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A Little Art History, A Little Stevie Nicks at Oscar de la Renta

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / September 15, 2011

True to form as the makeup artist we’d most want to make us pretty (seriously, every look she does is wearably gorgeous), Gucci Westman created a face inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings with a touch of Stevie Nicks.


“The most important thing here is the texture of the skin, and all the textures are creamy,” Gucci explained. She used a palette of peach, pink and nude shades to give skin a “pure” (though not pale) quality to the face. On the eyes, she used a blend of pink and brown: Revlon 16H Eye Shadow in Moonlit on lids, Matte Eye Shadow in Rich Sable to contour the crease and a single coat of Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara “just to lift the lashes up.” She blended peach and pink shades on the cheeks: Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Not Just Nudes (used as blush) and Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator in Pink Light. Lips got a nude wash of ColorBurst Lipstick in Fashion’s Night Pout.

“There’s not a whole lot of makeup this season,” Gucci observed. “There’s so much color in the clothes, and patterns” that minimal makeup just works better with the collections.

For the hair, Orlando Pita created a majorly fluffy, frizzy mass of combed out texture (I got a bit of flashback to last fall’s Marc by Marc Jacobs show). Along with the references Gucci mentioned (Stevie Nicks, the Pre-Raphaelite paintings), Orlando was inspired by Studio 54 and “Eyes of Laura Mars, a movie about modeling in the ‘70s, where Faye Dunaway’s a fashion photographer. There was a lot of that kind of textured hair in the ‘70s.”

Here, he created the texture by dividing models’ hair into sections and rick-racking pieces around hair pins. He used a T3 flat iron to press the coiled hair and left the pins to set before combing it all out.

Photos: Mat Szwajkos for Beauty Blitz (backstage); WireImage (runway)