#NYFW Backstage Beauty: Francesca Liberatore Fall 2015
The beauty look complementing Francesca Liberatore Fall/Winter 2015 was powerful in subtle and graceful ways. The collection was inspired by superheroes, which led the makeup, hair, and nail artists to create details to match the taste of a glorious female lead.
“There’s no mascara because we want a kind of toughness.”
Fatima Thomas, Senior Artist for MAC, led the team to create the only look we witnessed this season without mascara (!!). Thomas told us that in terms of products and colors, the look was relatively minimalist – really only using colors for shaping and contouring purposes (enter: MAC Creme Colour Base, used to match and accentuate models’ natural skin tones), particularly around the eyes, which Thomas described as resulting in an “aerodynamic” feel. Not only did lashes go without mascara, but they were left untouched – aka no curling. Thomas emphasized that they didn’t want the lashes to make any noise – the look was all about the strength and shape of the eye.
Jorge Luis and the Cutler Salon team used Redken products to lock in the superhero braids they created that swept across the crown and draped down at the back. The look was at once collected and powerful but still flirty, with the braids adding an element of femininity.
We caught up with the lovely Pattie Yankee again, this time to see what kinds of special appliques were used in the making of a nail design fit for Francesca Liberatore. The team started by applying Pattie’s Support Base Coat, followed by creating a rounded, silver edged French manicure with Patricia Yankee Nail Lacquer Polish in Divinity. Pattie dished to us that in the theme of superheros, she decided to hole punch small stars out of Dashing Diva Color Effects Appliques. Stars were placed in the middle of the index fingernail and varied in color from blue or red depending on the model. The look was finished off with Patricia Yankee’s “Protect” Top Coat.