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The Angels Get Their Wings Ready

“I completely trust my face with him,” said South African model Candice Swanepoel, backstage at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show which took place at Earls Court, London, last night. “I know I am in the best hands so I just let him take complete control.”

The Angel was of course referring to the head makeup artist of Victoria’s Secret, Dick Page, who was overseeing a group of the world’s most beautiful women for the much anticipated show on Tuesday night. Page revealed some of his secrets to “A light hand. The lighter the better. Let’s face it, these are some of the most beautiful women—or should I say children—in the world. They are not like us civilians. They have beautiful skin and hair, so the trick is to underplay the makeup and just let their personalities, which they have in abundance, come though. What I like to do is just add some translucence and light and keep it all healthy looking—the same goes for the body makeup. With these
girls, it is an easy task.”

If there were any nerves backstage, they didn’t show, despite this being one of the most hyped-up events of the year. Shanina Shaik, the Australian model of Saudi and Pakistani heritage, was as calm as one could be and when asked if she was nervous, responded, “Not yet, but give me a couple of hours.” Meanwhile, Cindy Bruna radiated peace. “I am not wracked with nerves at all—just excited. I am just trying to conserve my energy and stay focused,” she said, no mean feat as flashbulbs popped around her. Also present backstage were Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, who looked fresh despite staying up until the early hours at the party hosted by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell on Monday night for Edward Enninful; and Victoria’s Secret’s Creative Director, the unstoppable whirlwind of energy, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou. “Every Victoria’s Secret show is inspired by art or literature and this year, we looked to the gilded angels in Paris, with a dash of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” she told “It will be a very dreamy, very illuminating show—there is a really special vibe this year.”

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