Catwalk Cut: Backstage Beauty at Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 Friday 15 February, 2013

Elegance, the ’40s and “just beautiful girls” set the beauty tone at Carolina Herrera.

Elegance has long been associated with designer Carolina Herrera, for both herself and her fashions. For fall, that elegance remains at the forefront—and even has a soundtrack. Herrera commissioned composer Tom Hodge to create “Capriccio for Carolina,” a musical score that taps into the drama of Beethoven with a twist of modernity, and plays the perfect backdrop to flirty ’40s-themed silhouettes highlighted in rose quartz, tiger eye, ruby, emerald and more.


No matter the musical undertones, MAC lead makeup artist Diane Kendal sets out to create “just beautiful girls.” And beautiful they are: This makeup look is so refreshingly gorgeous, it’s hard to take your eyes off the girls.


“Just beautiful” translates to hyper-clean, practically bare skin that Kendal preps with MAC Studio Moisture Fix using her fingers. She then spot-treats any uneven skin tone with MAC Studio Finish Concealer and lightly dusts the T-zone with MAC Translucent Powder. Kendal carves eyelid creases with MAC Rustic Red (PS: Reds and pinks on eyes are shaping up to be a fall trend, mark my words), and pops the design with the most flattering use of Oyster from the MAC Fall 13 Forecast Eye Palette, applying it to the brow bone and lid.Dots of MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack between lashes give eyes a more defined appearance. Kendal completes the look with a “lip-colored lip” that feels both bright and grounded—not an easy feat by any measure—painting MAC Lipstick in Hot Tahiti onto pouts.


Moroccanoil hair lead Orlando Pita cites the ’40s as his reference point, creating a middle part that folds into two rolls that join in the back. Fine-haired models receive Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse to build body, and all girls are prepped with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. To give hair a good working foundation, Pita runs Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through hair, concentrating it at the roots and crown because “the style is so close to the head.”


“I’m backcombing the hair for the rolls if the girls have fine hair, but not for the girls with thicker hair. This helps keep the look more uniform from girl to girl,” he explains. After joining and pinning the rolls into place, he smoothes flyaways by dabbing Hydrating Styling Cream with his fingers where needed. As the crowning touch, “I’m spraying a very light misting of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray on the hair right before the girls walk the runway to give the rolls added shine,” Pita says.


For nails, Essie lead manicurist Gina Edwards (who, coincidentally I just shot the most fun beauty editorial with…can’t wait to share it with you!) picks perhaps the most apropos Essie nail polish hue for a runway look centered around elegance: two coats of Lady Like. “It’s a soft, modern-day mauve,” she says. “Carolina’s collection has that ‘40s romanticism, these beautiful billowy sleeves and a palette of rich colors. We didn’t want a nail color that would fight with her collection; it needs to accent it.” Though Lady Like is a mauve, Edwards says that it’s grey base works well with all skin tones—and, naturally, with all elegant clothes.

What do you think of the Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 beauty look? Sound off in the comments!

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