Backstage Report: Zac Posen
As Zac Posen's models pranced down the runway in ladylike dresses, structured bodices and gorgeous mermaid skirts, their hair and makeup matched the ultra-glam style. Grace Kelly can be credited as his beauty muse, and after speaking with the backstage team we practically sprinted home (in our high heels and all) to try the look.
Makeup: "Zac created an ombre effect in the construction of the clothesstructured to flowywhich made me think of eyelashes," says Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics. "So I doubled up a pair [of falsies] in the packet before putting them on the girls. One pair is long and wispy and the other is spiky and graphic." He also made peepers pop by defining the crease. "It's a '60 trick, but updated," he notes. "Try it by using a paintbrush to draw an eye shadow line in your crease and blend it with water."
Jimmy Paul for Bumble and Bumble constructed this elegant chignon with Marcel (S-shaped) waves in the front. While it can be kind of tricky to mimic at home (it involves using a 3/4-inch curling iron and tons of bobby pins), try an easy variation by pulling wavy tresses back into a low ponytail or bun. Then bring a bit of hair out to cover about half of your ear. Finish the retro style with heaps of Bumble and Bumble Does It All hairspray.
To complement the silk and chiffon fabrics in Posen's gowns, expert nail artist Elle mixes two Essie polishes: Demure Vix (a purple-y hue) on the bottom and Au Natural (a silvery-blue tint) on top. "It's like looking through a crystal ball," she gushes. "To combine colors, always put the metallic on first and the sheer on second."
RB's Insider Tip: According the Kabuki, the best way to apply a matte lip like the coral one seen at Posen's show is to put the concentration of the product in the center of your pout and blend outward. This softens the look.
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