Backstage Beauty at Jimmy D 2010

By Catherine Smith

Models backstage at Jimmy D. Photo / Supplied
Models backstage at Jimmy D. Photo / Supplied

Jimmy D characterises his look as tongue-in-cheek darkness, with plenty of chaos and some goth/punk thrown in with black humour.

So when he and Chris Lorimer styled this morning's show, they were calling on references to cult Eighties vigilante film Ms 45 (I must've missed it), Nineties angst-ridden teens and Norwegian Black Metal album artwork. Guess I had a different Nineties.

But the effect on the faces was spikey, twiggy and slightly roughly hand drawn - "a little under-done and not perfect, like they were doing it themselves," explains M.A.C's Amber D.

To a refined face of Studio Sculpt foundation, she added a touch of sculpting powder in bonebeige to contour under the cheekbones, a touch of brow gloss to texture the eyebrows and Lip Erase to neutralise the lips.

The focus is on the twiggy eyes, a fabulous hand-painted mix of Pro Pansticks in basic red, burgundy and black to produce a blood colour, feathered from socket almost up to the brow and topped with M.A.C gloss texture to make it look wet and move with the light.

Not as gory as it sounds, although the blood theme (thanks, vampire people) continued with the nails.

Luana Coscia led the Fudge hair team with a dark, heavy metal, almost ratty, haven't-washed-for-days-'cos-I-live-in-the-garage-with-the-band finish.

Done quite cleverly with Fudge Hair Gum on the hair from front through to the nape of the neck (dried, it still looks shiny), raked and separated with a fat-toothed-comb to get the effect of fingers.

The bottom half of the hair had softer, slightly dishevelled finish, some salt spray for texturising and a final finish to hold with Membrane Gas.

The clean, neat heads gave a good, clean line for the drapey plays on hoods, collars and flaps that Jimmy D sent down the runway - not so much hard-ass as tenuous, sinewy and, really, quite pretty.

TRY THIS AT HOME: If you have the face structure, hair pulled clean back is crisp, modern and brings the focus to the eyes. Use a hard-core Fudge Hair Gum to keep the look shiny and clean, then play with the bottom half - a ponytail at the nape of the neck or leave it loose. Perhaps save the bloody eyes for special occasions, not the look to rock at the office, perhaps.

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