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Backstage at Maison Rabih Kayrouz: Silver Smoke


“This season, Rabih wanted a strong and beautiful woman who knows her own mind and is serious about her fashion. We went with a metallic silver/gray on the eyes with a set of false lashes, both top and bottom. We could have gone with a burgundy that’s present within the collection, but this is very soft and unexpected.”

—Makeup artist Serge Hodonou

maisonnnWith lashes very present during this Fall 2014 Paris Fashion Week, we should all stock up on some strip lashes and get practicing. Hodonou decided to put a set of false lashes on both the top and bottom lids, which toughened up the oh-so-pretty metallic shadow, M.A.C Eye Shadow in Stony. “It was important for the girls’ eyelids to really pop under the runway lights. This is like the drama from the stage coming to the street.”

As for the lips, they are “nude but not dead,” Hodonou states—one of my favorite quotes from the shows this season, as indeed a nude lipstick in the wrong shade of pale can make your lips look chalky and your face lifeless. The M.A.C Lipstick in Peach Stock gave just the right shade of nude.

With hairstylist Delphine Courteille in charge of the tresses, this was a story of “urban straight, with more emphasis on strong rather than sophisticated.” What is urban straight? From the parting to the tip of the earlobe, the hair is slick straight, the mid lengths give way to a little added texture, and the blunt ends of the hair are flat ironed. For the added texture in the mid lengths, Courteille applied a little L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Scruff Me and used a one-inch thick curling iron to give the hair movement from the tip of the ear to four inches from the tip of the hair. She explained that “the elegance of this look comes with the side parting,” which she finished off with a healthy spritzing of the L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray—a favorite tool in her kit, as it gives the models’ hair a weightless feel and doesn’t leave behind any wet residue.

See our review of the Maison Rabih Kayrouz show here. 

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