Versace Spring/Summer 2012 Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Palau
by Catherine Piercy
THE CREDITS: Makeup, Pat McGrath
Hair, Guido Palau for Redken
THE LOOK: MAKEUP: Skin—and lots of it—was the message for spring at Versace, where Pat McGrath was charged with producing a near-supernatural glow from head to toe. “Highlighting and healthiness!” she said of the full brows, flushed cheeks, and lit-from-within complexions she created backstage. Below the neck, she imbued shoulders, midriffs, and legs with a luminous finish that lent a punch of visual impact to Donatella’s high-cut short-shorts and peek-a-boo evening dresses.
HAIR: “Gorgeous, rich, sexy…you just want to be her,” said Guido Palau of his thick, high-maintenance hair, which bounced softly around the shoulders as models sauntered down the runway to the tune of Stevie Nicks.
SKIN: McGrath blended foundation into the skin before going over the cheekbones, chin, and inner corners of the eyes with a gleaming metallic highlighter. Below the neck, her team rubbed a subtly shimmering moisturizer over every inch of exposed skin before dabbing away imperfections with concealer and blending luminizer down the front of the shins.
EYES: McGrath dusted a haze of mink-colored shadow around the entire eye, then swiped black mascara onto the top and bottom lashes.
CHEEKS: Forsaking a touch of color in favor of a full flush, she swirled a robust, rose-colored blush over the apples and upward into the temples.
LIPS: Nothing more than a dab of clear moisturizing balm.
HAIR: Models read, texted, and talked to pass the hours it took for Palau’s team to pump up their lush, center-parted hair to full capacity (model Arizona Muse’s book of choice, for the record: Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc). After rubbing Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream-Mousse through damp hair, they blow-dried small meticulous sections, and set it in large pin curls to cool—before repeating the whole process again. Once it had taken on a satin-like quality, he parted it down the center and brushed it over and over again, leaving a hint of curl at the ends.
NAILS: Two coats of sheer nude color—Layla Cosmetics’s nail polish in #87—on hands and feet.