City Pulse

By Susan Romero


Carmen Marc Valvo has been a favorite designer of mine for many years, and this Fashion Week, he really took his style to the edge. The hair and make-up had a decidedly punk rock flair that blended with the edgy, Baroque collection, giving it a really young and vibrant feel.

Lead Make-up Artist, James Boehmer for Nars, said, “The inspiration for the collection is a Baroque punk aesthetic. The collection has a lot of black, and Carmen is doing a lot of beautiful contrasting textures. There’s lots of sheer, different weights of fabric and patent leather. With the makeup we wanted to reference the punk girl that’s a little bit more ethereal and beautiful. So we are playing with textures in the makeup. There’s a pearly pink shimmer on the cheek, and the eye has a vinyl, glossy effect.”

To achieve the vinyl gloss on the eyes, Boehmer applied Triple X Lip Gloss to the lids. The dramatic effect was created with Black Valley Eye Paint that was slashed on the top and bottom of the eye. It is new from Nars for fall 2013, and will be available September 1 in the U.S. Boehmer also said he used “multiple, multiple” coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara that made the lashes chunky. The face was sheer with Sheer Glow Foundation and shimmer was added with Copacabana/Luxor Multiple on lighter skin and Maldives/Nepal Multiple on darker skin. On the lips Boehmer applied Salsa Lip Liner and Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil that gave high impact color with a shine.

The hair did not take a back seat to the make-up. Lead Hairstylist, Ted Gibson, for the Ted Gibson Salon, created the unmistakably punk rock look, with no less than pink hair chalk coloring the strands of hair on each model. To create the look, Gibson flat ironed all the hair, then made a high ponytail with Ted Gibson Fix It Gel. Once the hair was in the ponytail he let the gel dry, then loosened the ponytail to let the hair fall and create volume. Then he painted the hair with pink colored hair chalk. Tame It Shine Spray was used to finish the look. The pink tinged hair really popped on the runway against the richly textured fabrics in black, red, grape, ivory and cassis.

Originally published February 2013
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