Backstage Beauty: A Crew Of Carine Roitfelds At Cushnie Et Ochs

If we learned anything from her MAC collection, it’s that Carine Roitfeld is a beauty icon in the making. The editrix’s signature smoky eye, bold brow, and natural lip provided the inspiration for the models’ looks yesterday at Cushnie et Ochs‘ fall show, and were the perfect complement to the sexy, powerful ensembles the design duo sent down the runway.

As lead MAC makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told us backstage, the idea was to create something that was both “very chic and pared down” and at the same time drew from “a bit of gothic inspiration, a bit of Carine Roitfeld inspiration.” This translated to luminescent skin sculpted with Mineralized Moisture SPF15 and perfected with Pro Long Wear concealer, while eyes were smudged with four separate shades of cream eyeshadow — purple, rust, chocolate, and black — and set off with a “more handsome, filled in brow,” courtesy of the Lingering brow pencil. Finally, the dramatic, plummy lip was the result of blending two shades of lipstick: the deep purple “Film Noir” and the redder “Sin”.

At the hair station, Moroccan Oil stylist Antonio Corral Calero took inspiration from further afield: Salem, witchcraft, and the early American settlers. “The hair is very straight but with a lot of volume on top, very flat on the sides, very luxurious looking,” he explained, saying that the stylists would begin with the line’s signature Moroccan Oil treatment, work out the hair with a volumizing brush, then slick it back with a sculpting gel that, while not in stores right now, should hit shelves within the next couple of months. The result was a super sleek look that was teased out at the crown for a square shape and finished with Luminous hairspray.

See photos from backstage at the show below:

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