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Backstage at Rochas, Eyelashes Make Us All a Flutter

_PAR3114.450x675Today at Rochas, it’s lots of lashes. It’s nice to have a return of eyelashes, with lots and lots of mascara,” exclaimed makeup artist Lucia Pieroni. What girl doesn’t like a little extra flutter to create a set of truly beguiling eyes? There’s nothing like a set of false eyelashes to turn tired peepers into doe-eyes in a matter of minutes. And if lashes were the beauty order of the day, then this Fall 2014 Rochas show was a case of more means more, with three sets of lashes applied to each model (one on the lower lash line and two on the top). The trick, Pieroni tells me, is that she cut the lashes in half and applied them in a crossover fashion to create extra thickness. She paired the lashes with a dusting of pink glitter mixed with taupe eye shadow and a smattering of highlighter on the cheeks, brow bones, and cupids bow to give the look its “dewy” feel.

Luigi Murenu was in charge of the hair, and much like a scene out of Rapunzel, his team carried yards of clip-in hair extensions around their shoulders to keep them from traipsing on the ground. “The Rochas woman,” he mused, “is contemporary, tactful, and beautiful.” The hair was tucked behind the ears and left long and loose down the back. Taking a one-inch thick curling iron, he created a seamless set of waves but was adamant that the key to making this look modern was to ensure the blunt ends of the hair was left straight. The hair was designed to be “fluid but with no fly-aways,” as he coated the finished tresses with a measure of Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complex. Under the spotlights on the runway, true to his word, the models’ hair shined like glass.

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