When it comes to beauty, some women just have their thing. “You know, whether I put on a beauty mark or I do a line under my eye or I wear fuchsia lipstick,” explained makeup artist Jeanine Lobell from backstage at the Stella McCartney resort show. “Like, that’s my thing.” The models certainly had a unique look—in this case, the aforementioned “underliner.” After prepping skin with Sunday Riley’s Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer and Juno Transformative Lipid Serum, and then adding a neutral shadow to lids (depending on skin tone, she went with Sunday Riley eye shadows in either Camille or Rich Earth), Lobell used the beauty brand’s Velvet Gel Eye Pencil in Pitch Black to draw a short, contained line along the lower lashes. “She wanted just that hard line that comes off, but not full Black Swan,” said Lobell of McCartney’s request for the look.
Although the resulting style appears effortlessly striking, perfecting the line does take a bit of tinkering. “I’m telling you, make friends with the pointed Q-tip—because I’ll do eyeliner on people and half the time I’m erasing to get the shape I want, rather than putting on,” the acclaimed makeup artist noted. The rest of the face was kept simple—just a swipe of Sunday Riley Influencer mascara in Obsidian, a dab of lipstick (either a nude or a rose pink, again depending on just how flushed each model’s lips were), and then bit of blush to give “a healthy glow.”
For the hair, the goal was also to elevate a low-key look. Led by Tabitha Baker, the team of stylists backstage at a church in New York’s East Village kept products and tools to a minimum, using just a hot iron and fingers to style tresses. “It’s really loose, and the wave is focused more at the mid-shaft—not so much at the root or the ends,” explained Baker, pointing to the tousled, natural locks which she likened to “an air wave.” After setting the curls with Aveda’s Air Control Hair Spray, she would use her hands to shake them out, pull them down, and even rake through a bit to break up the spiral. But don’t call this messy—between the deep side-part and the bit of polish added with Arrojo Hair Crème, this is a look that has, as Baker put it, “some structure and a little bit more strength.”