By  on February 10, 2013

Makeup, by Val Garland for MAC, was centered around a graphic, “stamped” black eye. “[The collection] is very elegant, very red carpet, evening. So we thought we’d get in and do a very graphic eye that is a little bit more edgy,” said Garland, who used MAC Blacktrack gel eyeliner in a blunt line, under and over the eye, leaving a small segment of the center lower eye unlined. “The inspiration was deco Thirties architecture,” said Garland. “There are a lot of graphics in the clothing.” Skin was left clean and healthy looking, keeping the attention on the eye. “We kept the skin gorgeously beautiful and clean and just put this stamp on the eye,” said Garland, who didn’t use any mascara on the look. “It’s all about the graphic liner and keeping the lashes unadorned. Lips were natural, given a dab of real color, pink,” she said.

Hair, styled by Oldile Gilbert for Kérastase, was sleek but edgy, featuring ribbons of black suede wrapped around a neat updo. To begin, Gilbert created a very deep part then pulled all hair together to the side and wrapped it in a rubber band, keeping the sides slicked down. “It’s very sleek ponytail, very low,” she said. “We twist the hair, we put the ribbon in suede and from there we create the chignon.” Doubleforce Hairspray was added to keep hair in place and impart the high shine. “It’s modernity,” Gilbert said simply of the look. When asked, Gilbert was hesitant to name upcoming seasonal trends. “Fashion is a constant movement,” she said. “It’s not that you want something to come back, you want to modernize it. I live day by day. I live in the moment I am doing something.” Gilbert also stressed the beauty of individuality. “Its about the personality,” she said. “Even if you do a look on the model it’s never going to look exactly the same because everybody is different.”

Nails, created by Michelle Saunders, of Essie, featured two shades. One coat of Over the Top, an icy gray, was applied to fingers “to go with the embellishment of the collection,” while Stylenomics, an inky almost-black with a deep hunter green base, was used on feet. “It’s really dark,” said Saunders. “[Monique] wanted something dramatic but elegant to go with her shoes, which are really a highlight of the collection. She didn’t want to do burgundy or red. And she didn’t want to do a black, but something kind of in between, something edgy but elegant and this was the perfect color.”

Looking to spring and fall Saunders said, “I have to say I see a lot of nail color still in the forefront and nail art is super impactful this runway season.”

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