Backstage Beauty Beat: Thom Browne


THE HAIR: Jimmy Paul went for runway hair to end all runway hair. Using synthetic white wigs and Bumble and Bumble products, Paul executed the nun-inspired look that Thom Browne had in mind for his fall collection. To prep the wigs, he and his team used Pret-A-Powder to get a matte finish and a texture that would make it easy to tease. When stylists put these “nun hat” wigs on the models’ heads, they applied more dry shampoo, tied the ends into a low ponytail and loosened the hair. Paul described the look as an “other worldly thing…a little outer-space” and rather futuristic. The style was finished with hairspray for strong hold.

THE MAKEUP: Staying consistent with the nun theme, makeup artists used MAC Cosmetics to whiten their skin and yield a soft look. Thom wanted the girls to look innocent and soft but slightly wicked. Lead makeup artist Sil Bruinsma went for pale, ivory skin using MAC foundation mixed with white face and body paint, layered with white powder all over. He created a haunted, hollow smoky look on the eyes using Copperplate eye shadow on the lid. A thin eyebrow was drawn above the models’ actual brows with the Eye Brows Pencil in dirty blonde. A bit of mascara was applied in the root of the lashes for depth, and cheeks were sculpted with MAC’s new “Fun Ending” blush. Lips were kept bare and pale save for a little bit of balm for moisture.

THE MANI: Julie Kandalec crafted spooky Lorde-esque nails with a charcoal water-based acrylic paint and no nail polish at all. She messily brushed the paint on the tips of the fingers so that it looked like they were dipped in ink.