Immediately upon entering the dark, industrial space at Pier 57 for Prabal Gurung's spring '13 show, we knew that the designer would be surprising us yet again with his beauty choices for the collection. After past seasons of slicking models with blue eyeshadow and orchid-hued lipstick, Gurung tapped MAC pro Charlotte Tilbury to create a '90s-inspired, "ethereal yet haunted" look to accompany his sinister-glam fashions.
Tilbury created a velvety complexion with MAC Mineralize Liquid Foundation (new for spring), followed by minimal concealer and light contouring under cheekbones. To further the sculpted effect, the tops of cheekbones were highlighted with MAC Cream Color Base in Luna (a pro favorite for spring). The eyes were lightly shaded with MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture and Coffee Walnut, highlighted with more Cream Color Base in Luna, and in what seems to be a recurring trend for spring '13, no mascara was used. The result? A minimalistic, neutral face that brought out the models' naturally killer bone structure.
When dreaming up the hair looks for the show, Schwarzkopf lead hairstylist Paul Hanlon was inspired by Sissy Spacek in the '70s to create what he describes as "soft, pure, innocent and angelic" hair for Gurung's collection. For this natural look, hair was prepped with Osis Grip Mousse, rough dried, and then clipped down at the nape (hairstylists attached a piece of tissue to the back to ensure that the hair lay flat against the head). To finish, Hanlon and team used "loads" of Osis Magic Gloss anti-frizz serum to achieve a "dangerously shiny" look, and spritzed a bit of light hair spray for a subtle hold.
Last but certainly not least, Gurung collaborated with Sally Hansen to create three custom shades to complement his spring line (this season marks their fifth making nail magic together): Apparition, a gunmetal; Angel Bite, a deep red; and, Resurrection, a grayish blue. For the models, Sally Hansen nail ambassador Tracylee used the Angel Bite shade to create a dripping blood pattern on a pristine white background — a perfect complement to the creepy-glam collection that stunned on the runway.
Photographed by Jacqueline Harriet