The YSL show is always considered to be a beauty bellwether – whereever Pat McGrath decides to take the models’ wearing Stefano Pilati’s gorgeous clothes, we can all expect to be following in her incredible footsteps’ next year.
This season there was a change on the lip colour right before show time – I don’t know whether we’d call it Lipgate, but the original, gorgeous strong violet lip colour was decided to be a little overpowering and minutes before show time Pat had her team remove the violet lip and replace it with a gorgeous, glossy nude. I love both but as always I think Pat made the right call. Can this woman do any wrong?
Here’s what she used (all products by YSL Beauté)
Pale polished skin, very neutral, touch of shimmer on cheeks
- Teint Radiance N° 1 – Ivory
- Touche Éclat N° 1 – Luminous Pink
- Touche Éclat N° 2 – Luminous Ivory
- Semi Loose Natural Radiant Powder N° 1
- Highlighter – Ombres Duolumières N° 1 – Evenly Beige/ Astral Brown used on cheekbones to add touch of shimmer
- Eyes sculpted in taupe – Ombre Duo Lumières N° 1 – Evenly Beige/ Astral Brown
- Beautiful designed brows – Dessin des Sourcils N° 2 – Dark Brown
- and Dessin des Sourcils N° 3 – Glazed Brown
- Mascara Volume Effets Faux Cils N° 2 – Brown – on upper lashes only.
- Stunning chic coral beige lacquered mouth
- Sculpted with Touche Éclat N° 1 Luminous Pink
- Touche Éclat N° 2 – Luminous Ivory
- Rouge Pur Couture N° 10 – Beige Tribute
- mixed with new Rouge Pur Couture N° 36 – Coral Legend (available with the Fall Look 2011).
- Topped off with Golden Gloss N° 11 – Golden Whisper – or a modern “patent” shine
- La Laque N° 14 – Transparent Pink
For more information about the products, please visit www.yslbeautyus.com
It started as a murmur at the last Fashion Week – not a bronzer in sight, instead either natural skin tomes or slightly paler, bones highlighted with judicious use of contour and luminiser. Then came Twilight, the vampire film seemingly beloved by all, and the murmur became a whisper, and now with the release of New Moon (the sequel to Twilight), and the fact that I haven’t opened my bronzer bag in six months, I think the whisper is officially a roar – pale skin is back in.
It will be interesting to see what the next round of Fashion Weeks brings up in September, but I don’t see paler skin going anywhere. When the only people wedded to their toxic tans seem to be Lindsey Lohan, Victoria Beckham and Jordan, I do think it’s time to move on and embrace the skin you’re in, one free of nasty melanomas and prematurely aged by the sun.
Being on the lighter side myself I can attest too many long Australian summers in the sun, cooking myself to my deepest color – a disappointing watery tea shade that invariably burned, and took about 150 hours of hard core sun exposure to get what I could have done in half an hour in the bathroom with a coat of Clarins fake tan. So even on holidays now I protect myself with SPF 50, and try not to worry too much about those toxic (but oh so enjoyable!) rays. Thus it’s great to see that there is a new movement afoot to embrace our natural, un-suntanned selves. Just in time for winter!
Chantecaille have introduced a new pale shade of their fabulous Future Skin foundation, which was sorely lacking from their line before, and both MAC and Illamasqua do pure white foundations for the fairest amongst you. Kay Montano uses Becca Sherbert when she is looking after the creamy complexion of regular client, Nicole Kidman, and for highlighting the alabaster-skinned I like either Becca Pearl, or Pat McGrath’s favourite, Armani Fluid Sheer in 0.
And of course for our friends whose skin is NEVER going to be a whiter shade of pale, rock the gorgeous skin tone of caramel, honey or ebony that you are, and don’t feel left out – because black is ALWAYS beautiful.