Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Backstage At WALTER: A Style360 Production At Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

A breakdown of the makeup and hair for the WALTER F/W 2010 presentation as fashioned by the experts:

Hair for the presentation was done by Toni & Guy stylists using TIGI Catwalk products. Lead stylist, Whitney Bliske, explained that the look created was designed to complement the feminine quality of the collection. The hair was styled into a classic, sleek pony tail with ribbon wrapped around its base. This addition of ribbon served to push the pony tail further away from the head, giving it greater movement. Stylists used TIGI Catwalk Root Boost to control fly aways at the top of the head (interestingly, I spotted a stylist spraying the product onto what appeared to be a blush brush and painting it onto the hair) and finished off by adding TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Firm Hold Hairspray for shine. The hair was simple, sleek, feminine, and soft.

Makeup: The look for makeup was again brought to fruition by the Napoleon Perdis team. Napoleon explained and demonstrated the desired look on model Sadie (an incredibly sweet British-born model who opened and closed the show). He said that the inspiration for the beauty was drawn from several dichotomies - masculine vs. feminine, tomboy vs. vamp, and good girl vs. bad girl. As I had previously learned from my backstage attendances, there is an obvious trend of "flawless, protected, and prepped" skin. To that end, Napoleon used the Auto Pilot Cruising Moisturizing and Anti-Aging serum along with concealer followed by Boudoir Mist airbrush foundation (it's all about the spray foundations!). For eyes, Napoleon chose a stunning variation of the classic smokey eye. The look was a royal blue smokey eye, that he softened and waved out. He added three coats of Mesmer-Eyes mascara to create a healthy, sexy lash with a glossy finish. Brows were left natural, simply brushed up. Cheeks displayed subtle contouring through the use of deeper shades of foundation and were mostly left without color. On the fairer complected models, a hint of a pink mosaic blush was added. Lip colors varied depending on skin tones. Some girls were given a nude lip (in "Lianna" once again), while others sported a strong, creamy red-hued pout. The red shade used was called "SMP Goddess," and played homage to both Napoleon's own wife (the color is named after her ) as well as designer WALTER's wife (she loves to wear the color).

The start of the beautiful blue smokey eye, as demonstrated on Sadie. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay to capture the final look! :-(

Nothing was done with nails, which I found interesting.

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