New York Fashion Week Coverage 2010
The 20th century Cubism movement inspired Christian Cota's Fall/Winter 2010 look. Backstage, however, the word of the day in hair and makeup was "cohesiveness." Omar Lopez, Sultra's Artistic Director, led the creative team to come up with a look that meshed beautifully with Cota's color story of hand-painted fabrics and prints on the runway. For Lopez, ombre died wigs were the focal point of the collection's aesthetic in terms of beauty, as they created a uniform look between all the models. Having prepped the wigs for seven days prior to the show, Lopez tells us, "This is the most work I've ever done for a show, but it has also been the most fun!"
Meanwhile, makeup artist Hung Vanngo, for M.A.C. Cosmetics went with a natural, back to basics look for the face -- his star player was M.A.C.'s Purple Dash Technakohl Eyeliner. Vanngo explains that the liner is meant to be very soft, so as to almost create a shadow effect from afar. Here are some simple tips to help you recreate the Christian Cota hair and makeup look at home.
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1. Before applying foundation, prime skin with M.A.C.'s Prep + Prime lotion, $25, at maccosmetics.com. The primer will help remove excess oils and even out redness on the skin.
2. Create a natural-looking finish with M.A.C.'s Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, $29.50, at maccosmetics.com.
3. To create a shadow effect with the eyeliner, use M.A.C.'s Purple Dash Technakohl Liner, $14.50, at maccosmetics.com. Pull the top lids upward as you apply the liner, creating a thick, soft, line, with square shaped edges. Vanngo says that a soft line allows you to make more unnoticeable mistakes.
4. To create a long, curled lash, apply M.A.C.'s Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack, $13, at maccosmetics.com.
5. For cheeks, Vanngo suggests applying a creme blush, like M.A.C. Crème Color Base in Rich Coral, $16.50, at maccosmetics.com. Use your fingers to apply, which gives the face a more natural flush.
6. Finish off the look with M.A.C.'s original Lipstick in Myth, $14, at maccosmetics.com.
Since gray hair is all the rage this season (just look at Tavi), try the trend without making a permanent commitment by testing out an ombre wig like the ones Lopez used on Cota's runway. To prepare the wig, first color the bottom with either a grayish-blue or a copper-red (the choice is yours). Lopez then used Sultra's Sophisticate Power Dryer, $280, to dry the wigs. Finally, he went over the wigs with Sultra's Seductress styling iron, $230, flicking some pieces of hair up and some pieces down. If you're not daring enough to try the ombre look, however, you can still follow these simple steps to create a similar look -- sans the color.
1. Next time you're at the hairdresser, ask your stylist to give you a bob, shattering the ends so that they're not in a traditional round shape.
2. Using The Sophisticate blow dryer, flip hair upside down, brushing with a flat paddle brush so that it's completely straight.
3. Finally, flat iron the hair, but alternate sections, straightening some pieces and leaving some with a bit more volume.
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