneath the bottom lashes, she applied a metallic green cream shadow and finished the eye look with NatureLuxe mousse mascara. Lips were nude, with lip balm and a bit of ShineBlast Lipgloss. Cheeks were relatively bare, with a touch of illuminator.
For the hair, Guido Palau, Redken creative consultant, created a sculpted low chignon. “The look is Seventies in a sophisticated, innocent way.” The look can be kind of severe, so softness is the key to this style, he added.
He began by smoothing hair into a low ponytail with his fingers and then creating a kind of knot. He then applied Quick Dry 18 hair spray and a hairnet to keep hair tightly in place. He used his fingers to soften the hair around the hairline and ears. Lastly, he applied Redken Shine Flash for subtle sheen. On nails, models wore a taupe cream color called Mousseline, a shade created in collaboration with Gilles Mendel. The shade will be available at retail this fall.