Backstage Beauty: Etro

27 September 2009


Before we went backstage at Etro, we caught a glimpse of the goings-on front of house. The catwalk exit was covered in petals and an Etro cushion was placed on every seat, made from last season’s fabric (can it get any better than that?) Well actually it can, with the make up and hair of course!


Val Garland for MAC and Eugene Souleiman for Wella got to work creating another gorgeous Etro look. ‘It’s gorgeous, lovely, real make-up,’ Val explained. The idea was a soft smokey eye but it was pushed it a bit further; ‘we're shading it with the emphasis on the socket line, making it quite 90’s like Toya Wilcox but back to punk in the 80’s’. Awesome! The smokey eye was created with three colours: MAC’s Teddy pencil, Honesty and Embark eyeshadow washed together concentrated in the outer corner, highlighted with Frost Light Fluid Liner in the inner corner and left open in the centre of the lid. ‘It’s a new eye shape with the highlighting, shading and gap in the centre, the velvety brown liner makes the eye go into a soft line.' Used on the cheeks was a new MAC product, Creme Blend in So Sweet, So Easy and Optomistic Orange (an orange pop of colour on the centre) to create a sexy rock look we loved.


Hair was voluminous with a little ‘bit rough and lots of frizzy’ for texture, flat on top and the ends were rough and frizzy for contrast. It was sectioned into eight tight small plaits and tied with a elastic. Straightening irons were then clamped over the antennae like braids, diffused and left while the make-up was finished. After they were taken out, they were brushed to leave a soft, frizzy super light and moveable hair style ‘to connect with the collection’. It’s great to know that we can channel our frizzy hair into a sexy trend!

- Lauren Murdoch Smith in Milan


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