Marchesa Spring 2016 Beauty: Luminous Skin, Sleek Chignons and a Pop of Pink

Marchesa backstage

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Marchesa’s beauty look for spring combined luminosity and sophistication with a pop of color. Pre-show, we chatted with lead makeup artist Gucci Westman, who worked with MAC this season on the look. Because she wanted to make sure the skin was extra glowy, Westman started off with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask. “We’re doing the lips while the masks are on, so the models can get their skin to be as hydrated as possible,” she said. “We’re using minimal foundation because of that.”

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To keep the skin luminous, Westman used MAC’s Strobe Cream on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and the eyelid, using contour powders for some definition. Four different lipsticks were used. MAC’s Girl About Town, Flat Out Fabulous, Personal Statement and To Matte with Love. The lips were lined with a fuchsia color, More to Love. The look was set with SK-II’s Mid-Day Setting Spray. “It actually is amazing when you’re wearing makeup because it allows the makeup to sort of settle and it gives you longevity and it locks in the moisture,” Westman said. “So, it’s something that’s really nice when you’re going from work to a party and you feel really gross, but you need something to pick yourself up.” Eyes were kept bare, save for a little gloss and the brows were groomed and brushed up.

Zoya creative director Rebecca Isa created a custom translucent coral color for Marchesa, one that she mentioned isn’t necessarily planned to come out for spring, though she says that based on the positive responses she’s been getting, we may see the shade again. As for the order of application, “We start with a [Naked Manicure] Naked Base then a Lavender Perfector,” she told us. “When you’re working with a translucent color, any sort of dinginess shows through, so it’s important that we correct that and lavender does that. Then [we added] two coats of the beautiful coral, a coat of the glossy seal and drying drops.”


A modern take on the low bum at @marchesafashion #nyfw

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The hair look, conceived by Moroccanoil creative director Antonio Corral Calero, was a modern take on the sleek chignon. Here’s how you can recreate the look at home:

  • Apply Moroccanoil Treatment and a generous amount of Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection to slightly damp hair. Blow dry straight and away from the face.
  • Once thoroughly dry, create a deep middle part and then flat iron strands from mid-shaft to ends.
  • Gather hair into a sleek, tight, low ponytail and secure at the nape of the neck with an elastic. Mist with hairspray for maximum hold and shine.
  • Twist the ponytail in a clockwise direction and then wrap into a tight bun, leaving 2 inches of the ends free and peeking out from the top of the chignon. Secure in place using hair pins.
  • Set the style with hairspray and add a jeweled hair comb or accent accessory.