Pink Tartan Fall 2013 backstage beauty: Bold brows and blonde “country club” wigs
The makeup: “When I talked to [Kim Newport-Mimran], it was really Alfred Hitchcock meets Tippi Hedren. She’s a little bit off, she could be a little bit crazy, but she’s beautifully dressed. She wanted beautiful skin, but really it’s about that big, dramatic brow.” – Grace Lee, Maybelline New York lead makeup artist
– With a focus on “big and bold brows, with an element of naturalness,” Lee layered multiple products in a variety of colors to ensure the the brows didn’t come across as one dimensional and flat. First she filled in the brows by brushing through a shade of ashy-brown. Then she lightly went over the hairs with and almost-black shade to achieve “3D effect.” Finally. Lee finished them off by combing a gel through to keep all the hairs in place.
– On eyes at Pink Tartan Fall 2013, Lee “dotted” a soft brown pencil into the lash line and then smudged it; this “gives definition but keeps it from being an eyeliner look.” The lashes were then curled, and multiple coats of a thickening mascara were applied to give a fan effect.
– Lips were “blocked out with a bit of foundation and concealer so no natural red pigmentation showed.” They were then topped off with a natural lipstick blotted down to take away any glossy finish to give “healthy, natural, perfect looking lips.”
The hair: “Kim wanted something very playful, short, bouncy, with lots of curl and movement. Something fun that represents Pink Tartan to its core, but vintage. This is good girl gone bad, but still classic.” – Jorge Joao, Redken lead stylist
– The most important request was that all models at Pink Tartan Fall 2013 look the same, meaning Jorge Joao and his team were styling wigs backstage instead of actual hair. To get the right “country club” look no hot tools were used on the wigs—it was more about “re-vamping it” by applying shine serum and then setting the hair with a blast of hairspray. And to ensure the wigs fit, every model had her natural hair “wig wrapped and capped off,” making for a backstage that looked more like Sid Neigum than classic Pink Tartan.
The nails: The neutral nail trend has been gaining momentum for quite some time now, and if the Pink Tartan show is any indication, minimalist nails aren’t going anywhere. To fit in with the ’60s Stepford Wife look of the show, nails were sleek and sophisticated with models sporting a light-taupe polish, Essie “Sand Tropez.” To add a more contemporary element, one coat of Essie “Matte About You” was applied as a topcoat to take away any glossy shine.