Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Girly Beauty 2.0 at Lela Rose
We're always tempted to stock up during the ridiculously alluring end-of-season sales, but we have to stop and ask, "Will this [insert summer trend here] still be in next year?" The "hot" or "not" rating in beauty is more subtle, with the exception of boys with rat ponytails and terracotta tanning bed skin. But much to our relief, three of our favorite spring/summer beauty looks return to the charts for 2011 (with small revisions), as seen backstage at Lela Rose.
A Vibrant Pout
Stila Pro Artist for Beauty.com Sarah Lucero was working Stila Long Wear Lipcolor in Outrageous (a deep orange) onto model's lips. She gave it an ultra-matte finish by dusting powder on top, which set the color and gave the lip a velvet effect. We recommend trying this technique during the holiday season, especially if you want to experiment with shimmery makeup as a shiny pout and sparkly eye makeup may feel like a dazzling case of overkill.
For the rest of the face, Lucero kept the eyes simple and neutral, another rule when sporting a super-bright lip. Watch the how-to with Lucero here:
A Very Messy Side Braid
Hair God Ted Gibson created this disheveled style, inspired by Rose's trip to Peru and the havoc that the humidity wreaked on one's hair. Starting with dry hair, he applied a bit of Fix It gel to the mass and ran a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment through it, creating frizzy-looking volume. (And to think of all the women who run to the salons for Keratin treatments to smooth our their unruly strands! Watch the rundown of the technique with one of the Ted Gibson stylists here:
Next, he pulled it into a loose side braid, pulled out pieces along the tail and fiddled with the ends until they were splayed out in all directions. His creation sums up to be the perfect bedhead braid, which looks effortless but takes some time to get the messy part right. Sounds contradictory, we know, but nonetheless worth it.
Gibson shows you how to mess up your side-braid here:
The Magnificently Flattering Manicure
On nails, Hollywood manicurist Deborah Lippmann was using P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), a sheer, coral shade. We were obsessed with tropical hues this past spring, so we're really excited that we'll get another season out of our previously purchased polishes. Colors of this type are really easy to wear, as they blend in against most skin tones so chips and nicks aren't as noticeable.
Be sure to check out the Reel Beauty blog the rest of the week for more tips, videos, and glimpses backstage!