By  on March 8, 2009

Beauty was all about striking red lips and African braids at the Christian Lacroix show on Sunday. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave models a high chignon crisscrossed with thin plaits. “The profile is instantly recognizable as Lacroix,” she said. “But because the shows are all about adding a modern take, we gave the look an African twist.”

The complex style started with a blow dry. Then tiny braids were spaced approximately three inches apart around the whole hairline. Gilbert used a sausage-shaped piece of netting wrapped with fake hair matched to the model's own and folded back on itself to create the chignon. Once pinned high on the crown, the braids were wrapped around the hairpiece to finish the look. The only product used was a blast of hairspray.

Makeup focused on red lips and strong brows. Stéphane Marais, working mostly with his discontinued brand, used a true red tone to create a look that was “couture, but not old-fashioned.” Lips were carefully filled, but not lined. Eyes were given a slick of a silver-taupe shadow with a dewy finish, but went mascara-free. Topping off the style were firm, shaped brows thickened with brown liquid pen, which Marais used to draw extra hairs.

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