The Jenny Packham SS2012 runway show today was absolutely exquisite. I expected nothing less, of course. But when you're dealing with a designer of such skill, how do you get a makeup and hair look that is as chic and glamorous as the dresses?
Backstage before Packham's show the teams at L'Oréal Professionnel, Solano, and Laura Mercier were charged with giving an elegant look to compliment intricated Swarovski-encrusted designs.
For the hair L'Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Lift Extreme was sprayed from roots to ends to provide volume, then hair was blown out in sections using the Solano 53mm Gel Grip Round Brush and 3700 Moda Dryer.
Leonardo Manetti, lead hair stylist for the show, gave some tips to achieving the perfect blowout. He prefers clean, freshly shampooed hair for the models to achieve the best results. Another tip for hair dryer junkies is not to lay the nozzle of the dryer directly on the hair while blowing it out.
This is very typical for people to get super close to the hair, but in order to prevent severe heat damage, he recommends giving a little space between the nozzle and the hair, pointing the
nozzle downwards as you run the brush through the length of the hair. For a slight curling under of the ends, like we see in the look at Jenny Packham, Manetti removes the heat from the hair and keeps the brush in the hair for a moment while the hair cools (pictured below), then releases the hair from the brush. Finish with L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 Hairspray for weightless hold and shine.
For the makeup the Laura Mercier team, led by MUA Talia Shobrook, gave the models a Jerry Hall-inspired matte look. Skin was matted out with Matte Bronzer in Dune Bronze and Mineral Pressed Powder in Warm Chesnut. On the eyes the models were primed with Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax, then Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Platinum. On top of that went a layer of Sequin Eye Shadow in Pink Crystal and Foundation Primer in Radiance (available in December). For a light sheen, this eye look was topped off with Lip Glacé in Crystal. For exaggerated lashes models were given 5 coats of Full Blown Mascara, and then brows were extended with Brow Definer.
On the lips, 3 colors of Laura Mercier Lip Pencils were used to make the perfect matte red shade (Ruby, Redwood, and Very Cherry). For a bit of added fullness in the center of the lips, makeup artists dabbed a bit of Créme Lip Colour in Bing Cherry.
Now off to the clothes we go.
Packham's intricate use of crystals and beading have made her a favorite for Red Carpet looks. No wonder!
These dresses were light as air coming down the runway.