Backstage Beauty: Marchesa S/S 2011

17/09/2010 15:34 | Updated 22 May 2015

The look at Marchesa Spring 2011. Photo: Dario Cantatore, Getty Images

With an ancient oriental theme in mind, Marchesa rounded out its Spring 2011 collection with white painted eyelids and heavily bejewelled hair.

MAKEUP: Talia Shobrook for Le Métier de Beauté

HAIR: Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai

SNAPSHOT: Bling it On

Hair was ornately ornamented at Marchesa Spring 2011. Photo: FirstVIEW

THE SCOOP: Chic but rough around the edges was the theme backstage at Marchesa's Spring 2011 collection, with a beauty look that incorporated corals, bright white, and hair piled artfully atop the head. The perfect balance was made between gorgeous skin, meticulous makeup, and a defined hairstyle to compliment the embellished clothing.

GET THE LOOK MAKEUP: All makeup by Le Métier de Beauté. Brushes are the key to achieving this look, and the goal is to make everything, including the hair, go in an upwards direction. Use an illuminating highlighter in the t-zone and under the eyes.

Apply a white matte cream shadow at the lash line, blending upward. Use a larger blending brush to apply a taupe-coloured eyeshadow over the lid and crease. Use this same shade of taupe under the cheekbones to add contour, and brush it again along the lower lash line, as well as a darker taupe hue just in the corner of the eye to visually enlarge it.

Take a white eyeliner to create a "V" shape in the upper and lower inner corners. (TIP: Shobrook recommends steadying your elbow with your opposite hand to easily draw the white line on the top lid.) Finish off with lots of black mascara. For the lips, tap on foundation before applying lipstick which should be patted only on the inner part of the center of the lips.

GET THE LOOK HAIR: All products by Fekkai. Hair lead Renato Campora recommends blowing hair out back to front to tease it at the roots and give it extra height and movement. Next, create a high ponytail with a light braid, wrapping it around the base and securing it to the crown of the head with bobby pins. Pull just a few thin strands of hair out of the top of the braid, and use hairspray to seal the style, spraying and combing the spritz in with a fine-toothed comb upwards in the back of the head, underneath the bun. Depending on their dress, some models' buns were flanked with ornate, one-piece jewels, supplied to Campora by Marchesa (no word yet if they will be available for sale).


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