Tadashi Shoji’s Runway Angels

There was a little slice of heaven backstage at Tadashi Shoji. His collections are known for their ethereal qualities, with light fabrics and feathery flounce, so hair and make-up had to blend seamlessly with the clothes.

The inspiration for Shoji’s Fall 2011 collection was the ancient gardens of the Far East, and the harmony of nature blending with man. The gown and dress colors were rich green, purple, gold, blue and wine, with billowing, airy fabrics, and some designs were reminiscent of bird feathers.

Luc Bouchard for MAC Cosmetics, created a light, natural look with the make-up. “Tadashi has dresses that are really feminine and flowey, always, but this season especially, so he wanted the make-up to look angelic. He wanted young beautiful girls that looked they just stepped out of the sky,” Bouchard said. To achieve this angelic look Bouchard used a foundation called Match Master SPF 15 that comes in fourteen shades, and is due out in September 2011. Bouchard used a pink cream blush on the cheeks called Lady Blush and applied it to the lips as well. Mascara was applied on the eyelashes and a multicolored pastel highlighter called Lightscapade around the outside corner of the eyes and the bridge of the nose. A light beige eye shadow called Moleskin topped off the lids. Bouchard said that Shoji instructed that each model’s eyebrows be left alone and not defined with color or too much brushing. The result was a clean, innocent quality that complemented Shoji’s bold designs.

Hair stylist, Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken continued the simplicity with his hair design. “The clothes are so elegant, we always want the hair to be very young and fresh,” Cutler said. “We added a little drama with the side part and some pins,” he said. In order to maintain that youthful look Cutler applied Cutler Volumizing Spray and Redken Sheer Spray to ensure that the hair moved. “We also back combed the hair to make it bounce and pop on the runway,” he said. Cutler also used Shine Tattoo, a new shine product that also provides sun protection.

The hair and make-up here was certainly something that the average woman could translate at home and just add more color on her face for evening.

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