By  on September 10, 2013

“The inspiration about the woman is that she is an international and powerful warrior woman,” said lead hair stylist Akemi Tamaribuchi for Kérastase. “She’s superconfident. She’s wearing a classic but reinvented shape that says she carries her strength and her presence with her shape.”

To create the look, Tamaribuchi first created a strong center part to emphasize the image of a balanced woman. Kérastase’s Mousse Volumifique was applied from roots to ends generously on slightly damp hair and then blow-dried, which gave it a starchy, gauzy quality. Layered on top of that was Powder Bluff dry shampoo for grip and a “spongy” quality.

“Roots-to-end we wanted it fairly matte,” said Tamaribuchi. “Then we gather everything, pulling forward on the front hairline, and [pull] it in to a very low ponytail that sits on top of the neck. This creates a very strong hairline.” Keeping the hair covering the ears, Tamaribuchi then removed a small strand from the ponytail and backcombed it. The wrap was then expanded to create a cuff surrounding the ponytail. “Then we use the Powder Bluff directionally and we use the velocity of the spray to pick up the fine baby hair, said Tamaribuchi. “Lending to the internationally bold woman, there are very small really rough gauzy black wisps that come out underneath. I think it’ll be a very fun look.”

Makeup, done by said lead Butter makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, was described as “edgy but pretty, as a colorful collage,” she said. “To create the look I used a lot of Union Jack Black [eye pencil] heavily underneath the eye.” Union Jack Black Mascara was then applied to the lashes and just a little bit of eye gloss was added to the eyelids.

The skin was kept nearly untouched. “We wanted this to look very simple and pretty,” said Hughes. “A tiny little bit of Honey Pie Cream blush on the cheek.” Lips featured nude shade, Toasted Marshmallow, along the edges, to which Hughes added a warmer red color Black Cherry towards the center, with her fingers. “It’s like she’s been sucking on a lollipop,” said Hughes. Also the lead manicurist, Hughes and ten other professionals spent six hours making almost 300 nails for the show. “They are a massive collage of holographic foil, pom-poms and other little bits, and over the top on the polish Union Jack Black. There is a big theme of Union Jack Black going through the whole look with a little color showing up in places,” said Hughes. “Overall, we really just wanted everything edgy, but pretty.”

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