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Backstage at Atelier Versace Couture Spring 2016

Pat McGrath and Guido Palau created a “modern glamorous” beauty look for the show.

PARIS — “We’re talking about modern glamour,” Pat McGrath said backstage before the Atelier Versace show on Sunday night.


“Donatella (Versace) just really wanted a simple black eye – not layer upon layer upon layer,” the makeup artist explained. “She wanted sexy black eyes.”


McGrath used the Black Caviar gel liner pencil from her Phantom 002 makeup collection around models’ peepers, plus black eye gloss and oodles of mascara.


She made their skin appear fresh and highlighted, while lips remained nude.


“It’s very simple,” continued McGrath. “This is coming back again to strong makeup, but in a more wearable [way].”


She said the look was like something the models could do themselves.


“It is not the black eye of amazing, amazing skill,” she described. “It’s a much easier, fresh approach to glamour.”


Guido Palau gave a soft movement to models’ hair by creating bends in their tresses. “It’s not a bouncy curl,” he said.


To get the effect, he used a touch of Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray and a large curling iron.