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February 11, 2004

Could You Pull Off Model Makeup?

nick page giving the femme fatale look makeup as seen at narciso rodriguez

Femme Fatale

Photo Credit: Fabio Pettinari/Fabio Pettinari

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Island Girl
The inspiration for the DVF girl is von Furstenberg herself, and the invite is a '70s-era picture of her with nut-brown skin and white plumerias scattered across her lap and tucked in her hair. Makeup artist Ayako helps me find my inner beach girl, dabbing peachy bronze cream on my nose, cheeks, lips, and eyelids. Then she applies Nars cobalt liner on the lower inner rims, running the pencil back and forth until there's enough color to evoke "the reflection of blue water in the eyes." I'm passed along to hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai, who pulls my hair back into a sleek, low, "wet-look" ponytail. Topped off with a majestic orchid behind my ear, the result is Tropical Me, whom I like.

MC RECOMMENDS: DVF Beauty Cream Color Stick in Volcano; Nars Eye Pencil in Kalisté; Fekkai COIFF Shape & Set Mist.

Femme Fatale
Thirty minutes after DVF, I'm meeting Dick Page for my Narciso Rodriguez makeup. So in the backseat of my cab, I snap a mental picture of my cobalt-rimmed eyes before taking it all off with the pads and remover I've packed in my purse. Red light, dab eyes. Green light, wipe face. By the time I pull up to the converted gym in Chelsea that Rodriguez is showing in, my face is bare, just in time for Page to apply foundation. Wow, I never thought my skin could look so clear, especially considering all the abuse this week.

Inspired by Japanese indigo dyes and the way they fade like watercolors, Page layers black and navy on my lashline, diffusing the colors with a fluffy brush. He uses the same painterly technique on my lips, applying a wine lipstick in the center and blending outward so "the edge disappears like it's out of focus." Page lets me in on a secret: While he was making lunch today for his team, his assistant was in the kitchen, too, cooking up the perfect wine hue.

MC RECOMMENDS: Vincent Longo Gel-X Lipstick in Moment; Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation in Natural Light; Laura Mercier Liquid Eye Liner in Cobalt.

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