Behind the Beauty at Marc Jacobs

written by Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

As many as 65 models were backstage hours before the Marc Jacobs fashion show Monday night and one thing was certain, each had a different hair look. Marc wanted to bring out the character and individuality of each girl. It was like a New York night scene. There was a strong edge to each of them with fun, wild and dramatic makeup looks…very Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett.

It has been about 10 years since the last time François Nars, creator of Nars Cosmetics, did a fashion show and Nars enjoyed every minute of fun working with Jacobs again. Jacobs really combined many eye shadow colors… from dark smoky eyes to wild, exaggerated cat eyes, with eye shadow brushed from the outer corner of the eye, tapering into a point out across the temple and to the hairline. Think Elizabeth Taylor in her most Cleopatra-esque moment. Around some of the strong eyes were vivid colors like fuchsia, at the last minute fuchsia eye shadow was added. There were perfect red lips on powder white faces and fairy-dust-like highlights on some of the model’s cheeks. Nars favorited look personally was the smoky strong eye, because it was a more eighties inspired and eclectic look. Nars mixed in every color, including greens, cobalt blues and black, tailoring the makeup look for each model depending on what hair and outfit she wore.

Guido Palau, the Redken hairstylist used lots of hair spray and gel, also creating eighties punk rock dos, frizzed out Mohawks, twisted up dos, teased Afros, slicked-backed crops and towering beehives.

The binding concept among all the looks was that the girls would be ready to go clubbing after the show, and there was no doubt some of them would.


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Become An Olsen; Peak in Their Makeup Bags

They have a bum rep for their bum look, but have you ever thought about what beauty products the Boho-chic NY designers Olsen twins have in their bags? Well, being a fan of the girls, I took a peek of what, Mary Kate, my favorite, totes around and never leaves her house without. Great taste MK!

Grapefruit Splash Fragrance, by Marc Jacobs
As coveted as his clothes line, Olsen-favorite Marc Jacobs has developed a fresh, punchy set of fragrances in his Splash range. Mary-Kate loves the summery Grapefruit scent.

Cheek Venom, by DuWop
DuWop Cheek Venom is a conditioning blush that hydrates and firms, giving a sexy flush. Mary-Kate adores a youthful glow so it’s no surprise she’s a fan.

Body Bling, by Scott Barnes
To maintain a just-stepped-off-the-beach LA glow, Mary-Kate loves this instant tanning lotion that washes off as easily as it rubs on. It softens and moisturizes as well as giving you a shimmering glow.

Posietint, by Benefit
Mary-Kate’s a big fan of Posietint, Benefit’s newest lip and cheek stain, to help her get that effortlessly flushed look.

Luscious Curls Curl Enhancing Cream, by Frederic Fekkai
This celebrated range of products has attracted many celebrity fans, and we can understand why. Mary-Kate uses this enlivening curling cream to define the natural curl of her tousled locks.

Lincoln Park After Dark Nail Lacquer, by O.P.I
Mary-Kate is a big fan of O.P.I and loves her trademark blood red nails. This shade hones her gothic glam meets Californian hippie style to perfection.

Tender Eau de Perfume Vaporisateur by Prada
Mary-Kate loves to be seen out in Prada, and that includes their signature fragrance, Tender. This chic scent entwines a light, floral character with smooth, warm notes and transfers from day to night with ease.

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