New York Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham
“She is a very glamorous woman and she wants to put a modern glamorous woman on the runway,” said hairstylist Guido Palau backstage at Victoria Beckham’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear show. But glamour for the former Spice Girl turned fashion designer is not the coiffed kind that we’ve come to expect of celebrities, especially on the red carpet. “It’s easy, it’s sexy and it almost feels like an accident,” Palau said. “Her clothes are designed in very luxurious fabrics, and they need that breath of fresh air when it comes to beauty.”
For Palau that called for simple hair, which he achieved with a ponytail with a highly matte, wet-looking finish. “There really is a whole new way of thinking about hair,” Palau explained. “Products have become like cosmetic aids now. Just as we can look at makeup as a means for making a complexion shiny or matte, we can look at products to achieve different textures.”
Palau created the style by first blasting a BaByliss blow-dryer on models’s strands. He then worked Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine (launching in May) into hair and saturated the length with Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, running fingers through locks as he progressed along to impart texture and to let the hair about the face fall naturally and haphazardly. He finally gathered strands at the nape of the neck and fastened them with an elastic.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal sought to emphasize models’s own features with a makeup effect that was also simple. Using fingers, she first massaged MAC Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion into the complexion. She then added a moisturizing foundation, long-wear concealer and MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (to the center of the face only). She next turned to the eyes, painting a sculpting cream in a coffee-walnut color onto the lids and, using the MAC 252 Large Shader Brush, a brown paint stick in the creases that she blended up toward the brows. She finally neutralized lips by dabbing on MAC Lip Erase in Dim.