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MAC Backstage Part III

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Thanks to MAC Cosmetics and photos from, here is part three of beauty trends straight from Autumn/Winter 2007 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Michael Kors:

“With Michael, bronzer is a given,” said makeup artist Dick Page as he dusted MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden on models in ladylike dresses and long blond extensions, courtesy of hair wizard Orlando Pita. “Michael’s been growing this woman in a test tube for years,” Page continued. “He has a pretty good idea of who she is.” And while Kors’ muse has always been a jet-setter, there was an added twist to her story this season: “She’s the love child of Donatella Versace and Bill Blass!” Page revealed. “I’m not kidding! That’s what Michael said! That’s why I’m adding smoky eyes.” Expertly blending two new dark shadows- a silvery taupe and a black embedded with flecks of gold, he created an elegant “gunmetal” effect on the lids. A stroke of Smolder Eye Kohl along the top lash lines coupled with some false lashes and… Voila! Donatella Blass was born.

Richard Chai:

James Kaliardos is feeling blue… Yves Klem blue, that is. “I’m stamping Mineralize Skinfinish Natural on the corners of the eyes with a sponge wedge but not blending it in, so it’s a bit Impressionistic, raw and innocent.” To balance Chai’s delicate collection, the makeup artist defined the rest of the face with neutral tones. Top fashion photographers, not painters, were his inspiration here: “I used a spicy brown color on the cheeks and all around the eyes to make it a smoky Peter Lindberg eye,” Kaliardos said. “Then I applied a little gloss under a beige lip tint so that the mouth wouldn’t look too dead. Richard Avedon taught me that!”


“I’m going for a cold look,” said makeup artist Aaron De Mey backstage at Tse. The effect was less corpse bride and more ethereal, ghostly beauty (think Cate Blanchett in ‘Lord of the Rings’). The key: Luminous skin achieved by stippling on the most minute amount of concealer in a “seamless” fashion. “This face is hyper-natural, not shiny, not matte,” he said. To further reduce the temperature, De Mey toned down the lips two shades with Soothing Beige Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15. Finally, he glazed the eyes with Lusterglass in Lusterwhite. The result was so cool that it’s a good thing those boys and girls were modeling sweaters!


Catherine Malandrino is obsessed with Zizi Jean Maire. Zizi who? “She’s a Sixties singer who embodied everything chic and masculine,” said the designer, who paired chunky cashmere sweaters with tailored pieces and sprinkled touches of feathers, mirrors and crystals throughout her magenta-dominant collection. “There’s a sense of humor to everything,” she said. Judging by the black bob-style wigs and the wig-like black felt chapeaus worn by all the models, it’s true. Makeup artist Diane Kendal took the cue, going for doll-like appeal. She defined the brows, blended soft gray shadow into the crease of the eye and created flushed cheeks with the softest hint of MAC Pink Shock Cream Colour Base. Malandrino summed it all up: “This girl has an edge, but not a hard edge.”

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