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Chris Benz Does A Kooky Warhol Superstar-Inspired Look

"We want the skin to look lit from within," said celebrity aesthetician Eileen Harcourt backstage at yesterday’s Chris Benz presentation as she cleansed models’ faces using a Clarisonic. Indeed, even the girls know that these special pre-makeup treatments do wonders for their complexion. “We used to notice that the girls used to just drift into Chris Benz,” Harcourt joked. “Now that this is the third or fourth Chris Benz show that we’ve been doing Clarisonic facials, the girls are all here and nobody is late.”

Inspecting the final makeup look, it’s obvious why perfect skin was a must: the bold lip and eye color really needed a smooth, clear canvas to project properly. Lead makeup artist Daniel Martin of Lancome described the inspiration: “The general look is a ’60s influence. Candy Darling was our muse.” The Pop Art influence was readily apparent in the combination of seafoam green shadow and vibrant coral lipstick — Sequence of Love, available next February. While most women would shy away from pairing a statement lip and eye together, Martin had a good tip. “Start with a bright liner rather than an eyeshadow,” he explained. “Keep it close to the lash line so it’s not too obvious and focus more on the lip because it’s more wearable day to day.”

And if you thought the makeup was loud, than the hair was even louder. TIGI's DJ Riggs was supervising voluminous manes making sure they were adequately sized. “The inspiration is the Warhol Superstars,” said Riggs. “We want to keep everything quite wiggy, so in order to achieve that, you really need to use a lot of dry shampoo to add as much texture as possible.” Rigg's method for creating that second-day hair feel: spraying plenty of Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo, and then setting the top portion of the hair with rollers. The girls with longer hair had the bottom section of their hair braided into a tight bun to help create a poofy bob. When the rollers came out, everyone had their hair brushed out and doused with an ample dose of hairspray post-rollers to really bring the silhouette together. 

—Meredith

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