By  on September 14, 2009

There was a whiteout backstage at Marc Jacobs Monday evening.

Makeup artist François Nars gave models’ faces a pale, almost ghostlike appearance using Nars’ sheer matte foundation in a shade called Siberia, over which a loose powder called — what else? — Snow was applied.

Eyes were also dramatic. They were lined with a shade called Black Moon. On top of that, black lines were drawn across the outer corners of the eyes with a liquid liner called Stylo, giving a catlike effect. The lids were given a vertical smudge of Pandora, a white-and-black eye shadow duo. Finishing off the graphic look was a dark red, wine-colored lip, a shade called Pop Life.

“It’s very powdery, white, pale — nothing that looks like makeup,” said Nars. “The idea was Gothic, romantic, like ballet dancers coming off stage.

“We wanted the girls to have an edge, [to] give girls a lot of strength, like characters, performers in a show.”

Meanwhile, Redken hairstylist Guido Palau stuck with the theatrical theme, creating a sort of knot at the top of the head and referencing dancer Martha Graham.

Hair was pulled up tight into a ponytail, then twisted and pinned back on itself. Palau used Redken’s Glass 01 Smoothing Serum for a slick look and finished the dos with Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray.

“She could be a dancer or an actress,” said Palau, “not pretty, but a dark ballerina with an edge. “It’s a very severe look,” he said, adding: “It’s simple but dramatic, as well.”

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