Backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo show is always one of the highlights of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Set away from the chaos of Lincoln Center, the show is always held high above Times Square inside the NASDAQ Center. And despite the brimming activity outside, inside the vibe is always relaxed and laid-back as key stylists Ted Gibson of Ted Gibson Salons and Romero Jennings for MAC Cosmetics ready the models for what is always an exceptional show.
This season, the Carmen Marc Valvo show was all about displaying a classic American beauty. The beauty look was created to be young and fresh but still modern and wearable. The garments in the collection embodied a slight 50’s influence but with updated silhouettes to the classic styles. Speaking with Romero Jennings on the makeup, I learned that he wanted a clean neutral look that would be centered around a strong, punchy lip.
The face was moisturized with MAC’s Moisture Charged Water Moisture Gel. MAC’s Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation was then blended onto the skin for a dewy, fresh-faced look. MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer was dabbed on the face wherever needed and the Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder was pressed down the center of the face. For contouring, Jennings’ team used MAC’s Taupe Sculpt Powder under the cheekbones.
For cheeks, MAC’s Colour Cream Base in Pearl was dabbed onto the cheek bones and under the brow bones, and then finished with a coat of clear Mirror Prolongwear Gloss for an added sheen.
For that attainable neutral eye, MAC’s Pencil Liner in Coffee was dotted into the crease and blended out. MAC’s Omega Eyeshadow was then swiped across the entire lid. The lashes were curled and then coated in MAC’s Zoom Lash Mascara in Fast Black. The Mirror Prolongwear Gloss was also patted onto the eyelid and MAC’s Nylon Eyeshadow was pressed onto the brow bone and buffed out.
Finally, the centerpiece of the lips was started with MAC’s Lip Pencil in Berry filling in the lips completely. Scarlet Ibis Lip Color was then pressed onto the pouts and topped off with Classic Red Pigment to keep the look matte. The result was a fresh, and unfussy look that was, as Jennings described, “approachable, attainable and wearable”.
Moving over to hair, Ted Gibson is always one of our favorite people to talk to. He explained that for him the collection resonated with an American sportswear reminiscent of the 1970’s. He envisioned Peggy Lipton and the Mod Squad and immediately thought of a center part with long, silky, beautiful hair.
To get this look, he prepped the hair with Ted Gibson Build It Blow Drying Spray. After blow drying, he tucked the hair behind the ears and added Ted Gibson Fix It Gel before using a flat iron to make it shiny, sleek and smooth. For a final touch, he sprayed on a coat of Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray for control and movement (and gave us a tip: spray the hairspray on your hand first and then pat it down the hair from top to bottom).
The resulting look was a glossy sheet of hair where the center part at the top was flat and shiny, while the rest of the hair had controlled movement where it could be messed up, but would still retain a look of refinement. Gibson himself described his look as, “effortless, chic and with a touch of sophistication.”
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