beauty BTS with Zac Posen at New York Fash­ion Week.

Zac Posen is re­defin­ing glam­our this spring. Vic­to­ria DiPlacido gets an in­sider’s look.

ELLE (Canada) - - Insider - By Vic­to­ria DiPlacido

think of the hair and makeup test as a dress re­hearsal: a chance for the de­signer and lead artists to nail down the beauty look and see how it pho­to­graphs be­fore the big run­way re­veal. That’s why five days into New York Fash­ion Week, I head over to Zac Posen’s Mid­town ate­lier, just 24 hours be­fore his show. When I ar­rive, makeup artist Diane Ken­dal is un­pack­ing and ar­rang­ing her kit—a sprawl­ing col­lec­tion of clas­sic, new and yet-to-be-re­leased M.A.C Cos­met­ics prod­ucts that would make for an un­box­ing video of epic pro­por­tions. Turns out the look won’t re­quire more than a few of them: Al­though the lauded Amer­i­can de­signer’s cre­ations have be­come nearly syn­ony­mous with the overt glam­our of the red car­pet— Amy Schumer, Bella Thorne and Jen­nifer Hud­son are among his celebrity clients who show up to sit front row for his spring/ sum­mer 2016 col­lec­tion—this sea­son marks a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. “We’re show­ing the col­lec­tion on flat shoes, so that says it all,” Posen tells me dur­ing the test. “It’s not about an hour­glass shape. The waist is al­ways there and the body is high­lighted, but it’s off the body. It’s the same woman; it’s just that she can ac­tu­ally get across the room.” This sense of easy so­phis­ti­ca­tion is re­flected in the makeup, which “high­lights each girl in­di­vid­ually, as her own star.” Back­stage, some mod­els are given a strong brow, filled in with a Big Brow Pen­cil; oth­ers just have their face high­lighted with the Strobe Cream. Three girls wear a matte-red lip­stick much like the one Posen de­vel­oped with M.A.C as part of their then unan­nounced col­lab­o­ra­tion. “It’s not one sin­gu­lar look for the girls be­cause that’s not how the world is,” says Posen. “I think it’s im­por­tant at cer­tain mo­ments to come back to the idea that there is a per­son in­side there. It’s not about a full fa­cade all the time; it’s about en­hanc­ing that kind of in­ner con­fi­dence.”

M.A.C Cos­met­ics Strobe Cream ($40); M.A.C Stu­dio Water­weight Foun­da­tion ($39.50); M.A.C Cos­met­ics Pow­der Blush in Blush­baby ($26); M.A.C Cos­met­ics Zac Posen Lip­stick in Dan­ger­ously Red ($21.50). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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