The beauty look at Betsey Johnson on Sunday was inspired by the “sexy cowgirls” in the 1971 French western “Les Pétroleuses,” or “Petroleum Girls,” which starred Brigitte Bardot, said Thomas Dunkin, the hairstylist who led the Sebastian Professional Stylist Design Team.
The overall look was a voluminous, undone, textured down do separated into pigtails that flowed down models’ shoulders.
“There’s a lot of fullness,” Dunkin said. “It’s a really fun, comfy slept-in-after-a-night-out look.”
Dunkin used an abundance of Sebastian Volupt spray — “It has the ability to put a lot of volume in the hair,” he said — on tresses, which he set in small rollers for about a half-hour. He then shook the hair out, separating it on either side of the head, and used ribbon and leather straps to secure the pigtails.
“There’s nothing precise about it,” Dunkin said. “We didn’t want it to look too perfect.”
The Bardot cowgirl theme made its way into the makeup look, as well. “Blacked-out” eyes were given a “dusty, worn-in vibe” with a heavy application of brown and black eye shadows on the top lid, noted Sarah Lucero, who led the effort backstage for Stila. “The main element is the eye,” she said, describing it as “sexy, black, smoky [and] intense.”
The combination of brown and black gave the eyes “lots of structure,” said Lucero, who also gave the bottom lids a thick coating of black shadow and applied a bit of liner. She acknowledged, “It’s not a perfect eye.” Peepers were also emphasized with thick, false lashes, whose curls were removed with a straight cut. “It resembles porcelain dolls when they blink,” Lucero said.
Lips were kept pale, “almost with a peachiness,” Lucero noted, and the skin had a satin, matte powder finish.