15/07/2013 13:36 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Backstage Beauty: Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Autumn/Winter 2012

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Who better to look to for makeup inspiration than the Italian masters, Caravaggio and Botticelli? Mac's Val Garland referenced the painters with her Autumn/Winter 2012 look for Vivienne Westwood Gold Label in Paris today.

"Vivienne wanted me to create celestial beings as if they were looking up to the heavens, filled with emotion", she told us backstage.

To do this, she used a tea-stained wash over eyes and a white pencil blended into the corners to mark these Westwood angels' tears. Highlighter was applied under the chin, as if the moon was shining under the face, and sequins were placed on the cheeks to show where the tears had fallen. As for the lips, Garland focused on a "3D, matte" texture with a mix of mahogany and caramel colours.

Over with the hairstylists, Sam McKnight was working with Pantene to create "lived in, undone" hair for the show, inspired by street urchins.

He used Pantene's Volume and Body Mousse for a thick, fuzzy texture before taking two pieces of hair from the top of the head and twisting across the front. Some of the hair was looped inside this, while the rest of it was left down, in dreadlock-type strands. "This is outdoors hair", he told us backstage. "This is the kind of style you could imagine doing on the beach". The result? Simple, slightly dishevelled and of course, it fitted Westwood's 17th-century inspired collection perfectly.

See more of the looks from Vivienne Westwood's collection below: