Backstage Beauty: Prada Spring 2017


The beauty look for Prada’s Spring 2017 show at Milan Fashion Week can easily be interpreted in two ways. On the one hand its 1920’s-style bob and barely-there beauty could be seen as a kind of homage to literary heroines like Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Miuccia Prada’s oft-referenced librarian chic. On the other, the sleek stillness of it all felt futuristic in an almost space-age way. This clever play on time past and approaching was the handiwork of hairstylist Guido Palau and makeup artist Pat McGrath, and the end result offered a fresh take on what it means to be a Prada girl.

Backstage, Guido branded scissors and liberally lopped off the mid to end lengths of some of the models‘ hair, before dividing it into a deep side part, slicked down with some wet-look spray. Those who elected to keep their hair long were given a ponytail with the same side-part and moisture-heavy fixtures.

For the face, Pat primed and highlighted complexions until almost translucently iridescent and layered natural-looking lip balm onto pouts. The brows became the standout feature: Every single hair was brushed up and set into place. The makeup artist didn’t say if she was using one of her own products to fix them, but given her track record of secretly debuting the next launch from Pat McGrath Labs at Fashion Week, we’ve got our fingers crossed that we’ll soon be able to mimic this particular element of the look, strand-for-strand at home.


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