Aquatic inspirations abounded backstage at Monique Lhuillier’s ocean-exploring Spring 2013 collection.
Val Garland, for MAC, played up the water element by washing eyes with an electric blue hue. Inspired by “Jerry Hall on holiday in Mustique,” Garland used MAC Chromacake in High Def Cyan–which she blended with MAC Mixing Medium–to make it more malleable, as well as MAC eye pencil in High Def Cyan and shadow in the same hue. “It’s a really strong build up of color,” said Garland, who added that the finish on the eye had both matte and wet elements. A bit of gold shimmer was added to the inner corner of the eye and brows were groomed. According to Garland, models’ faces were made to “glisten.” After applying MAC Prep + Prime, she contoured cheeks in a bone beige shade. Lips were “played down” with Luxe Lipstick.
To match the marine-like makeup, Odile Gilbert, for Kérastase Paris, created mermaid-esque “holiday hair.” She began by parting each model’s hair in the center, then sprayed Double Force Controle Ultime from mid-hair to tips. Then, with a three-barrel iron, Gilbert infused “crimp-like” waves. To create an “exaggerated” wet look at the top of the head, so girls looked like they were “emerging from the water,” Gilbert used ample amounts of Elixir Ultime, layered with more Double Force hair spray.
Nails and toes, done by Candice Manacchio for CND, were meant to reference both the inside of a seashell as well as water’s qualities of movement and reflection. Manacchio layered Lavender Pearl effect polish with Lilac Longing, a shade from CND’s new Garden Party collection, which launches in May, 2013. “It ‘s like staring at your toes under the water at the beach,” said Manacchio.