Backstage Report: Ruffian
The Inspiration: A nod to the modern sculpture gardens of British estates, this sexy retro look is a metaphor for the contrast between old-school mansions and the introduction of modern art.
Makeup: "I was influenced by the color palette of bronze sculptures," explains James Kaliardos, working with MAC. The makeup artist used loose pigments to create metallic lids and contoured models' faces with an array of concealers and foundations. To highlight portrait-worthy cheekbones, Kaliardos used MAC Longwear Eyeshadow in Always Sunny and dabbed it along the cheekbones. The focal point of the face, though, was a bold crimson pout ("Inspired by European film icons, like Catherine Deneuve," he adds) that was created by layering red lip liner with the signature MAC Ruffian lipstick from Fall 2009.
Hair: Working with Bumble and Bumble, Neil Moodie shaped manes of wild ringlets to play off of the structural, tailored pieces in this collection. A tip to curly-haired ladies, to score a more modern effect, like these sexy coils, loosely comb out ringlets and define a side part to create a fuller silhouette.
RB Insider Tip: Go 3-D with your mani. MAC created custom velvet tips in ruby red, sapphire blue, and deep eggplant purple to complement the heavier fabrics featured in this high-brow collection.
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