Faces at the Monique Lhuillier fall show, created by Val Garland for MAC, were fresh, but intricately styled. Garland created a “lush Lolita lip” and porcelain, polished skin, with a bit of highlighter on cheekbones and above the lip for subtle sculpting. A romantic lilac gloss was added to eyelids for a “fresh, innocent but glamorous look.” Garland left lashes without mascara and used bright red lipstick in crimson, dusted over with an opaque red powder for a true red, velvet lip. “There’s a red-carpet feel,” said Garland. “It’s the look of her first debutante ball or a night on the town.”
Hair, styled by Rudi Lewis for Barex, featured an ornate, Samurai-styled bun, interwoven with a roped braid of hair, twisted with a 2-meter-long piece of satin from the collection. “We’re piling hair high and pinning it up in front,” said Lewis. “The collection is very embroidered and detailed and we wanted hair that reflected that.” Lewis used Barex Gloss Hairspray to keep hair slicked back in a geometric ponytail, where lines and pleats were strategically created. He used black elastics, infused in the style, to tie up the pieces and keep the updo from falling. “It’s young and fresh and definitely not heavy,” said Lewis.
Nails featured CND’s Rouge Red, topped with two coats of CND Air Dry Topcoat for a supershiny finish. “It’s exotic and lacquered,” said CND style director Jan Arnold. “It’s almost a liquid red. This is a China Doll beauty story.