Backstage Report: VPL
The Inspiration: "The designer's roots are in lingerie, and she really helped pioneer inner-wear as outwear," explained Nonie Creme, manicurist for Butter London. "We wanted the girl to feel undressed. A bit raw and sexual. The whole beauty look is really like she just stepped out of a hot, steamy sauna."
Skin & Makeup: In order to get that naked feel, the emphasis was truly on the skin more than makeup. Clarisonic was on hand, using its delicate brush head to cleanse every model's skin. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used Clé de Peau's eyeshadow quad in #208 to create natural shading, emphasizing where the eye socket recedes, and skipped mascara and liner.
Hair: "We wanted the hair to look like they just got out of the showersimple, but chic," said Bob Recine for Phyto. They "sculpted it into an upward sweep" by applying mousse liberally and combing it through with a wide-tooth comb. To ensure hair stays behind the ears, Recine sprayed hairspray directly on a comb and pulled everything behind the ear.
Nails: "The story's about nakedness and nudity, but it's not crass, it's empowered and sexual," said Creme. She kept the models' nails natural by painting two coats of Butter London's Tea with the Queen, a warm, tan beige. "If you have a great foundation, you can walk out of the house with nothing else!" Point taken.
RB's Insider Tip: Clarisonic-lovers, listen up: You can cleanse your brush heads in the washing machine! The pros we chatted with backstage recommended throwing them in a lingerie bag and cleaning with your whites.
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