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Backstage at Gucci Spring 2012

Avant-garde beauty was the inspiration at Gucci in homage to 20th century surrealist artist Man Ray and New Wave icon Debbie Harry.

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MILAN — Avant-garde beauty was the inspiration at Gucci in homage to 20th century surrealist artist Man Ray and New Wave icon Debbie Harry.


Hair was pulled back into two, voluminous, tucked-back ponytails using the John Frieda Luxurious Volume line, secured with black electrical tape.


Waterproof Fardel Maquillage Color Cream Make-Up was painted on the sides of pulled-back hair in black streaks, a coup de theatre that was most striking on blondes. For brunettes, gold sheen was added to highlight the golden tones in creative director Frida Giannini’s collection.


“At the suggestions of raccoon eyes, I wanted the hair to have a Man Ray feeling with a striking, black and white aspect. I saw a picture of Blondie with the blonde hair and the black streak and it stayed with me — so why not do that?” said hairstylist Luigi Murenu.


Makeup artist Pat McGrath modernized the punk couture with a jet-black eye on baby-fresh skin using natural foundation and nude lips touched by Max Factor Xperience Sheer Gloss Balm.


“Punk elegance done with Art Deco punk eyes, black on black, and texture that’s superdecorated but subtly done,” said McGrath.


Max Factor Kohl Pencil in black lined the entire eye, followed by cream shadow Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow in Onyx Smoke, finished with Max Factor Xperience Volume Mascara in black. Black shimmer shadow was applied for sparkle to the center of the eyelid.


Brows were bleached. “It gives it a tougher, stronger look,” said McGrath.