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Latin Meets Goth at Givenchy

The Spanish influence evident in Givenchy’s fall fashion trickled into the makeup and hairstyle worn by models for the house’s show Wednesday.

Backstage beauty at Givenchy

Backstage beauty at Givenchy.

Photo By Delphine Achard

The Spanish influence evident in Givenchy’s fall fashion trickled into the makeup and hairstyle worn by models for the house’s show Wednesday.

Makeup artist Aaron De May used only various textures of black on otherwise paled-down faces, a look he labeled “noble,” “aristocratic” and like “Latin meets Goth.” On most models’ eyelids, for instance, De May applied a translucent black substance created from an old beauty recipe based on carbon, the chemical element he said Marlene Dietrich used. Backstage, De May lit a flame against a porcelain plate and then mixed the resulting soot with lip gloss.

At the same time, hairstylist Luigi Mureno, for Kérastase, concocted low-slung chignons with wispy strands of hair flowing from either side of models’ faces.

“It has sensuality,” he said.