The Intimidatingly Pretty Rodarte Girl


The Rodarte girl always has an extra flourish to her already well executed beauty look—and the sentiment for Spring 2017 was no different. Makeup artist James Kaliardos and hairstylist Odile Gilbert teamed up again with the Mulleavy sisters to create a look that was beautifully romantic and ever so slightly intimidating: The face looked deceptively bare, but actually belied a good amount of makeup and the hair came strewn haphazardly with unnatural-looking rubber flowers. Backstage, Gilbert described the end result as “sad, but pretty,” and Kaliardos said that if it spoke it would say “you can look, but don’t you dare touch me.”

Using only Nars Cosmetics, Kaliados began the process by priming the skin of each model with moisturizer, before applying tinted moisturizer and concealer as needed. The idea was to create a natural-looking glow, so blush and the left side of a new eyeshadow duo called ‘Thessalonique’ was applied to the cheekbones—an unorthodox use for the product which Kaliardos encourages women to try at home. Next came the eyes, which were lined for intensity and shaded with a velvety dual-purpose stick titled ‘Belle-Ile.’ Lips were conditioned and then layered with a pink-ish pencil called ‘Get Off,’ that’s new from Nars for Spring 2017. “I wanted the look to feel empowering for the girls and for them to feel like people wanted to kiss them, but were too intimidated to ever make the move,” explained Kaliardos.

Odile and her team clipped hand-decorated barrettes at the back of the head and trailing through the middle and end lengths of the hair of each model. Prior to the show, the hairstylist had cut-out flowers from the collection’s excess fabric and sewn them onto bows and ribbons which were used liberally as well. “We must have made about 90 separate pieces in total, which took us hours and hours,” she said “but we knew that the process of applying them would be quick and easy—and it was.” In a three-part process, she conditioned, blow-dried, and then placed the accessories randomly through the hair. “We didn’t want it to look too considered,” she explained. “Instead, I told my team to think of how a child would decorate their hair. There’s something romantic about that kind of simplicity, but also it’s tinged with a sense of nostalgia that can make you feel just a little bit sad.”


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