Balmain’s all star cast

01 October 2009


Oo La La, we’ve hit backstage in Paris and after only one day we’re hooked. First up Balmain. Sam McKnight felt slightly like his skills weren’t being put to good use because ‘we’ve got the best girls in the world for the show, there’s Daria, Carmen Kass, Anya, I could go on... they’re all amazing so we’re keeping them as they are, just making their hair a bit more dishevelled, de-frizz but un-brushed. Think of Giselle or Kate Moss, it’s just how these girls are naturally’. Well, un-brushed hair we can do, but looking like some of these girls do, we’ll struggle.

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However, the make-up could take us a step closer to looking Balmain-esque. Tom Pecheux for MAC used Face and Body foundation and applied with his fingers with a tapping motion to get the skin looking tres natural. Cheek bones were sculpted with Sculpt Sculpting Powder, applied with #187 brush to buff into the skin. ‘The make-up is made to measure, there isn’t a focus on one part of the face so skin is barely there, transparent and flawless, when the photographers ask us if a model is finished, we know we’ve got the make-up right’. Even colour on eye lids and veins on legs were paled down with concealer and foundation but not so you could see.

Our favourite make-up technique? Mascara was applied with a #205 fan brush to ‘dilute, define, separate and curl lashes’. Note to self, get me one of those!


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- Lauren Murdoch Smith in Paris


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