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From Braided Mohawks To Smoky Green Eyes –The Six Hair & Makeup Looks At The Argentina Designers Group Show Spring 2011

Pablo Rodriguez for MAC Pro Team backstage:

  Laura Valenzuela look:



Evangelina Bomparola look:


Marcelo Senra look:


Earlier this week, I raved about the Argentina Designers Group Show, which featured six designers —La Dolfina, Laura Valenzuela, Evangelina Bomparola, Marcelo Senra, Maria Pryor and Ramírez — all of whom presented widely divergent collections that, together, formed an enticing mosaic of Argentine culture. As one of the more conceptual runway shows of the Spring 2011 season, the Argentina Group Show relied heavily on the hair and makeup looks to complete the effect desired by each participating designer. Before the show, we had the opportunity to venture backstage and speak with Pablo Rodriguez, the key makeup artist for MAC Pro and the mastermind behind all six makeup looks, and Jon Reyman, the lead hair stylist for Aveda, who designed all the rather intricate hair looks.

Our favorite makeup look, created for Evangelina Bomparola, was inspired by ’80s glamour (think of Roxy Music’s Country Life album cover), with dark black and green eye shadows applied to look like horizontal teardrop, the colors sweep over the eye in a rounded arch but then culminating in an upward point beyond the outer corners of the eyes. To get the look, the MAC Pro team applied MAC Greensmoke Eye Shadow, a metallic olive green shade, along the center of lids, and then swept an asphalt black shade along the inner and outer corners, so that the metallic green was wedged in between these smoky black blocks of color. To rejuvenate the look, cheeks were given a dewy peachy color and lips were simply moisturized and left color-less.

One of the more conceptual looks created was designed for Maria Pryor’s all-white collection. To make models look angelic and ethereal, the MACs artist paled their complexions using MAC Strobe Liquid all over their faces and coating brows with the MAC Select Cover-Up concealer to mute them a bit. No eye makeup was applied, save for a hint of MAC Pro Lash mascara at the roots of lashes. To soften the look, MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush was applied to the apples of cheeks and MAC Lady Bug Lipstick, a tomato red shade, was applied to the center of their pouts and then blotted to resemble a stain.

But it was the hair look that really tied the entire Maria Pryor look together. Tresses were crimped to give hair a rough texture and gathered into a thick, clumpy, matte fishbraid. For the final touch, white hairspray was spritzed along their heads and all along their foreheads.

Another look where hair and makeup really harmonized was the one created for Marcelo Senra. In keeping with the tribal feel of his clothing, Pablo Rodriguez chose a simple makeup look consisting of fresh skin and a strip of yellow color underneath the eyes for a warrior paint-like feel. To get the look, the MAC team used Face and Body Foundation on skin, applying it with their fingers, and then set the look with Prep + Prome Transparent Finishing Powder. To create the dramatic strips of vivid yellow color underneath eyes, makeup artists used the MAC Paint Stick in Primary Yellow and then brushed MAC Chrome Yellow Eye Shadow over it. To complete the look, MAC Studio Fix Lash in Black Fix was brushed on lashes.

Since the makeup was strong but simple, the hair for the Marcelo Senra look was daringly complex. Hair extensions were used to give models faux braided mohawks, giving the whole look a Mohican chic vibe.

For more details on the looks created, check out the video of Pablo Rodriguez above and don’t miss the photos after the jump!

Here are some photos of the Marcelo Senra look coming together backstage:






MAC artists create the soft, brown smoky eyes for Laura Valenzuela:




White shadow and powder is key for the Maria Pryor look, as is the crimped, textured fishbraid:





’80s glamour inspires the Evangelina Bomparola look:





Here’s more backstage photos:



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