New York Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection teemed with glamorous gowns that were (perhaps unsurprisingly) fit for the red carpet. And with awards season in full swing, we’re placing our bets on the celebrities who are bound to wear these creations in the coming weeks. When it came to the beauty look, the makeup, hair and nails were equally designed to turn heads.
Makeup artist Val Garland set out to bring strength to the overall mood with dramatic graphic eyeliner that was described as bad to the bone. Inspired by an old Gucci campaign shot by Mario Testino, Garland sketched a rectangular Art Deco-like shape on eyes with MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline. The liner was boxy at the inner corners of the eyes and then jutted out into a straight wing past the outer corners, before wrapping around the lower lash lines with an abrupt gap at the inner bottom. Garland then traced back over the pencil with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush for a pure matte black and smudge-proof finish. She left lashes bare.
Garland prepped the skin with MAC Complete Comfort Creme before perfecting the complexion with MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and highlighting and contouring it. She finished the look with a smidgen of MAC Lip Conditioner.
Hairstylist Odile Gilbert wanted a clean and sleek look to pair with the regal garments. After blow-drying hair straight and spritzing on Kérastase Resistance Spray Volumactiv for thickness, she fashioned a deep side part and slicked down the entire mane with Kérastase Elixir Ultime The Imperial for ample shine. She then gathered the lengths into a low, long ponytail, twisting it all the way down to the ends. Gilbert next took a swatch of black suede fabric and wrapped it around the ponytail before twisting it up into a knot. She set the look with a generous blasting of Kérastase Resistance Double Force hair spray for a shellacked finish.
The nails set out to match the elegant designs. Manicurist Michelle Saunders first prepped hands with Essie Ridge Filling Basecoat to smooth any imperfections that might be picked up by the icy pewter polish to come. She then painted one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Over the Edge on natural-shaped nails to match the jeweled embellishments in the collection. On toes, Saunders swiped on the deepest hunter green Essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics, which was a near-perfect pairing with the show’s black strappy heels. She finished both hands and feet off with a high-gloss top coat.