Stella McCartney's Simple Elegance

Back when I was a magazine editor, I covered backstage at the Stella McCartney runway show for nine seasons—and in those four years, the amount of makeup used at all of those shows combined could probably fit into a single makeup pouch. It's no secret that Stella prefers minimal—make that virtually nonexistent—makeup for her runway models. Save a touch of concealer here and a whisper of blush there, the girls in her show are usually just their freshly scrubbed selves, without so much as even a sweep of mascara on. But this morning at her Fall 2011 runway show in Paris, the models appeared to have a little something extra going on: A razor thin, slightly winged line of black liquid liner drawn along their top lash lines. Though the rest of the makeup (or lack thereof) was the designer's usual clean aesthetic, that simple flick of crisp black liner on an otherwise nude face elevates the look from downtown bohemian to polished young lady. It's a perfect example of how one product can pull your entire makeup look together, while still keeping the overall feel natural and low key. What do you think of the beauty look at Stella's show? PHOTOS FROM STYLE.COM


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