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.
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Aaron de Mey, hairstylist Anthony Turner
THE LOOK: “Because it’s a protest collection, we just want to celebrate femininity, individuality, and the woman,” said Turner.
INSPO: Missoni’s pink pussyhats and the diverse cast served as the jumping off points for the pared-back beauty aesthetic. “It’s an exercise in respecting their individual beauty and make them look as pretty as possible,” explained de Mey.
BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, Moroccanoil Root Boost
TOP TIPS: Instead of piling on highlighter and contour powder to add dimension, do as de Mey did backstage and skim a pearly cream over your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, chin, and down the bridge of your nose. Then, top it off with a clear gloss. “A shiny lip gloss on the high points of the face makes the girls look a little glassy-eyed and gives them more of a sparkle without looking cosmetic,” explained the pro.
Turner tailored his process to each model’s hair type—amplifying curls with an iron or smoothing strands with a blow-dryer. The one element that tied the cast together was a low side part defined with mousse. “The other reason I had to a do a hairstyle this simple is because the girls are going to walk out regularly and then at the end they are all going to put on these Missoni pussyhats and march out,” said Turner, who sported his own pink, pointy-eared cap backstage. “I needed the hair to be down because with these little hats, if I tuck their hair away, I don’t know if it would look right.” Hat hair never looked so powerful.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Instead of a standard runway bow, Angela Missoni capped off her show with a political statement: “There is a bond between us that will keep us strong and safe. The bond that unites all those who respect human rights,” said the designer to the pussyhat-clad audience. “Let’s show the world that the fashion community is united and fearless!”
TREND TALLY: Deep side parts were spotted at Jason Wu and J.W.Anderson.