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Beauties in Blue at Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2012

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / January 10, 2012


Fashion Week isn’t scheduled to start for another month, but the pre-fall collections showing now are doing a fine job tiding us over with fresh beauty inspiration. Case in point: Stella McCartney’s autumn 2012 presentation, which the designer held last night in NYC’s West Village.

The makeup look, created by lead artist Lottie, was minimal: clean skin, a hint of blush and a subtly statement-making line of MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan along the top lashline. “We’re actually using a brush to put it on so it’s a thin line,” Lottie explained backstage.

The hair, styled by Sabrina Michals for Bumble & Bumble, was equally understated but beautiful. “These days people don’t want to look like they went to the hairdresser,” Sabrina explained as she walked me through the look. She and her team roughed up texture with a combination of Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, Thickening Hairspray and Spray de Mode, then pulled the hair back (using fingers, no brush) into soft chignons with some height on the top.


Those gorgeous complexions came courtesy of skincare maven Sunday Riley, who prepped models’ skin with a mixture of her Stimulant II anti-redness product and her Good Genes lactic acid treatment. “Lactic acid is one of the few ingredients that actually goes to the dermal layer. So it’ll pull anything that you mix in with it in deeper,” she explained backstage. Sunday and her team finished the skin with a mixture of Skin Adrenaline and Juno “for a nice even glow.”

Sunday also told me that the number one cold weather skin problem is the chapping that occurs when people move from the outdoors to a dry, heated environment - this creates tiny cracks all over the skin’s surface. “And, actually, that leads to inflammation which leads to wrinkles,” she explained. “So people age faster in colder climates than in warmer climates. And there’s less humidity here. So a climate like Miami where it’s warm and it’s humid, you’re going to age a little slower, it’s better skin aging conditions.” Time to book a pre-Fashion Week vacation, maybe?