Backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show is somewhat of a glam mob. There are a million people running around curling hair, applying makeup, doing touch-ups, and making sure each model looks absolutely perfect. Being in the presence of each Angel is completely surreal, and definitely makes you feel a bit self-conscious. (Seriously, how is it that their hair and makeup look that good?) Turns out the mastermind behind the glowing, seemingly flawless skin of each model is Dick Page, who's now done the makeup for the infamous Victoria's Secret Fashion show four times. We weren't going to leave the area without knowing exactly how he executed the signature glam look on every girl (can you blame us?) and discovered that his go-to product was not exactly what we were expecting.
"It's very simple. The main thing apart from the obvious skincare and foundation, mostly to warm the skin to match the body because a lot of girls are tan here (points to the body) and fairer here (points to the face), is the red. The Kryolan Supracolor in Red ($5) on the cheek and a tiny dot on the nose, but mostly on the cheek to blend it in just to make the skin very fresh." Interesting. Usually when we see Kryolan red paint pods we think face paint or stage makeup, not something for a runway model (especially not on the nose!). However, Page blended in the red pigment with his fingers onto the models even before applying foundation for a completely unexpected yet positively gorgeous finish.
For the eyes, Page used Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25) in Sable Brown—"just a trace, not very much"—with just a bit of creamy black liner on the upper and lower lash line, not in any sort of solid lined fashion, just a very simple and care-free look applied with a small liner brush. He also applied a bit of black mascara and the occasional individual Ardell lashes ($2), but says there were a few "defectors who went off and got extensions." Too funny!
When asked if it's safe to say that Page was going for a natural look for each model, he says, "Yeah, I mean, we have a great stable of girls, and tried not to get in the way." Simple and stunning, just what we'd expect for a Victoria's Secret show.
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