James Kaliardos, for MAC, wanted a feeling of “Seventies psychedelia” for the look that complemented Nicole Miller’s fall collection. To begin, Kaliardos created perfected, dimensional complexions with MAC’s Matchmaster foundation and a taupe-hued cream color base. Two planet-inspired MAC foundations, due to be launched in July, were dusted onto cheeks for an ethereal “golden feel.” Kaliardios purposefully exaggerated the flushed cheeks in a C-shape “à la Diana Vreeland.” Lips were kept simple with a “creamy nude” lipstick in Delectable as well as MAC Lip Conditioner for a dose of moisture. Kaliardios further set out to channel the time of “Avedon, Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull and Sergeant Pepper” with sparkling brown pressed pigment (available in September) and plenty of Haute and Naughty mascara, layered with individually cut false lashes. A dab of golden shimmer applied to the center of the eyelid finished things off. “It looks very wet and liquid-y,” said Kaliardos. “It’s a big-eyed Seventies girl.”
Hair, done by Kevin Ryan for Rsession Tools, interpreted the Seventies-era silky straightness of Anita Pallenberg. Ryan used mainly Blow products, namely Blow Up Thickening Mist and Heat Is On Protective Styling Mist, and used a straightening iron to achieve a “clean” finish. He also used extensions on models with shorter styles. “It’s not too busy, not too tricky,” Ryan said. “What we wanted was a silky finish.”
Nails, by Wanda Ruiz for CND, were given a “time machine manicure,” which blended “modern-day technology with old-world technique.” Ruiz set out to deliver a hand-painted version of a digital print, with a base layer of Plumville polish. She then used a detail blush to swirl on “oblong circular lines” of Bicycle Yellow, Anchor Blue and Electric Orange polishes. Nails were filled short and semisquared.