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Outer Space Beauty at Kenzo: White Eyelids Transform Models Into Warrior Princesses

On the way to the Kenzo Fall 2015 show, I wagered a guess that we would see sleek ponytails and a graphic eye. And while I was bang on point with the hair, no one could have guessed what was coming in terms of makeup: matte white paint-slicked eyelids by key makeup artist Aaron De Mey made the models look like warrior princesses from outer space.

This was a departure from the precision looks that we have seen previously from De Mey for Kenzo; he applied the M.A.C Chromacake in white with a brush that he cut into with a pair of small scissors to create a jagged edge to sweep the paint across the eye. The matte white eyelids contrasted beautifully with the M.A.C Clear LipGlass on the lips.


“This is free-spirited makeup; it’s a play on texture and I’m playing with highlights on the cheekbones, the Cupid’s bow, and the chin,” De Mey told “There is this freestyle swoosh of paint over the eyelids that looks like the girls could have even done it themselves.”

Forty sets of false nails were hand-painted by Naomi Yasuda, who created three different nail looks for the show. The first was a white nail with a black stripe, to echo the pure nature of the beauty look; the other two had feather motifs in a color palette of berry or gold, inspired by patterns that Yasuda had seen in the Kenzo archives.

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