Jennifer Hirshlag Feb 12, 2013
At Reem Acra's fall 2013 ready-to-wear show, polished refinement was interpreted quite literally for a beauty look that shined. Pat McGrath's makeup shimmered, starting with gorgeous skin that took down the luminescence from the brand's spring 2013 complexion to result in a gently lit-from-within effect. McGrath crafted a bold brow, brushing in powder and continually combing through strands for a dark face-framing arch. She then swiped a glistening blue-gray powder onto lids and beneath lash lines. She accented the look by painting a precise red lip, dabbing away the pigment from the middle of the mouth to appear already broken in from perhaps sipping a glass of wine. Helmut Newton photographs from the '80s were the starting point for hairstylist Didier Malige's wet-look chignon. "It's aggressive and androgynous," he explained. "It's the same type of chignon that has always existed at couture houses, like YSL and Chanel. But it now has more texture." He created that shellacked texture by first treating strands with René Furterer Volume A Volumizing Conditioning Spray. After blow-drying hair, he doused locks with René Furterer Straightening Gel. He formed a deep side part and then pulled back strands smoothly into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. To finish the look, he twisted the ponytail tightly, working his way from the top to the end, finally coiling it up and around. He secured the knot with bobby pins and pinched it with his palm for a result that he said should look like Olive Oyl. Manicurist Gina Edwards said she was inspired by the Asian influences in the collection's clothing when selecting the red for models's nails. She lacquered a combination of Essie Nail Polish in Bordeaux and Sole Mate on oval tips for a rich finish, topping it off with Essie Good to Go. The same pigment dressed models's toes.




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