Backstage Report: Cynthia Rowley
The Inspiration: Picture yourself after an intense spinning class: Your skin has a dewy flush, and once you remove your sweatband and ponytail holder, you're left with a smoothed-back crown and full, textured mane. It's hard to determine if you look radiant or rumpled. Now imagine that someone super stylish told you that perspiration-chic is totally in for spring 2012. Rejoicing? Mortified? Love it or hate it, at the Cynthia Rowley show athletic beauty ruled the runways.
Makeup: "Cynthia wants the girls to look sporty, but not too pretty," explains Lottie for Make Up For Ever. "To make them appear strong and masculine, I am creating a shadow under the brow." By sweeping her eye shadow brush from the crease up into the eyebrows (leaving lids bare), the arches became heavier. She creates a faux sweat look by combing Make Up For Ever Sweat Effect Gel with water and patting it into the models' skin. Hear that Lazy Girls? You can fake a sweat!
Hair: By prepping locks with Amika 2-in-1 Styling and Volumizing Spray, Shon for Amika sets out to make the models seem "cool and confident with three-day-old hair." He switches back and forth between two different sized clip-free curling irons, wrapping hair under and over, so the coils appeared to be random. After, Shon runs his fingers through the models' tresses with a curl-defining cream. The 'do is topped off with a shine spray to hydrate the body.
RB's Insider Tip: Add a dose of polished prep to the style by pairing it with a bright shift dress or tailored shorts and chunky-heeled sandals.
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