Backstage Report: Preen
The Inspiration: While sometimes a runway model's hair and makeup seems like it belongs on a completely different body (greasy manes and ballgownssheesh!), the youthful, retro beauty style at Preen perfectly meshed with the bright, geometric prints. Paul Hanlon for Aveda says the locks were done as "a nod to the '40s, but more compact" and Val Garland for Mac Cosmetics describes the makeup as "fresh and healthy."
Hair: "There is almost an element of Geisha to go with Preen's Japanese garden patterns," says Hanlon of the asymmetrical twisted-back 'dos. "Try it at home by dividing hair into two ponytails, rolling them in [around the edge of your hairline] and pulling loose strands into a low bun. Stick with your natural texture to soften the stylewhich looks graceful, Parisian and Audrey Hepburn-like."
Makeup: To execute what she calls a "Russia flush", Garland, applies a creamy apricot hue on the cheeks, swirling it out towards the ears. In the dead center of the color, she added a pop of mango cream blush to create a two-tone effect. "I think a fluffy brush is the best tool to use," she notes. "It's fast and gets the job done."
RB's Insider Tip: According to Garland it's easy for girls on the go to get the hot-for-spring dewy complexion. "Simply start with a matte base and add iridescent highlighter or [regular] moisturizer to your cheekbones," she says. "It will give you a glow."
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