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FFWD: Enchanting Black Swan Effect at Jean-Louis Sabaji


Image: Ian Gavan/Stuart Wilson

Backstage at the Jean Louis Sabaji Spring 2015 runway show at Fashion Forward , M.A.C Senior Artist Mariam Khairallah and her trusty team performed a dramatic, sooty eyelid to serious Black Swan proportions. With fifteen models in the line-up, it was a serious task to create this theatrical look with symmetry. “Looking at Jean Louis Sabaji’s designs,” Khairallah told me, “there’s a real feel of surrealism, and we thought this feathery, charcoal-laden eyelid was both sophisticated and tough.”

At this point, it’s important to note that we aren’t encouraging you to recreate this particular look for a night out—but on the runway, with the right collection in tow, this artistic take on the smoky eye takes flight. (And with Halloween just around the corner, I’m tempted to have a whirl myself.)

The models’ skin was perfected using the M.A.C Studio Face & Body Foundation for its porcelain-like finish. Their skin was then dusted with a little M.A.C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder to set. A measure of the M.A.C Chromaline in Black was then swept across their eyelids using a fan brush to mimic the look of feathers. At the tethered outer edges, a little white eyeliner was painted in between the brush strokes to give a feeling of depth. What resulted was a set of spooky lids that wouldn’t look out of place in a Tim Burton movie—oh, the drama.

Missed the show? Watch the Jean-Louis Sabaji fashion show from Fashion Forward Season 4 on Style Studio or see the collection and the review here.

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