The Paradox of Tom Pecheux's Balmain Make Up: nude for Spring '11 and Fall '11


NUDE FOR SS11: Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) exits the SS11 Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week in October with hardly a hint of make up.


NUDE FOR FW11: Arizona Muse (USA) exits the FW11 show at Paris Fashion Week with hardly a hint of make up


HOW SHE WORE IT: Isabeli Fontana (Brazil)


HOW SHE WORE IT: Arizona Muse (USA)

The make up genius behind Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Derek Lam, Altuzarra, the Victoria's Secret show, and the SS11 Estée Lauder campaign is Tom Pecheux. He is needless to say, another World Thought Leader when it comes to make up. What I found interesting is how Tom chose a virtually nude make up aesthetic for both the SS11 and FW11 Balmain shows. When you think Balmain, you think Rock and Roll Edge. I know I would assume that Rock and Roll edge would be filled with a Debbie Harry like character -- with a stark black palette of mascara and strong eye shadow.

But, in both seasons, Tom Pecheux preserved the models original beauty. It's what British Vogue called, "a nude face becomes an aesthetic of its own this season, pointing to a woman that is completely at home in her own skin." American Vogue quoted Pecheux for the SS11 show "It's about what you don't see" and for the FW 11 show "...we want the girls to look like themselves".

Ultimately, this creates more booking value for the model too, since it makes their face more recognizable and memorable to key editors, photographers, and stylists--unlike other directional shows where the girl hides behind a mask or looks like a clown.

Something to think about next time you don your Balmain.

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23 comments :

*sunday* said...

Arizona Muse is definitely the bomb right now... she is gorgeous and she is everywhere

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LENA said...

Nice post! :)

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liza said...

I love Isabeli's pants, they're very cool. Arizona is everywhere at the moment, she's gorgeous!

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PiruletadeGato said...

I like nude make up and the models shine much more!

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dolceedamara said...

It is really nude, one can hardly spot it! :)
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antique engagement rings said...

I also love the pants very cool!

'S' said...

arizona's jacket is sooo cool!!!and isabeli is so sexy and beautiful, but those pants...not my thing!

Moda de Colores said...

beatiful Isabeli, but I don´t like her pants!

koast to koast said...

These two ladies are the FOXIEST!!

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Steph said...

Love the post :D

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altamira: models off duty said...

@Lena--thanks!

@PiruletadeGato--glad you liked the topic

@dolceedamara--right, when I first read about the make up palette, I was like, really? Nude? Then I saw all the pics and was like, "totally!"

@Steph--thanks :)

Kimberly said...

love them both so stunning!

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lucille said...

like arizona...nice post!
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Anonymous said...

Love both outfits, but I especially love Isabeli's pants!

I V Y said...

wow, look at isabeli <3


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love the outerwears

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Manon said...

Arizona Muse + Isabeli Fontana : wonderful girls !! Anyway I didn't like Isbeli's pants, how weird !!

Evan said...

amazing

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milano said...

Fabulous. Glamour's look Wow! I like all outfits these are beautiful. Nice jacket, pents & shoes. Look amazing and gives sufficient. Good photograph beautiful location. Thanks for sharing.

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