Christian Siriano wanted many to look upon the clothes and keep the focus off the face for his Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection. The inspiration came from the “hard coldness of Russia and opulence of the clothes,” said Siriano. The look, in the end, was very simple, yet with classic Russian influences. Sirano called upon MAC Key Artist Polly Osmond to create the look of a “modern and powerful” woman.
The face is kept very natural and flawless. You can see the natural dewiness of the skin but it is not overdone. “It’s a matte T-zone with a little bit of shine and highlights on the cheekbones,” Osmond explained. The skin is finished with Face + Body Foundation. This is used to contour the nose and cheekbones, while giving a smooth look. Next is to continue to highlight the cheekbones and nose using the Luna Cream Color as a base.
The focal point of the look is the eyes. “We did something to kind of, to strengthen the face so we’re doing Carbon Black Eyeshadow on the bottom lid, making it a little bit heavier towards the outer corner and then sharpening it up towards the inside,” said Osmond. “Smolder Eye Liner on the inner waterline and on the upper lid and then a very fine line of Blacktrack Liner on the top of lid. And then, we’re feathering the outer corner of the eye just so it gives it a diffused feel. We’re just taking the liner and doing the lines coming out.” The color is smudged under the and into the crease, making the color less harsh.
“No mascara, brushing the brows and shading the face so that the shading gives a strong, essence of a Russian-esque woman,” Osmond laughs. Penultimate Brow is dusted on for a bit of color. “Apart from the eyes, everything else is very simple.” A tonal Mavey Lipstick is used for a nude color on the lips. A clear gloss is used to finish off the look, as too not to detract from the eyes.
Hair (as you can tell) was very much inspired by the conventional ideal of the stylish Russian woman, or more perhaps of a glamourous farm girl. Aveda Key Hair Stylish Antoinette Beenders made a simple yet intricate look. First, a dense center part is created from the front of the hairline to nape of the neck. A little bit of volume is then created on the sides of the hair with what Beenders called her self-professed ‘miracle cream’ Pure Abundance Style Prep. This infuses the hair with volume without adding weight. Two fishtail braids are then made at the sides and in the end, pinned and intertwined at the nape. The look is kept shiny and very clean in the front. All of the hair is kept off of the face, so that the skin shines front and center. Hair is then sprayed with HairControl and HairForce for an all-day hold without being sticky.
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