Backstage at Herve Leger Fall 2014
Leave it to Herve Leger to make leather, fur, and blue extensions sophisticated and sexy. In the intensity of Lincoln’s Center’s Theatre, Key Artist Val Garland led the TEMPTU team in creating a technology-based look with “sci-fi” eyes and healthy, porcelain-like skin. “We wanted immaculate, pore-less skin, and the only way to get it was through TEMPTU,” said Lubov Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIA Chief Creative Officer. In an exclusive interview, Garland elaborates on the creative process with the designer, and how they achieved Fall 2014′s hottest look.
1. How would you describe your approach to makeup?
I’m very spontaneous. I love a happy accident. I’m fearless.
2. What is your perception of an airbrushed makeup look?
It should look flawless. You shouldn’t be aware the makeup is there. The skin looks perfect. We achieved that with TEMPTU airbrushing system.
3. What is your inspiration for this season’s collection?
It’s all about a futuristic woman. It’s sort of a like an aerodynamic diagonal highlighter. It’s about this fast and furious eyeliner. When I spoke to Lubov, we were talking about a woman inside a digital game. It was very sort of otherworldly, a little bit alien, a little bit robotic. The word “digital” kept coming up. I wanted the makeup to be futuristic.
4. What do you think really sets you apart?
I’m not afraid to take a risk. I don’t care if people like my makeup or not. I like to make a difference.
5. What’s your secret to staying clam in in the chaos?
A nice cup of tea sorts me out. If you’ve got a problem, take a breath and have a cup of tea.
6. What has collaborating with designers taught you?
It’s not about me. It’s not about the makeup. It’s about discovering the woman who is the designer’s woman. It’s all about teamwork. We’re in this together to get the job done.
7. What trends are you seeing for spring makeup?
I’m seeing metallic sheens. I’m seeing liner, lots and lots of liner. I’m seeing quite strong graphic statements but it’s still the early days.
8. What advice would you give someone starting out in the beauty and fashion industry?
Know your market. Know where you want to go. Research, research, research. Put yourself up for everything. Try to assistant everyone. What’s the worst they could say? No? You’re more fearless than that. Go out and get it.