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Skin Was In At VPL

The facial station backstage at VPL utilizing Clarisonic and Intraceuticals products.

Aside from messy hair, the other major trend I have been noticing as I bounce around New York Fashion Week has been the love affair with dewy, fresh skin. Case in point: At yesterday’s VPL show, the backstage action was all focused on skin — so much so that the models received super-charged facials with Clarisonic and Intraceuticals products before sitting down for makeup. As Eileen Harcourt, the celebrity esthetician providing the treatments explained, “For VPL, skin is an accessory.” (I must admit, I’ve never thought about it like that.) “When they’re going down the runway,” she said, “They’re glowing.” It’s a nice treat for the models as well, Harcourt admitted. “The girls now come super early to the show so they can have their spa moment, so it’s a nice pick-me-up for them.” Well, that’s one way to make sure the talent shows up on time.

Models got either an orange eye or an orange lip.

Once the girls were sufficiently fresh faced, the next stop was getting was sitting down with a team from Bare Escentuals. Resident makeup artist for the brand, Alexandra Pappas, said of the look, “The skin is going to be really luminous, just really beautiful, natural, and glowy.” Since it was more about enhancing the models’ features than anything else, the few key products were: the Prime Time Brightening Pearl Eyelid Primer, used to highlight the top of the cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes, and the Bare Minerals Illuminating Mineral Veil, which Pappas pointed out “helps to draw light to those area of the face where you don’t normally have any highlight.”

Makeup artist Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com applying a sassy “flash” of bright orange liner.

And since it’s impossible to mention the makeup at yesterday’s show without talking about the serious pop of color the models were sporting, I spoke with the lead makeup artist on the scene, Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com. When we chatted, she was busy applying hot orange to a model’s lids. “I just want it to be this kind of flash, almost like a Blade Runner-y flash,” said Soleimani of the look, which utilized a special custom blend of Bare Escentuals products. But not all models had neon peepers—some got intensely bright pouts. “It just depends on the girl,” said Soleimani of who gets what. “One that’s a more tomboyish girl, then we’ll give her an eye, if there’s a girl with a great lip, we’ll give her the lip.” I’m not going to lie, if it had been me in that chair, I would have loved that crazy liner—so fun!

—Meredith

To check out all our awesome backstage coverage of the Fall 2011 shows, click here.

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