How to Be a Modern Couture Princess According to Giambattista Valli

Buy a ball gown, skip the glam squad

Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we’d like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you’re busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds…because science says that’s all the time you have.

SHOW: Giambattista Valli Spring 2017 Couture

CITY: Paris

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup Artist Val Garland, Hairstylist James Pecis

THE LOOK: “She’s so beautiful and amazing that she just gets out of the shower and doesn’t think about her hair,” said Pecis. Garland described Valli’s woman as someone who’s “not really into a look, but very finished.”

INSPO: “She’s a spontaneous, traveling woman that has so much beauty that there has to be an ease to the rest of her,” said Pecis. She also books an extra seat wherever she goes so her ball gown can fly first class.

BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils Stick, MAC Mineralize Blush in Cosmic Force, and MAC Brow Set in Clear

TOP TIPS: Despite the fact that the Valli woman doesn’t think about her hair, the runway look did require “some thought,” said Pecis, who wrapped luxe silk scarves around ten models’ heads. “For all the other girls who don’t have the scarves, we prep them, tie their hair [into ponytail], give it a little hairspray, then take the scarf off so that the front section has the memory of the scarf with a little airiness in the back.”

For shimmer-free highlight, Garland swiped MAC’s Essential Oils Stick across lids for a “healthy, athletic shine,” while clear brow gel was combed through arches and lashes to lend a “soft wetness.”

WORDS FROM THE WISE: “I was looking for something that wasn’t a contour or sculpting color and wasn’t a blush, so we came up with a flush,” explained Garland of the peachy, flesh-toned powder from MAC.  “Often, when I’m going to photograph a girl and I want her to look really fresh, I will just massage her cheeks. So I wanted that color-from-within color, whereas blush would look too romantic.”

TREND TALLY: Barely-there makeup with strategic shine was seen at Francesco Scognamiglio, while haute headbands were also on display at Schiaparelli and taken to new heights at Dior.

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