With its unique touch and sheen, the sea­son’s hottest fab­ric se­duces the beauty scene. By Li Ying Lim.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

el­vet in the lex­i­con of beauty is fig­ur­ing large this year, from cov­etable com­plex­ion to hair ac­ces­sories and in­deli­ble lip colours. Liq­uid-turned-matte lip prod­ucts that first go on gloss-like, then trans­form into an en­tirely dif­fer­ent tex­ture in sec­onds, are the or­der of the day. “The vel­vety smooth tex­ture looks luxe and fuzzy; you can’t help but touch it,” said celeb make-up artist Suzie Kim. At Marni, Zac Posen, Stella Jean, Mary Ka­trant­zou, and Ro­darte, lips were both plush and matte, in their metic­u­lous lip tech­niques and hues. “Red lips are now painstak­ingly shaped, curved, lay­ered, smoothed,” in­formed make-up artist Val Gar­land. To work it like the dark, plush lips of Marco de Vincenzo’s girls, Terry Bar­ber gave it a vel­vety fin­ish by dab­bing MAC Pig­ment in Ba­sic Red in the cen­tre to blend, press­ing and re-press­ing to per­fectly fin­ish. BAZAAR Aus­tralia beauty con­trib­u­tor Chloé Brin­klow shared, “The vel­vet tex­ture is achieved by press­ing, not sweep­ing, a translu­cent pressed pow­der or match­ing eye­shadow over the top of the colour.”


Vel­vet also made an ap­pear­ance in hair ac­ces­sories. “The fact that it’s silk vel­vet makes it more evening,” ex­plained hair doyenne Odile Gil­bert, as she show­cased the wrought vel­vet rib­bons around the mod­els’ skinny pony­tails back­stage at Suno. “It’s a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion.”

At Haider Ack­er­mann, mod­els had jewel-toned vel­vet strips bandied around their manes, turn­ing them into skyscrap­ing “hair horns” us­ing the same ma­te­ri­als from the clothes. The make-up was equally lu­mi­nous. “It’s soft, and pure ... it’s sur­real,” said Ack­er­mann’s prin­ci­pal make-up artist, Lynsey Alexan­der.

Not only was the fab­ric used for creat­ing the looks back­stage, but beauty gu­rus have also as­pired to achieve the tex­ture and feel of vel­vet. “It’s very ethe­real, ro­man­tic, al­most an­gelic in a way, with the static creat­ing a halo,” con­firmed hair­styl­ist Paul Han­lon back­stage at Rochas, who used a big brush to re­peat­edly brush through the length of each model’s tresses to achieve that “glow”, which beau­ti­fully com­ple­mented the vel­vet sheen of beige eye­shadow across the lids.

Vel­vet noir lips at Marni

Façades of vel­vet at Haider Ack­er­mann

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