UK-based designers Falguni & Shane Peacock made their US debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week last Friday. To keep the focus on the opulent couture designs, the beauty look was understated with a twist—metallic smoky eyes up to the brow bone, coupled with a pinned-down coif and nude nails.
Key makeup artist Kevin James Bennett for Mehron Makeup designed a look described as “Hollywood glam reinterpreted by Versace & McQueen.”
“Every piece looks like art, so the makeup could not overpower it,” said Bennett. “We pulled one common thread–the gold and bronze tones– and created a totally metallic, bronze-gold eye with a sharp line blended out to a soft edge.” The makeup brand, traditionally known for its body painting products, was a perfect match to the collection.
Blush was applied to the cheeks while the foundation was still wet, creating a soft touch of color to offset the golden tones. Lips were a deep rosy mauve tone, slightly darker than natural lip color, along with a nude lip liner. To finish it off, foundation was mixed with lip gloss to giving the appearance that blended with the complexion.
To further add the focus to the clothes, hair was pinned down entirely with bobbi pins, and a black or red turban wrapped around the base of the hairline. “We tried to keep the hair as minimal as possible,” said Matthew Curtis, lead UK hairstylist for Tresemme, “but at the same time creating a bit of reflection as they walk down the runway.
Manicurist Daria Hardeman for M2M damoreJon Nails shaped the nail to a square round and used their nude shade in Foxtrot.
-Genevieve A. Santos
Genevieve A. Santos is a beauty quadruple-threat—makeup artist, entrepreneur, cosmetics marketer and creator of the Gorgeous on the Go blog, chronicling her adventures in NYC and real beauty advice for women on the go. She is the Organizer The NYC Makeup Artist Meetup, the largest online network for makeup artists in New York City. Follow her escapades on Twitter @gorgeousonthego.