“It’s geek chic,” said Gordon Espinet, working for MAC Cosmetics backstage at Dsquared2. “It’s not the usual over-the-top sexiness you get from the designers. We didn’t want to create a matte face, but used MAC’s Mineralize powders as a base with MAC’s Brit Wit cream blush on the cheek bones.”
Eyes were stained with a new dark eye shadow set to launch later this year — Mega Metal Shadow in Unflappable — to create the effect of a woman who’d been working in front of her computer all evening and smudged her makeup.
“This new shade has an almost sooty appearance with yet with plum, brown tones,” Espinet noted.
Brows were filled in with eye pencils before being manipulated to look uncared for. MAC’s Teddy eyeliner defined the inside of eyes, and black mascara on lashes added volume.
Lips were given a light coat of MAC Pro’s Lip Erase Lip Balm to erase the model’s natural lip colors, adding an androgynous twist.
“It’s girls as boys and boys as girls,” hairstylist Sam McKnight said about the model’s messy chignons. “I wanted it to be a statement rather than just a tight knot.”
McKnight pulled hair into a fold at the cape of the neck before pining it into place and teasing strands to create a disheveled effect.
Pantene’s Volume and Body Mousse created the required texture, whilst Pantene’s Smooth and Sleek Firm Hold Hairspray assisted in molding some of the model’s boyish side-partings.