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Backstage at Elie Saab, Ballerina Goes Punk With Double-Winged, Smoky Eyeliner

Backstage at Elie Saab Fall 2015 with key M.A.C makeup artist Tom Pecheux and his first assistant Gregoris Pyrpylis, we knew that we were in for a wearable beauty treat. The models sported a precision, double-winged eyeliner in a deep, plum-accented charcoal, with no other color on the face apart from beige lips and a soft contour on the cheeks, giving a slight twist to our faithful favorite: the smoky eye.

“This is a different type of Elie Saab woman—she is a little harder than usual. Think of a mix between a ballet dancer and a punk, with a little ‘50s influence—very rock-and-roll but always chic,” Pecheux told

The Elie Saab hair was coiffed by Orlando Pita; we saw center-parted locks with a loose wave for a soft and undone type of pretty—the idea was not to look like you tried too hard. The hair was not stiff with product, and instead had a natural movement.

“We are curling the hair, but it has a more lived-in and undone feeling,” Pita said. “For the fine-haired girls, we use a little Osis powder and some extensions so that the hair doesn’t look see-through on the runway.”

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