"I'm not allowed to talk about that one," said makeup artist Diane Kendal. "Alex wanted it to be a secret for the show." The Alex in question is none other than king of minimalist futura, Alexander Wang. We're backstage at his spring '13 runway show, and the crop of models walking around with the "secret" beauty look are starting to multiply. We're more than intrigued.
Kendal along with the NARS team used NARS powder foundations on top of moisturizer to give the girls a clean, modern look. They used Zen blush by NARS to sculpt the cheeks and applied the powder foundation to the lips. For the brows, Kendal created a square boyish brow — on most of the girls.
Here, the mystery unveiled: The 10 models that closed the show sported bleached-out, futuristic brows and high shimmer on the face, created with NARS Albatross highlighting blush. We suddenly understood all the hush-hush, as the models, sporting all-white ensembles, scattered out amongst the runway as the lights dimmed and spotlights circled them. Their outfits glowed in the dark, as they marched off stage, wrapping up another successful season for Wang.
All of the models sported either black or white tape down their parts, topping off a sleek, modern ponytail. "Ponytails are always a challenge for me to try and update," says hairstylist Guido. "Alex likes to push things as a designer; the tape was a different thing." Guido and the Redken team used Redken Satinwear 02 to create a sleek, futuristic ponytail, leaving the ends dry and loosely curled. "I wanted the actual pony to be loose," Guido explains, "to offset the tightness of the crown." He finished the look with Redken Fashion Work 12 hair spray, a moveable hair spray. Click through for all Alexander Wang's beauty looks, as well as a glimpse at the glow-in-the-dark surprise!
Photo: Courtesy of NARS