On the Runway

Beauty Notes From Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton’s stunning debut collection for Alexander McQueen drew on a pagan inspiration – think straw dolls, sheaves of wheat and clouds of monarch butterflies. To continue the thought, hair maestro Guido Palau developed a basket-weave for the hair, with equally stunning, dramatic results. “It’s highly technical, but simple,” he said. Makeup maestro Peter Philips described the clean, glowy look as “light, luminous Gothic.” He used Chanel Pro Lumiere semi-matte foundation, sans mascara, shading or colors, adding a glow on eyelids and a pearly highlight on the cheeks with a touch of Ombre Essentiel in ivory (eyes) and Pearl Glow Powder to polish the skin (i.e., cheeks). Lips were played down, with just a bit of balm. “Since there was a strong pagan inspiration and dresses were seemingly fashioned from sheaves of wheat or a cloud of monarch butterflies, for example – the girl inside them has to be very delicate,” Philips noted. “It’s Lee, but more delicate.”