I really enjoyed Behnaz Sarafpour’s fall 2011 runway look. It was just pretty, and quite easily transitioned from runway to real life. MAC Senior Artist Gordon Espinet said he was going for something young, coquettish, and playful: Kate Moss as Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman.
He wanted to give the models a luminous, heated-skin flush. “Skincare-y,” he said, “like they just came out of the spa.”
The focus is clearly on the eye, with a thick black line created with MAC’s Wonder Woman jumbo Penultimate liner. The liner is thick at the outside, but doesn’t extend beyond the end of the eye. Espinet offset the bold eyeliner with light, neutral, contouring eyeshadow. He used new Pro Longwear Eyeshadows (which will be available in the fall) in Sweet Satisfaction and Carefree – saddle-leather brown on the outer half of the eye; vanilla beige on the inner half. He used pro sculpting face powders (like Bone Beige) to define the crease, and highlighted the brow bone with new-for-fall Cream Color Base Seaside.
He contoured the models’ faces with pro powder blush Taupe and pro sculpting powder Sculpt, and muted their lips with a peach/beige pencil, Tanarama lipstick, and a new-for-summer product called What Comes Naturally Glamgloss.
Laurent Philippon of Bumble and bumble designed the hair to look organic and spontaneous (in contrast, he said, to the relatively structured clothes). He gave the models a short center part, then combed the rest of their hair back. A mixture of Surf (for a matte hold) and Prep applied right at the roots created volume at the crown. “We tie a loose ponytail, roll, and pin it… then whatever happens, happens,” Philippon said of the messy bun. The overall look was chic and vaguely 60s.
Wanda Ruiz of CND designed the nails to match the custom-designed-for-this-show Manolo Blahnik shoes. The models wore pointy stilettos, in black mesh or black patent with a clear plastic top. Correspondingly, the nails were elongated almonds with a funky French manicure. Some models wore Putty nails with Blackjack tips; others wore Blackjack nails with clear plastic tips.