Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. Backstage at Cushnie et Ochs

September 8, 2011 • Beauty, Fashion Blog, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

The hair and makeup board backstage at Cushnie et Ochs

Backstage at any Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show always provides a  jolt of adrenaline, watching the hair and makeup stylists creating a perfect look while dressers ready the clothes and the designers themselves walk through the chaos and take it all in. But when we get to see a stylist we’ve worked with before and hear their vision for the season’s collection, it makes the experience that much more fun.

Such was the case for one of the first backstage shows we covered, Cushnie et Ochs with Pantene’s key stylist Danilo and  key stylist for MAC Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury. Having interviewed Danilo myself last season, I knew how enthusiastic he was about the Cuchnie et Ochs line and how valuable his expertise is after years of being a celebrity hair stylist and industry legend.

Pantene Pro-V's key stylist Danilo explains the Cushnie et Ochs hair look

Danilo explained that the hair look for Cushnie et Ochs this season was to be light, breezy and pulled back from the face to spotlight the makeup look and the beautifully bold clothing. He wanted the hair to be down and to be sleek, yet tucked behind the ears to keep the face fully in focus. His go to arsenal of Pantene Pro-V products included the Restore Beautiful Lengths Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Fine Hair Solutions Weightless Body Building Gel (which is actually a great product for all hair types because of its lightness and inability to weigh hair down) and Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm. He also utilized his secret weapon, Pantene Aqua Light,  a nourishing blow out balm that keeps hair shiny and healthy-looking (though sadly, is currently only available in Europe).

As for the actual style, hair was prepped and blown out straight and then smoothed back to be tucked behind the ears. Danilo and his team wanted a look that was easy and wearable, while still maintaining a sense of refinement and elegance. Stay tuned for more styling tips from Danilo when we lunch with him and talk shop later in the week!

Danilo styling a model's hair

Blow-drying the hair in sections for a non-frizzy, high shine look

Onto makeup with MAC: key stylist Charlotte Tilbury explained that the makeup was intended to look fresh but still neutral, so as to allow the graphic prints and vibrant colors of the clothes to stand out. To create the look, Tilbury and her team used MAC Sculpt Foundation and Concealer sparingly, only on places of the face that needed it. MAC’s Loose Powder was applied to the t-zone to keep the look matte. A combination of MAC’s Lillicent and Laidback Cream Blushes made a barely there flush on the center of cheeks. For eyes, the lashes were curled first then MAC Smolder pencil liner was applied to the top lashline and winged out for a subtle bit of drama.  An pencil liner in Coffee was mixed with MAC’s Cream Colour Base in brown and smudged into the bottom lashline as well. On the lids, MAC’s Gloss Texture was combined with a brown Cream Colour Base and applied all over the lid to create a neutral eye that would work well with the reds and browns in the collection. For lips, MAC’s Lip Conditioner was combined with Boldly Bare lipcolor for a nude pout.

A test shot of the makeup look

Key stylist for MAC, Charlotte Tilbury (right), touching up a model

Getting the smudgy brown liner look

MAC artists at work

The final makeup look

After seeing the looks crafted by Danilo and Tilbury, it was clear the statement the beauty would be making was one that was modern and edgy, yet still undeniably sophisticated, overall  the perfect complement to the Cushnie et Ochs spring ’12 collection.

Testing the light before the show begins! 


-Alia Rajput

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