By  on September 10, 2009

Strong hair and makeup emerged at Monique Lhuillier’s spring presentation Thursday to compliment the designer’s bold safari-inspired collection.

“Her overall inspiration comes from this Maasai warrior, safari feeling,” said MAC Cosmetics makeup artist Nadine Luke. “The collection has a lot of color, a lot of character and a lot of personality, so we wanted the makeup to speak the same volume.”

To do this, Luke went for a dramatic eye using earthy brown tones accented with gold. She washed two different soft sheer eye pencils — MAC’s Molasses Pearlglide liner and Smolder Eye Kohl Pencil — over the eye, before applying the brand’s Club Eye Shadow over it to create depth and intensity. “It’s really strong towards the inside and then it fans and blends up,” said Luke.

The rest of the face remained neutral with nothing more than a natural toned blush called Peaches and a dusting of MAC’s mineral powder on the skin. Luke also kept lips natural, applying a lip conditioner and working with the girls’ own lip shades.

For his first time working with Lhuillier, hairstylist Laurent Philippon wanted to bring something different and fresh.

“The overall look is a very powerful woman — a young woman who knows what she wants,” said Philippon, who was working on behalf of Bumble and bumble. “It’s a bit of a rock ’n’ roll vibe.”

Extensions were added to the hair to achieve a long, sleek ponytail, which was crimped on top to contrast sleek sides that were slicked back with Bumble’s Spray de Mode styling spray. Hair on top of the head was also crimped to highlight the sheen on the sides.

Said Philippon: “I wanted it to be very sophisticated but very fresh.”

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