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“Blondie” Hair And Makeup At Phillip Lim 3.1 Show

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Pulling off a rock-n-roll look doesn’t have to involve tangled, unwashed, grunge-y hair and streaked jet black eyeliner and mascara. After all, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry often sported sexy, slightly tousled hair, rosy cheeks and creamy pink lipstick, adding tiny details that toughened up her look and made her a punk rock icon. It was this idea of Blondie as the quintessential confident, disco-meets-punk girl that guided the hair and makeup looks created for the Phillip Lim 3.1 Fall 2010 runway show.

Odile Gilbert led the Phyto team in creating the fluffy, aerodynamic hair, with its center part, wispy strands, and ’70s-era vibe, which fused together the late Farrah Fawcett‘s signature look with the more disheveled feel of Debbie Harry’s mane on the cover art of Blondie’s “Hanging On the Telephone” single. To create the look, the Phyto team started by applying Phyto Professional Intense Volume Mousse to tresses, then curled hair with a curling iron, running their fingers through the models’ hair so as to rough up the texture. Next, they sprayed Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray and blow dried the hair in order to heat-activate the product, which helps to add volume and texture. Hair was given a soft center part, with bangs flipped to the sides and curls brushed to give them an airy fluffiness, then sprayed with Phytolaque Soie hair spray. Next, they sprayed the entire head with Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray, and asked models to turn their down and flip their hair over for a slightly messy, voluminous effect. As a total side note, I loved how the Phyto team had its own music playing (hip-hop, of course!) to keep them amped up as they worked along (and special shout-out to Joseph who showed Sicka Than Average mad love).

But let’s get back to the beauty talk.

Makeup artist Lisa Butler, who led the NARS Cosmetics team backstage, described the makeup as a “pretty in pink” look with a punk-y edge. On the face, the makeup team utilized the NARS Multiple in Riviera, a sheer pink hue, on the cheeks, as well as the Blush in Douceur (a new shade hitting shelves in the fall), and the NARS Multiple in Luxor, a sparkling light pink shade, in a “C” shape so as to frame the area right between the hairline and the outer corner of the eyes. On the eyes, Butler and the NARS team swept the Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow, a peach-y beige shade, all over the eye, then applied the Nymphea Single Eyeshadow, a shimmery baby pink, along the lid, finishing the look by applying the taupe-ish Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow along the outer corners of the eyes for contour (the shade debuts in the fall, so Butler suggests trying the Bali Single Eyeshadow to recreate the look). For a final touch, they lined the lower lash line with the London Eyeliner Pencil, a moody gray shade, a detail that adds a slightly grunge-y, rock-and-roll twist. Lips, meanwhile, were made youthful and pretty with Bangkok Pure Matte Lipstick (another Fall 2010 debut), a pink shade that evokes a sense of innocence but has enough of a mauve-ish tint to escape the bubblegum-ish, teenybopper range.

Nail artist Angie Wingle worked with CND Nails to create the creamy peach shade seen on the models’ nails. To create the look, Wingle used CND’s Creamy Cameo. Since many of the models wore peep-toe shoes and boots on the runway, Wingle used the same shade on the toes but added a twist by creating a French Pedicure using Gold Chrome (I’m dying to recreate the pedicure look, I might add!).

Check out the photos of the makeup and hair team at work, and don’t miss our video interview with Lisa Butler (who was kind enough to spare a few minutes from the backstage chaos to speak on the inspiration behind the look) and our interview with Angie Wingle, in which she shows us the gorgeous nail polishes used for the show.

PHYTO HAIR TEAM AT WORK:

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NARS MAKEUP ARTISTS CREATING THE LOOK:

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CND NAILS ON THE SCENE:

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