Ruffian’s fall-winter beauty was inspired by both French fashion and the cosmos. “We’re doing a Parisian girl taking a trip to the moon,” said lead makeup artist James Kaliardos for MAC Cosmetics. “She is iridescent, with pearl and luna shadows swept on her temples and cheekbones.” Complexions were sheer and ethereal, highlighted with glittery loose pigment powder in shades of periwinkle, muted teal and lavender. “The news here is that we’re wearing the eye shadows on the upper cheekbone and contouring with a deeper sparkling shade,” said Kaliardos. “It’s bringing attention to a forgotten part of the face.” Lips were painted a creamy matte-finished fuchsia, to give off the soft feel of cashmere.
Hair, styled by Neil Moodie for Bumble and bumble, was equally Space Age inspired, a twisted bun piled high atop the forehead. “It’s a new take on the chignon,” said Moodie. “We’ve captured elements of astrology and the sky.” Moodie used Bumble and bumble Prep Spray, layered with Styling Cream for a “slightly matte” finish and an “easy, modern” feel. “It’s been tied into a ponytail, then wrapped up in three sections,” said Moodie. “We’ve built it to be a slight cone, slightly alien shape.”
Nails, designed by CND, also were inspired by the heavens. Tips were coated with blue-black shade Inkwell, then covered with a matte topcoat for a satin finish. A platinum crescent moon was added to match the feel of a starlit, constellation-filled sky. “It’s a reverse eclipse,” said CND style director Jan Arnold. About the girl behind the beauty look? “It’s effervescent, illuminescent and aurora borealis inspired,” said Ruffian designer Brian Wolk. “It’s a big bang,” added the other half of the dynamic design duo, Claude Morais.