From left to right: Givenchy, Donna Karan, Just Cavalli, Giambattista Valli (Photo: Fashionista)
I was in fourth grade when I first read about the phenomenon of putting Vaseline on your eyelids in an issue of Seventeen. It seemed like a very brave and grownup notion at the time, and certainly something that would never fly in front of my classmates (whose beauty experimentation stopped at flavored Lip Smackers). Ever since then, I’ve tossed the idea around whenever I grow bored of my everyday matte shadow. And if the Fall 2013 shows are any indication, now may be the best time to finally experiment with the shiny eye look. The coolest part? In lieu of petroleum jelly, you can use almost any translucent lip gloss (and probably even that half-used tube of balm lying around in your purse).
The Show: VPL
Makeup: Romy Soleimani with Ellis Faas and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com
Hair: Bob Recine for Phyto, Amika, and Beauty.com
Nails: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com
The Vibe: Geometric shapes and hard lines with a pop of the unexpected. To match fall’s VPL line, which is filled with strong graphic shapes and sexy silhouettes, lead stylist Bob Recine created a slicked down look, but added a free-falling crown piece for flow. To achieve the style, Recine dried hair with an amika dryer, the parted hair at the center or on the side. He then pulled away a triangular section of hair at the crown (to be released later), and combed down the sides. Products that were essential were Phyto's Volume Mousse to get the right texture and Phytolaque Soie Hair Spray, which were spritzed on brushes to add shine. “You want that diamond finish, which is not wet or glossy, but more glassy” said Recine. Side sections were then tied into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, and covered with the top portion of free hair that was then combed out and flat-ironed with an amika straightener.
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.”