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Standing backstage, fresh from hair and makeup, Donna Karan said her spring collection is about “liquid accents and rippling effects” that reflect and celebrate nature.

“Women are more free, but they have strength,” the designer said of the collection. It’s about finding the light, as opposed to darkness, she added, noting that’s precisely why she choose all blonde models for the show.

Karan’s emphasis on light was reflected in the polished faces created by Charlotte Tilbury for MAC Cosmetics. “We wanted the girls to look incredibly beautiful, like Lauren Hutton in ‘American Gigolo.’ It’s that really groomed, all-American look, but more pumped up,” said Tilbury.

Using a beige-to-natural palette, Tilbury brushed gold and silver hues (which looked almost wet) on eyelids, and accentuated eyes with individually placed false eyelashes, and a chocolate brown eye shadow worked into the socket of the lid. She made the eyes appear larger with a dusting of white gold shadow in the corners. Skin was “seamless” with base and bronzer. On the mouth, she applied a soft caramel lipstick with clear gloss on top. “It’s Lauren Hutton meets supermodel,” she declared.

For hair, Eugene Souleiman, also played up the polished Lauren Hutton look. Souleiman and his crew freshly shampooed each model’s hair, smoothly blow-drying and adding extensions for a touch of volume. He then curled sections of the hair using a large barreled curling iron, and pinned each curl in place until just before showtime, when pins were removed and hair brushed out.

“It’s expensive, natural and well-maintained,” Souleiman said of the style. The smoothness and fluidness of the hair reflects the satin of the collection, he added. “I’m loving this. It’s great to make a girl feel sexy.”

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<p>Donna Karan RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Thomas Iannaccone

<p>Donna Karan RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Thomas Iannaccone

<p>Donna Karan RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Thomas Iannaccone

<p>Donna Karan RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: George Chinsee

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