Backstage at Derek Lam Spring 2012

WWD went behind the scenes at the designer's spring show.

Backstage at Derek Lam RTW Spring 2012

Richard Neutra’s modernistic architecture provided the inspiration for the beauty looks at Derek Lam’s runway show on Sunday.


“We wanted to translate that architectural vibe into the makeup, with a California-meets-East Coast finish,” said Tom Pecheux, working for Estée Lauder at the show (he is also Lauder’s creative makeup director.) How to translate that? A striking eye design. To start, Pecheux used Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10, launching in March, to provide a flawless canvas. He followed with Pure Color blush in a pink hue, launching in February, as well as the limited edition Gelée Bronzer. Next came the eye design: the yellow shadow from a Pure Color EyeShadow Palette that will launch in January, complemented by Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection shades in Cyber Copper and Cyber Green. Pecheux added Sumptous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Copper, then applied Pure Color Gloss in Citron Kiss, a pale gold, to the lips. He finished with a dusting of Lucidity Translucent Powder.


Jin Soon Choi, also working for Estée Lauder at the show, polished nails in Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Nude Attitude, a shade only available in select international markets, not including the U.S.


Orlando Pita, working with T3 and Phyto for Beauty.com at the show, interpreted Neutra for the hair with a side part and a ponytail — “simple, organic lines,” he explained. Pita made his side part, then used Phyto’s Volum Actif mousse, Phyto 7 Leave-In Conditioner and a T3 Featherweight Luxe for sheen and control. Next came T3’s Single Pass flatiron to make hair ruler-straight. Pita then spritzed hair with Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray and pulled hair back into a low ponytail, finishing with Phyto Professional Shine Defining Wax.