With artistic director Phoebe Philo expecting her third child next month, invitations to this season’s intimate Céline showroom presentation—which the designer opted for instead of the usual runway show—were hard to come by. Backstage access? Even harder. Lucky for us, Ford Artist Sylwia Rakowska was part of makeup guru Dick Page’s backstage team. She shared some of the techniques used to give the girls their clean-and-classic look and let us in on a few tricks.
First up, something a little counterintuitive. Page—who moonlights as artistic director of Shiseido when he’s not busy backstage—wanted to keep the models from looking too doll-like. Accordingly, Rakowska skipped concealer and foundation under the eyes and top lids. The result was strikingly natural (and a relief to those of us prone to undereye circles—bring ’em on for Fall!). For added illumination, Rakowska dabbed clear lip gloss on the eyelids for a wet effect; to do at home, she recommends applying it on bare lids and following up with a touch of eyeliner and plenty of mascara (waterproof for both, preferably). And, while fingers are often a makeup artist’s secret weapons when it comes to application, Rakowska revealed that she and the makeup team used sponges to achieve an effective, natural-looking layer of foundation.
If Céline’s Fall collection seems out of reach, start by re-creating the runway look with double-duty lip gloss. And don’t forget: Easy on the concealer.