Less was most definitely more backstage at Emanuel Ungaro Wednesday.

“Hair is very simple, very natural, very sexy and sensual,” said hairstylist Stéphane Lancien. “It’s like after a day at the beach, she’s washed her hair and let it dry with the wind.”

Lancien washed models’ hair if it contained leftover styling products from a previous show, but otherwise, locks were left to fall naturally.

While hair was a product-free zone, Sharon Dowsett, who was working with MAC Cosmetics, used a plethora of products to create a barely there makeup look.

“The motto on one of the T-shirts [in the collection] is ‘do less and accomplish more,’” she said. “That’s what we’re doing.”

Skin was prepped with MAC moisturizers followed by Fix+. To create a fresh base, Dowsett used a combination of Face and Body, Strobe Liquid and Strobe Cream.

“I don’t want [the models] to look tired. They should look like it’s the first day of their holidays,” said Dowsett, adding that she used MAC Studio Finish concealers, which were being tested backstage, to cover up blemishes. Eyelids were slicked with a blend of Gloss and Graphito Eye Paint, Eye Kohl in Smolder was dotted along lash lines and lashes were curled before being coated in Pro Lash mascara to create what Dowsett dubbed a “lamp-lit eye.”

Blushcreme in Cherche was used on cheeks, followed by Emanuel Ungaro Cream Color Base in Crushed Bougainvillea, which was created for the fashion brand by MAC. A smidgen of Emanuel Ungaro See Thru Lip Color in Not So Shy was applied to the inner part of the lip, while Face and Body and Blushcreme in Cherche were used around the outer edges.

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