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“Handsome” Beauties Backstage At Narciso Rodriguez

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Shiseido artistic director Dick Page is sporting a purple-tinged black eye at the moment, but his own shiner was not in fact the inspiration behind the similarly hued makeup backstage at Narciso Rodriguez. “We just started playing around,” Page said of the greasy, multi-dimensional lids he constructed for the occasion. “We tried something brown to begin with, but it looked naff,” so Page decided on Shiseido’s forthcoming Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Purple Dawn, which he layered with the same highly blendable luminescent pigment in Caviar, a green black. Perfect application was not on Page’s agenda. He smudged the colors together with a finger-ful of “grease” in the form of Shiseido’s Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment. (”We’re going to have to destroy that a bit,’ he said as an assistant brought him a model to inspect). Skin was left deliberately bare, save for concealer touch-ups as needed. “I try to not get in the way,” the face painter said of the fresh-faced girls that are still at the beginning of the fashion cycle. He has similar feelings about brows. That’s right; no bleached arches here—”It’s so tired,” Page opined of the controversial look.

Natural brows suited Wella global creative director Eugene Souleiman’s masculine, “dirty” hair just fine. “It’s not a pretty woman,” he said of the Narciso girl for Fall. “She’s more striking, handsome. She’s strong and assertive.” This mandated a “raw” coif, which Souleiman prepped with plenty of Wella Ocean Spritz texturizer, gathering hair into a ponytail and quite simply tying it in a knot. Rubbing a pomade in between his palms, Souleiman “squashed” the sides of the head for a sleek finish. “We’re celebrating imperfections,” he surmised of the look, a revelry that also included uncharacteristic castings. Androgynous stunner Jamie Bochert made her debut appearance on the Narciso runway, sporting a “strong and unusual” as-yet-unnamed gray nail lacquer,

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