By  on September 15, 2009

The look was anything but soft backstage at Rodarte’s spring show.

Faces, created by James Kaliardos for MAC, featured a dark “tattooed” lip with a burgundy stain overlay. “She’s a tough East L.A. gang girl,” said Kaliardos, who contoured complexions with powder, with a slightly matte texture. “It’s exploring the darker side of beauty,” he said. Kaliardos said the look, which featured minimal emphasis on brows and no mascara, was a “strong graphic statement.” “We were inspired by tattoo imagery,” he said.

Makeup extended from face to body as MAC artists applied edgy, geometric ornamental designs onto arms and necks. MAC senior artist Chantel Miller worked with Rodarte on the imagery, which was inspired by the facial tattoos of the Maori Tribe of New Zealand. Styling hair for Aveda was Odile Gilbert, who pulled hair back into an organic-looking plait. “It looks like she came out of the sea,” said Gilbert, who added stretched pieces of black wool to the flowing braid to channel the feel of a fishing net and the texture of cashmere.

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