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NYFW Backstage Beauty: Gucci Westman for Mansur Gavriel Featuring SK-II Skin Care

NYFW Backstage Beauty: Gucci Westman for Mansur Gavriel Featuring SK-II Skin Care

Backstage at the Mansur Gavriel February 2018 show in New York, Makeup Artist Gucci Westman prepped models’ skin with luxury skincare brand SK-II, including her all-time-favorite, the iconic Facial Treatment Essence #MiracleWater.

This season, Gucci took inspiration from a 60’s photo of Candice Bergen that Mansur Gavriel’s Floriana Gavriel and Rachel Mansur liked, and created a more current version of the beauty look after seeing the collection. “The collection is so chic, yet understated,” Gucci said. “Beautiful silhouettes and very wearable pieces.”

And since Floriana and Rachel prefer makeup that is there, but not noticeable, Gucci created a beauty look to match the collection. “They are very minimal when it comes to makeup and foundation, they really just want to see beautiful skin,” Gucci stated. “The look I created was all about prepping the skin and minimal makeup. You look sort of enhanced… a better version of yourself.”


To prep models’ skin, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence was poured onto a cotton pad and gently massaged into the skin to instantly refresh and moisturize skin. The brand’s signature product is formulated with over 90% pure PiteraTM, which promotes the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process, balances the moisture barrier for overall hydration and elasticity, and instantly refreshes skin for an even, radiant complexion. Skin absorbs the Essence almost on contact, making it the perfect product prior to make-up application.

“I started with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence because I wanted to give the skin a luminous finish without using highlighter,” stated Gucci. “I didn’t want it to feel cosmetic, and the essence is truly a miracle water that really offers instant hydration for the skin.”



Next, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask was placed over the eye area and spread to the rest of the face for 5-10 minutes to ensure maximum delivery of Pitera to the skin. This 100 percent cotton mask drenches the skin with Pitera’s fusion of vitamin, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids, while working to revitalize, comfort, and provide intense hydration. And because the mask bonds nicely to the skin, models were able to move from hair to makeup which is convenience for backstage-use. As each Mask delivers the equivalent of about 10 applications of the signature Essence, it immediately replenishes dehydrated skin, leaving a refreshed and runway-ready base.

To finish the skin, Gucci used concealer only where absolutely necessary and a tiny bit of blush to add some warmth to the cheeks.

Gucci updated Candice Bergen’s 60’s look by creating a greyish peach color for the light shadow on the top lid. “I used a matte grey and a matte peach, which comes across as a lighter tone,” Gucci shared. “You can’t really define the color.” Next, she rimmed the top lid with a really thin black line that just hugged the lashes, which were lightly coated with black mascara. Then a tiny bit of brown liner rimmed the bottom lashes and a few freckles were added. Gucci finished the look by enhancing some of the girls’ lips, adding a lip-liner to match their own color.

“This look is nice because it’s how real girls look,” Gucci gushed. “We’re showcasing each girls’ natural beauty and their own individual style. It’s making the girls look like they’re friends with each other but not the same clone.”

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