Backstage at J.Mendel on Wednesday, hairstylist Anthony Turner for L’Oréal Professionnel sought to gently place his stamp on the collection’s feminine heritage. “This is the first time I am doing the J.Mendel show. I wanted to come in with a fresh approach. I wanted to give it my British rebellion somehow,” said Turner.
To respectfully play against the femininity of the clothes, “I wanted to make the girls look like boys.” He combed hair into a deep part after applying Perfect Texture, due out in February, and Volumetry Root Spray, and dried it incredibly flat with a Mason Pearson brush. He let the back dry naturally and before the models walked the runway he worked Mythic Oil onto the ends of the hair.
Makeup artist Gucci Westman for Revlon created a “sporty” look complete with luminous skin and punctuated it with a brick-red lip. While listening to Jay-Z, which she was blasting on her own speaker, Westman applied Skinlights Face Illuminator onto the skin. She used three shades on the cheeks to create a flush tone: Powder Blush/Bronzer in Bronzilla and Powder Blush in both Classy Coral and Wine Not, all new for January. For eyes, she applied Java to the lids and under-eye area.
On the nails, manicurist Jin Soon Choi for Revlon used Tradewinds, a nude hue, with Matte Top Coat.