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Backstage Beauty: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Ever want to know what a sardine must feel like? Most of the people backstage at last night's 3.1 Phillip Lim show could tell you. Luckily, I was able to duck in and speak with Nars makeup artist Ayako and the gifted hair stylist Odile Gilbert, who was working with Aveda.

While taking a break with her adorable (and very well-behaved) doggy, Ayako explained the inspiration for the look of the show's heroine. "She's very strong and confident in a very modern way," she said. "Eighties eyebrows and '30s lips meet together for Phillip's collection." To create the look, Ayako used a Botan brush to give a very light dusting of powder foundation only on models who needed it. Then, eyebrow hairs were drawn on individually for a manga effect. Eyes were completely bare, as were cheeks, but lips got a pop of red with semi-matte lipsticks in Fire Down Below and Scarlett Empress.

In the hair-styling section, everything smelled like Aveda—such a calming encounter in the whirlwind of the backstage area. Lead stylist Odile Gilbert had a simple explanation of the hair, which softly snaked around in the back of the head. "There is not a past inspiration," she said. "It's a girl from 2008. Super-simple."

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Love the look.
emalove emalove 8 years
I agree with InfernalMari, love the red lips, not loving the brows.
InfernalMari InfernalMari 8 years
Love the lips, hate the brows. Shout out for Mackenzie Hamilton, who actually went to high school with my boyfriend. Can't lie, I was insanely jealous when I found out, but now I root for her, cause she's fierce. (second to last photograph).
Bee333 Bee333 8 years
Aveda experience sounds awesome! I always love how I smell after an Aveda visit.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Very pretty! I love the fresh and clean make-up look!
Bee333 Bee333 8 years
She looks like Kelly Gillis from Top Gun!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
The eyebrows give a nice balance to the strong lips. I think this is the most attractive minimalist makeup I've seen so far this season.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Is it me or do the brows look odd?
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