Backstage Report: Carlos Miele
The Inspiration: "I've done the last few seasons with Carlos and since he's Brazilian, he wants a lot of natural beauty. We wanted to do a woman who looked like she just got out of the water and threw on an expensive dress," said Redken hairstylist Rodney Cutler, working on behalf of Ulta. "The clothes are spectacularglam but modern. When doing hair, we really had to just get out of the way."
Hair: After blowing out hair and flat-ironing, Cutler mixed one part gel with one part silicone-based shine oil. "On its own, gel would be too sticky and flaky. We're making a little cocktail and get some shimmer from the oil." Cutler, who did a similar look on Emma Watson for the premiere of the last Harry Potter flick, said it's key to brush the gel-mix on layer by layer (he did about 10!). "It's one thing to look good now, but the girls have to look good when they hit the runway in an hour or so," he said, explaining how the technique avoids bubbling up.
Makeup: Maybelline makeup artist Gato Zamora wanted to show "the beauty of a woman who looks sophisticated for the night." After applying foundation with a small brush for extra detail, he dusted bronzer on the hollow under the cheekbones and on both sides of the forehead down to the temple. The eyes got a mixture of two chocolate shadows, and a dash of white powder on the inner part of the lid. "Blend both shades with a brush for a seamless look."
RB's Insider Tip: Cutler used a skinny brush with rough bristles that came to a pointand we've never seen one for sale in any drugstore. He suggested picking up a cheap toothbrush to do the technique at home. "It's great for taming fly-aways!," he enthused. The small head won't dig into the roots of the hair, important when smoothing frizzies.
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