Last Thursday marked the kick-off of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town for SS16 and we were lucky enough to be invited backstage to watch Michelle and her team work on all the models. I was expecting a chaotic scene, full of maniacal MUAs and harassed hair stylists, but what unfolded in the hair and makeup tent was something much more calm and organised.
They were preparing for Stefania Morland when we arrived; a gorgeous island-inspired look. Skin was being prepped with Strobe Cream and Mineralized Moisture Foundation so it looked really dewy, while Pearl Cream Color Base and a slick of Crystal Glaze Gloss was used on the high points of the face for an additional highlight. Plenty of Give Me Sun bronzer was used to create a “Mediterranean sun-kissed glow”, and also blended across the eyelids.
The Crystal Glaze Gloss was used again on the middle of the lid, while Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara (a favourite of ours, especially for the lower lashline) was worked into the base of the lashes only for subtle definition. Brows were very textured and natural-looking, brushed up to show the hairs and set with a clear gel. Go Guava from the Spring 2015 Lip & Cheek Palette was buffed onto the cheeks and patted into the lips for a subtle flush of healthy colour. The look was finished with a few freckles drawn on over the nose and cheeks as the ultimate “beach babe” accessory.
After we had soaked up the vibe backstage, we headed to the main tent to catch Marianne Fassler and Stefania Morland in action. Both shows were a riot of colour and texture and such fun to watch. Anyone else feeling REALLY ready for spring?!
Special thanks to MAC for having us.