Saturday, I went backstage at the show for Jonathan Simkhai‘s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at Fashion Week for a chance to talk with famed makeup artist Gucci Westman and hair genius Nick Irwin about the looks they created for the show.
To compliment Simkhai’s clothing, Irwin went with a sleek hairdo that feels polished, not posed. According to Irwin, he looked to images of the 1960s mod trends for inspiration. Though the initial hair plans consisted of a more graphic look, he wound up opting for a clean style that complimented all the lines of the clothing. The super straight, low side-parting, slight cowlick in the front, and behind-the-shoulder bottom portion looked neat and wearable. As he said, the hair takes a “backseat” — for this show, nothing took away from the clothing.
Throughout Fashion Week, models often do 3, 4, even 5 shows per day — that’s a lot of hair and makeup changes. So, in order to keep their hair looking luxurious, Irwin used leave-in conditioner and CATWALK by TIGI Curlesque Lightweight Mousse, working it through with a paddle brush. For the glossy shine, he went over the models’ hair CATWALK by TIGI Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray. To set the look, hair was spritzed with CATWALK by TIGI Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hair Spray.
As you can see, whether short or long, Irwin’s style works beautifully and to the same effect. Oh, and as a side note, my phone decided to make this model look like a ghost the second she turned to me. Figures.
Nails were a pale cream color using Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Pink Cashmere, plus the Smoky Matte Top Coat to keep things from getting too glossy.
Beauty-wise, Revlon Global Artistic Director Westman used earthy, neutral tones that are subtle enough to be wearable for an everyday look but dramatic enough to stand out under all the bright lights of the runway. It was important to keep the skin looking flawless while maintaining a dewy look. To achieve this, she used Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in a shade according to each model’s individual skin tone, then applied Revlon Powder Blush in Mauvelous and Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bronze to get a beautiful glow.
Eye-wise, Westman picked Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes, Photoready Kajal Liner in Emerald Empire at the inner corner of models’ eyes, Colorstay Eyeliner in Brown, Lash Potion Mascara in Black Black (which I reviewed here!) and ColorStay Shadowlinks in Chocolate. Though it’s on the “smoky” side, this look can absolutely be worn to work and afterward, making it perfect for one of those mythical “day-to-night” styles lazy people like me are always searching for.
I watched her apply makeup to model Hannare Blaauboer.
The look put into practice.
The coolest thing about this look? You can wear it today, tonight and tomorrow morning at 8 AM for work. Basically: it’s super flexible. It’ll go with a black top and skinny jeans for a date, with a bright sheath dress for a work event or just plain walking around on your day off. Considering how wild lots of the makeup is at NYFW, the wearable runway look is a rare breed.
From appearing dramatic…
…To relaxed — all using the same products and techniques. (A smile presumably helps, as well!)
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Photos: Myself, Getty Images.