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The Colorful Lids at Oscar de la Renta Are the Prettiest Political Statement You’ll Ever Make

More than meets the eye

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: Oscar de la Renta

CITY: New York

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux, Hairstylist Orlando Pita, Manicurist Julie Kandalec 

THE LOOK: Bright, bold, and a “little rebellious” (i.e., not your mother’s Oscar de la Renta).

INSPO: The heritage house and “joie de vivre,” said Pecheux.

BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta, MAC Blush in Azalea, MAC Chromacake in White, Cyan, Deep Purple, and Orange, Orlando Pita Play The Great Inflate Air Whipped Styling Foam, Orlando Pita Play Full Extent Firm Hold Hairspray, Orlando Pita Play Flash Light Shine Boosting Spray, Essie Nail Color in Imported Bubbly

TOP TIPS: “We have to celebrate color and the joy of living,” said Pecheux of the three, in-your-face lid looks bolstered by hot pink liner (a combo of magenta pencil layered with an equally bright blush). “Initially, I proposed two different colors and we were torturing ourselves trying to decide on one,” he explained. But why choose when you have so many great options? To create the vivid pastels, the pro mixed MAC’s Chromacake in white with blue, purple, and orange, then spread the pigment from lash line to crease. A quick coat of mascara on top lashes polished off the look. “We are celebrating femininity without being too ladylike,” Pecheux added.

Pita said that center-parted strands were the original direction, but he talked the new creative directors into a sleek ponytail instead. “Hair down and parted in the middle is almost too right,” he explained. “You’re going to get dressed and your mom is going to say you look great. If you do a ponytail with an Oscar dress it’s a little bit rebellious, but still dressed up and groomed.” After working mousse through strands and anchoring the tail just above the occipital bone, Pita used the back of Mason Pearson brush too smooth any grooves, then followed with hairspray and a glossing mist. “I want it to look like a tabletop instead of raked,” he said of the glassy finish.

WORDS FROM THE WISE: The three different eye colors with the same band of fuchsia liner were slightly political, but definitely pretty: “Even if we are different colors, we end up being the same,” said Pecheux. “Hopefully, I [made a statement] without any bitterness, but with beauty.”

TREND TALLY: Ponytails have been spotted swinging down the runway at Jason Wu, Altuzarra, and Tory Burch.

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