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Mongolian Warrior Princess Hair And Makeup At Catherine Malandrino Fall 2010

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Both the hair and makeup at Catherine Malandrino’s Fall 2010 presentation were inspired by the idea of a Mongolian woman with a tough, warrior-like attitude, the spirit that the designer herself infused into her collection with the usage of interesting fabrics and textures like Mongolian fur, leather and suede fringe, and animal print silks. Led by Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics, the makeup team created a powerful look by applying dark eye liner both under the lower lash line and above the eyebrow and making these lines sweep all the way to the hairline for a bit of a tribal flavor.

To create the look, the team used MAC Sculpting Powders underneath the cheekbone to create a contour and applied MAC Pro Set Powder in Porcelain right on the cheekbone, adding a pink blush shade (the shades used differed depending on each model’s skin tone, but they all had a rosy tone). Cheeks, then, were contoured to appear rather round. On the eyes, they applied two new shades (which will debut in the fall) to the eyelids — the first was a bronze color with gray undertones, while the second was a cobalt hue with a greenish tint. The most important component, of course, was the MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder. Brows, meanwhile, were darkened using a combination of powders and contoured so as to straighten any existing arches. On the lips, they used a new sheer taupe lipstick which will also debut in the fall (if you scroll down, to the fifth picture below, you’ll find a swatch of the shade courtesy of Tiffany from MAC, who was a complete doll and hooked us up with the scoop on all these shades).

Now, let’s move on to hair. Acclaimed hairstylist Odile Gilbert worked with the Phyto hair team to create one of the boldest, most audacious looks we saw during all of New York Fashion Week. To give the hair a messy, bushy, matte texture, Gilbert ant the Phyto team applied  Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray and Phyto Professional Intense Volume Mousse to the hair, blowdrying it using fingers as opposed to brushes or combs. They then applied Phyto Professional Fiber Paste and pulled the hair into a high ponytail right on top of the head, again without brushing or using any tools that would make the hair look too precise or overdone. Once the hair was tied with an elastic into this high ponytail, the team then focused on creating that mussy, tangled, bird’s nest-y look while maintaining the ‘dos towering height. The ends of the hair were woven into braid-like strands along the base of the pony, which reminded me of the shaft of a tribal warrior spear. To finish the look, the stylists sprayed Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray to give it real staying power.

Check out the photos below and don’t miss this video interview with Odile Gilbert and this second interview with Tom Pecheux to hear them describe the looks in their very own words.

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