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Backstage Beauty: Balmain Fall 2017

Tom Pecheux and Sam McKnight created the show’s beauty look.

“The makeup, for sure, is wild,” said Tom Pecheux backstage at Balmain, where he placed the focus on models’ peepers. “But it’s [also] very luxurious.”

For the look, he took a cue from the Balmain fall fashion collection, which was rich with various textures and included the likes of zebra prints, embroidery and beading.

Using MAC Cosmetics, the makeup artist crafted a copper-and-black eyelid, using products such as Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack, a smidge of black powder (“to give a little softness; I don’t want this girl to be mean,” Pecheux explained) and a copper pigment.

“There’s a little bit of silver under the eyes mixed with black,” he added.

Meanwhile, lips were left bare, since a piece of jewelry designed by the house’s creative director Olivier Rousteing would be put on as an ornament right before the show began. And models’ skin was made glowy with a contour.

Sam McKnight created a cornrowed look for fall. “It’s a low ponytail, with sometimes four braids, sometimes three braids, sometimes two,” the hairstylist said. “They’re cool girls still, but a little tougher, [more] tribal and warrior than [other seasons].”

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McKnight sprayed models’ scalps at the part with a hue slightly darker than their own, and finished off the look with his new signature hair line’s spray for a shine.