by Ramona Emerson
photo: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD Blue eye shadow and neon lipstick sure are fun to look at, but ask me how I actually want to look and one word sums it up: luminous. Which was exactly how the models at Oscar de la Renta's show looked yesterday, thanks to makeup artist Gucci Westman.
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"The skin is superluminous," Westman said of the peachy, pink-y, pretty complexions she sent down the runway. The look was inspired by classic film stars Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak, as well as the Elizabethan theme that was subtly referenced in the uber-ladylike clothes. (So ladylike, in fact, that tattooed models had to get their ink covered up with body makeup, according to our backstage correspondent.) To create those pearly complexions, Westman used Revlon Skinlights all over the face and Revlon Cream Shadow Palette in Not Just Nudes to highlight the high points-the nose, brows, and cheekbones. The rest of the look was achieved through some serious color mixing (no one step-and-you're-out-the-door looks here). To get that old-fashioned flush, Westman mixed two Revlon Powder Blushes in Soft Spoken Pink and Matte Haute Pink. "I wanted the eyes to look pink, but not too pink. Pink eyes aren't so nice," Westman said of the pale, plummy wash on the lids, which she created by combining pink, purple, and brown shadows and finishing with a dab of Skinlights near the lash line. The lips were painted in not one but three different shades: coral, coral-peach, and a peachy pink gloss. The ladylike look was finished with--what else--a single inside-out French braid decorated with a flower brooch from the collection. Clean, simple, perfect--luminous.
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by Ramona Emerson