By Laura Werling
Mark Badgley and James Mischka showed a classically elegant collection for Spring/Summer 2012, staying true to their glamorous aesthetic. The brand has a way of reinventing the high-end glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood season after season. For spring, Badgley Mischka exhibited their graceful style combined with bright colors and polished silhouettes for a vivid and lively collection. The collection was inspired by the idea of Elizabeth Taylor from Virginia Wolf, mixed with a little Audrey Hepburn. It was all about living a large and glamorous life; taking the red carpet look to the next level.
The makeup at the show was done my Tom Pecheux of MAC Cosmetics. The look for the face was inspired by the clothes, very feminine and sexy. The skin was very even toned with a matte finish. To prepare the skin, a layer of Mineralized Charged Water Moisture Gel (from the upcoming MAC Spring/Summer 2012 product line) was applied with the hands, and then topped with a layer of MAC’s Sculpt Foundation to perfect the skin tone. To set the foundation, the face was dusted with a layer of Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, applied with brush #168. Then the Peach Blush (S/S12) was applied with brush #168 under the cheekbones to create a contour. To add a touch of whimsy, a beauty mark was drawn on just above the left cheek. On the eyes, a bit of Palladium Metal-X Cream Shadow was swept on the brow bone with a finger. Vintage Coin Metal-X Cream Shadow was applied on the lid and up to the eyebrow, and heavily lined the eye for ultimate impact. The lashes were coated in Haught and Naughty Mascara on the top lashes. The lips were painted in a bright coral color, called Flamingo Lipstick (S/S12) applied with brush 311. The Peach Blush used on the cheeks was also put on the lips, to create a matte lip to finish off the look.
The hair at Badgley Mischka, headed up by Peter Gray for Moroccanoil, was equally high-end glamorous as the makeup and clothes-I emphasize the word high. The hair was first treated with Moroccanoil Frizz Control, Hydrating Styling Cream, and Luminous Hairspray at the roots to add volume, and then blown out. Then the hair was divided into two separate parts, the front and the back. The front was set in rollers, and the back was rolled into a very large French twist, which acted as the foundation for the whole look. The front part was then teased and texturized to make the curls messy and sexy, yet controlled. The curls in the front were pinned loosely on the top of the head to make for a very big, bold, and glamorous look.