September 13, 2010 Makeup.com TIPS & TUTORIALS

Backstage at Victoria Beckham: A Mod Moment

Victoria Beckham isn't exactly known for her modesty—so it was no surprise that at her spring show yesterday, the makeup begged to be noticed. Victoria and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury—who have worked together on and off since Victoria's Spice Girls days—came up with the vivid look after browsing through photos of Andy Warhol's colorful portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. "Victoria wanted a strong makeup statement that really links to fashion," said Charlotte, noting that the collection's mix of punchy oranges, purples, and pinks lent to the '60s feel of the makeup. "So we decided to take the classic Liz Taylor Cleopatra eye and give it a cool, quirky twist." That quirky twist came in the form of bright violet shadow, which was a mix of three Lancôme shades: Color Design Eye Shadows in Trendy and Drama brushed from the lids up into the brows and Ombre Magnétique in Lavender (a new shimmery violet shade launching this spring) swept on top to create what Charlotte described as "a block of color." She then drew a thick stripe of winged liquid liner along the top lashes using Lancôme Artliner in Noir, smudged black pencil under the lower ones, and piled Lancôme Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. (For real life, Charlotte suggests toning down the look by wearing a bright violet shadow just on your lids and making the winged liner thinner and less dramatic.) The rest of the makeup was natural yet luminous. "We want the skin to look absolutely perfect, almost like plastic, to juxtapose the strong eye makeup," said Charlotte, who achieved this with Lancôme Teint Miracle foundation and Lancôme Éclat Miracle Serum Illuminator (a new liquid highlighter launching this spring) swiped on the cheekbones up to the temples for a pearlescent sheen. To create super shiny toffee-colored lips, she mixed Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Rich Cashmere with the clear Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss. The hair, by Didier Malige for Fekkai, was also a nod to the past with a contemporary twist: Stick straight and center-parted, but with a crimped horizontal bump across the back. After all, this was a Victoria Beckham show—cheeky aberrations are par for the course.
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