How To Get The Neon Demon Beauty Look

How To Get The Neon Demon Beauty Look

The hair and makeup artists behind our V102 cover story dish on the beauty behind the madness

The hair and makeup artists behind our V102 cover story dish on the beauty behind the madness

Photography: Steven Klein

Styling: Patti Wilson

Text: Jillian Selzer

For V102, our Fall Preview Issue, we step into the edgy and glamorous world of The Neon Demon featuring Elle Fanning, Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee as our cover stars. The movie, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), tells the story of Jesse (Fanning), a unique beauty with a magnetic aura. When Jesse is thrown into the beauty-obsessed realm of the Los Angeles modeling world, her career and well-being are endangered as vanity and jealousy take over her life.

Our cover girls are visions in themselves, but what stands out about the movie itself is the dramatic and harsh aesthetic carried throughout the film. The titular imagery holds true to the visionary cinematography, with intense lighting, psychedelic colors, and sinister undertones balancing out the striking beauty of the cast. The cover looks stay true to the movie's motif of the dangers of vanity while still embracing ethereal beauty as a stark contrast.

"I would describe the aesthetic as decadent. It’s kind of aggressive in a way," says makeup artist Kabuki, who created the beauty looks for the cover shoot using Dior makeup. "Another way I would describe it is 'glamour gone berserk,' just on the edge of whether or not it’s glamorous or scary. When I looked at the pictures, I see it almost like seven deadly sins: a betrayal of vanity, which I think is appropriate. I almost like the way the makeup looks like it’s taking [Elle] over, especially on the solo cover. It focuses on the eyes, which is all about vanity and what people look like."

To model the robust imagery prevalent in the movie, Kabuki credits "going with instinct" as the basis for the intense colors in the shoot. The models were originally painted beige to mirror a uniform skin tone before the beauty team decided to add more color, creating the bronze look shown in the images. For the hair, renowned stylist Garren says he emphasized the intense pompadours atop the girls' heads by anchoring the looks with a high ponytail and pulling the hair forward to intensify the severity of the sides and back.

"I think it was high fashion, high drama and extremes," says Garren of the styles. "I think anything else would have been too pretty and too soft. The whole premise of the movie is they're all challenged against each other. It's kind of like the peak. It's kind of like an advertisement. We treated it like an advertisement for the movie because these girls could be whoever they wanted to be."

High fashion and high drama were certainly the focal points of the shoot. Kabuki and Garren created a picture of the girls drawing in their victim, falling prey to narcissism and egotism with an intense delicacy and grace highlighted by the beauty looks. Read on to shop the looks below.

Makeup: 

Diorshow Waterproof 258 Azure Blue

Diorblush 986 Star Fuchsia

Rouge Dior 844 Trafalgar

Rouge Dior 775 Darling

Rouge Dior 766 Rose Harpers

Hair:

R+Co Outer Space Hairspray

R+Co Vicious Hairspray

R+Co Grid Structural Hold Setting Spray - Coming August 2016

R+Co Chiffon Mousse

R+Co Park Avenue Blowout Balm

V102 hits newsstands on July 14. Click here to pre-order the issue now.

Credits: MAKEUP KABUKI USING DIOR COSMETICS  HAIR GARREN USING R+CO (GARREN NEW YORK)  MANICURE HONEY (EXPOSURE NY)  SET DESIGN ANDREA STANLEY (STREETERS)  PRODUCTION CAROLINE STRIDFELDT AND NATALIE PFISTER (LOLA PRODUCTION)  DIGITAL TECHNICIAN TADAAKI SHIBUYA  PHOTO ASSISTANTS ALEX LOCKETT, MARK LUCKASAVAGE, TIM SHIN, WILLY WARD, ADAM KANINOWSKI  STYLIST ASSISTANT TAYLOR KIM  MAKEUP ASSISTANT YUMI KAIZUKA  HAIR ASSISTANT JERROD ROBERTS  SET DESIGN ASSISTANTS COLIN LYTTON AND DEVIN RUTZ  PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS RACHEL KOBER AND WILLIAM KANNAR  LOCATION ROOT NYC

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