Backstage Beauty: Saint Laurent’s Subversive Women


For Anthony Vaccarello’s second showing at Saint Laurent, the house’s global beauty director Tom Pecheux settled on a graphic beauty look. Set against near-perfect skin, the eyes were the focus for Fall 2017—and each pair were tweaked ever-so-slightly to uphold Vaccarello’s theme of subversive individuality throughout.

A fresh twist on ‘80s beauty, the bold stokes of matte black on the eyelids were not created using eyeshadow or eyeliner. Instead, Pecheux applied YSL’s Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils ‘The Shock’ with a finger, using swiping and dabbing motions to produce a unique print. Although not stated as an official reference, the end result reminds us of traditional Japanese Shodo calligraphy, in which characters (officially called ‘Kanji’), are written with a specialist fude brush in black ink on rice paper.

Click here to see every look from Saint Laurent’s Fall 2017 runway show.


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