By  on March 1, 2012

PARIS — Balmain’s fall 2012 fashion collection was as opulent as its runway beauty look was minimal.

“The clothes are even more luxurious than usual, so we decided to go kind of grunge,” said makeup artist Tom Pecheux.

Models’ faces were massaged with moisturizer, after which concealer was used on imperfections. T-zones were powdered and a veil of taupe-like color applied “to sculpt the face.” Lips got some Chapstick and eyebrows were brushed with a bit of brown or black mascara. 

“The technique is very couture, because you have to treat everybody very individually,” said Pecheux.

Coifs were also in a minimal vein.

“There’s no embellishment,” said hairstylist Sam McKnight. “It’s always natural here [at Balmain], but today is the rawest we’ve ever done.”

For the most part, tresses were just spritzed with water before being left to dry naturally.

“It’s a cool, young look,” he said.

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