A Lesson in Geometry at VPL - NYFW Fall 2012
(Photos: Mat Szwajkos for Beauty Blitz)
VPL designer Victoria Bartlett is known for her graphic, geometric looks - so it was appropriate that lead hair stylist Bob Recine for Phyto and Amika on Beauty.com created a runway coif based on the “geometry of straight,” with flat-ironed locks pulled into a low ponytail and a “waterfall” section draped over the back.
“We’re trying to make it as soft and feminine as possible,” Bob explained of the loose section that would “have a nice little dance walking down the runway.” To achieve the look, Bob used Phyto Professional Intense Volume Mousse to train the hair back, blow dried and coated hair with Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray before straightening with an Amika Ceramic Styler. Hair was divided into sections and parted either in the center or the side depending on the model (“we’re respecting each girl’s individual beauty,” Bob explained).
Meanwhile, lead makeup artist Romy Soleimani created a graphic eye using Lip Tar from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (“I use it editorially,” Romy explained, “it’s like oil paint for me”), which artists blended backstage to create either a turmeric or a violet plum shade, then topped with Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream for a “super high-gloss” finish. “If your shadow creases and it’s a little bit greasy, there’s something beautiful in that destroyed look. A deconstructed eye can be super sexy,” Romy said. Her tip for getting a geometric shape right? Work with your eyes open and have plenty of pointed Q-tips on hand. She also used a base of Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation with Ellis Faas Light highlighter on the cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes, along with Ellis Faas Concealer on the lips.
Models were also treated to express facials backstage, courtesy of esthetician Eileen Harcourt for Lierac, who cleansed skin with the brand’s Cleansing Water before painting on a combination of masques like “tribal” paint (this is high-concept skincare, ladies and gentlemen!). She finished faces with Creme Mesolift, which features hyaluronic acid, vitamins and minerals to give an “immediate glow and radiance” to skin.
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