Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011
Hair: Andre Rodman
Makeup: Gucci Westman
The Statement Lip Alive And Well Backstage at Oscar de la Renta
December 7, 2010
“I saw the clothes and just felt like they needed a lip,” Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman told us backstage at Oscar de la Renta’s pre-fall show yesterday, where she was busy finger-pressing crimson pigments onto models’ mouths. It’s a sentiment that seems to be resonating with a lot of makeup artists, as painted pouts in shades of berry, red, pink, and orange appeared on the Spring catwalks, but please notice Westman’s unique application. “Lips can look old-ladyish,” she said—particularly at a de la Renta show, which caters to a more mature, albeit undeniably classy crowd. To avoid that fate, Westman layered Revlon’s ColorBurst lipstick in Really Red, a true, blue-red shade, with the more brickish red from her Multi-Use Palette, using her fingertips to mattify the finish and keep the edges soft. The result: lipstick that looked as though it had been “kissed off.” Westman then swiped Revlon’s PhotoReady Powder across the T-zone to prevent shininess before lining the upper lash line with the brand’s ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black to give lashes depth prior to coating them with its CustomEyes Mascara. The simple yet striking makeup was complemented nicely by hairstylist Andre Rodman’s blow-outs, which he prepped with Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray before twisting into low-lying, loose chignons. A few black feathers and a halo of L’Oréal’s Elnett hair spray finished the look.
Luca Luca F/W 11.12
Hair: Teddy Charles
Makeup: Gucci Westman
Snow White Sans Seven Dwarfs, Backstage at Luca Luca
If we had to choose one Disney princess whose beauty look we’d like to emulate, it’d probably be Rapunzel. But since we’re idling in a very long, post-bob grow-out phase, that’s not in the cards at the moment. Slightly more accessible and easily duplicable, turns out, is Snow White. “Raul [Melgoza] was inspired by a girl who is on a journey in the forest,” Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman said backstage at Luca Luca yesterday. “When I heard forest, I immediately thought of Snow White.” To get the “pale, translucent innocence” reminiscent of the fairy-tale heroine, Westman focused her attention on pure, clean skin with Revlon’s Photoready Makeup and a touch of highlight, courtesy of its Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator, before turning her attention to a contoured eye and a strong, crimson lip. Layering lids with Revlon’s Matte Collection eye shadow in Rich Sable and its Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Sueded Brown, Westman made sure to pay equal attention to brows, which she filled in using Revlon’s Brow Fantasy in Brunette for an “arched and expensive-looking” finish. As for that lip, it actually came about due to the precise mixing of the two different reds from Westman’s trusty Multi-Use Palette—the true scarlet from last season’s Suede Rhapsody collection and a berry-tinged Bordeaux from the product’s second incarnation due out this fall. “She’s on an adventure,” Westman said of the Luca Luca girl, poison apples hopefully not included.
MAKEUP: “The boys were inspired by the idea of an Eskimo girl,” Westman said. She gave models hazy, cool-toned purple eyes and windblown cheeks to go with designers David Neville’s and Marcus Wainwright’s winter-white collection of shearling coats and shrunken knit sweaters. “Cool and simple—nothing fussy.”
Westman smoothed a creamy aubergine lip color from Revlon’s Bordeaux in the Snow palette (out in Fall 2011) around the entire lid before blending over it with a rich matte brown powder (Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Rich Sable). She finished by dotting the same purplish cream color onto the lips and cheeks. “It’s that slightly ruddy skin from the cold,” she said of the almost frostbitten effect.
Harper's Bazaar US June 2003
"On the Town With Charlie's Angels" Model: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore & Lucy Liu Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier Fashion Editor: Mary Alice Stephenson Hair: Rolando Beauchamp & Enzo Angeileri Makeup: Gucci Westman & Francesca Tolot Manicure: Tom Bachik