City Pulse

By Laura Werling

For Spring/Summer 2012, Joseph Altuzarra took a leap from last season and landed on a new a fresh look. Evolving his work from one season to the next, this new designers’ modern outlook has impressively stolen the hearts of the fashion world after only three years in business. This collection was about speed; extreme in several ways, but most specifically, it was acutely sporty and sleek. The utilitarian outerwear that was so incredibly popular last season continued for spring, but this time they were glossy nylon or structural leather. To complete the sexy, urban look, makeup artist Tom Pecheux of MAC created a look that everyone backstage was calling “Elizabeth Taylor goes to the gym.” Basically, it was nothing but a big, dark, heavy brow. In Pecheux’s words, “For the face, we’re on a diet, so basically nothing.”

To elaborate on that, the skin was very matte and totally flawless. The look was very clean and even, and MAC’s Select Coverup was used to even skin tone around the eyes, forehead, and chin. Then the face was dusted with a light layer of loose of pressed translucent powder for a matte finish, using brush #150. The eyebrows were sculpted and defined using a black powder eye shadow, named Carbon, and brush #266. The brush had to be very small and sharp, with an angle, in order to control the shape of the line. Carbon was used on every girl, no matter hair color or skin tone. The look was very strong, yet somehow the tough, dark brow looked feminine in shape. It was a very sleek and well-groomed look.

To complement the face, the hair was left down, very straight yet textured. Using Fekkai’s Full Blown Volume to style, the hair was blown out and straightened. It was deeply parted on one side and pulled over one eye, keeping in tone with the sporty, urban frame of mind. The hair looked very simple yet aggressive and strong.

Candice Manacchio with CND, Creative Nail Design, created the look for the nails. The idea for the nails was to create a second skin, to keep in tone with the streamlined, sleek looks for Altuzarra Spring 2012. First the nails were painted with one coat of CND’s Putty, which is a semi-sheer nude color. Then, the nails were topped off with CND’s top coat, Super Matte. The idea was to create a look for the woman who needs to be able to go from the gym to a cocktail party; an edgy, urban woman with nails to fit her lifestyle. Perfectly in line with Altuzarra’s bright, graphic, tropical prints and sharp black and white pieces.

Originally published September 2011
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