Think Shanghai in the Thirties and you’ll get an idea of the beauty look at Ralph Lauren Thursday morning.
In fact, makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who was using a variety of MAC Cosmetics and Estée Lauder products, said, “The whole collection is based on the movie ‘The Last Emperor.’”
He went for “gorgeous, glowing dewy skin — you know, the Ralph Lauren touch. A bit of sun-kissed, rosy cheeks.” Mascara and eyeliner were applied and smudged on the outer corner of the eye for an Asian look.
“This year, we are bringing some drama to the face with a red matte lipstick, but more like a stain, rather than a lipstick,” he noted. “So there is no line, no contour. We dab the lipstick on.”
The eyes got a “very soft veil of a shimmery gray eye shadow — very see-through, very transparent, but still there,” said Pecheux.
Hairstylist Guido Palau maintained the Asian theme on the hair side.
“There’s a center part, a side part, there’s some down looks,” he explained. “There’s a low ponytail. Ralph is not bothered about it being a side part [or] a center part. He’s much more interested in the girl’s beauty.
“So if he sees a girl come in and she has a center parting, then she has a center part. If a girl comes in and she has a side parting…”
Palau noted the “stick-straight” hair had a lot of shine. There are three looks, he acknowledged, “but overall, it will feel like one world that dips into the Thirties.”
Palau used Redken thickening lotion to blow-dry the hair, which he then ironed. He applied hair spray and Redken’s Shine Flash 02 spray, which is due out in April.