Inspired by growing up in Los Angeles in the Eighties, the Rodarte sisters wanted James Kaliardos to re-create the “real L.A.” Kaliardos, working with Nars Cosmetics, focused on the eyes by using Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto and Eye Paint in Black Valley to keep it precise and emphasize the outer corners.
“It’s this idea of a wild L.A. girl,” said Kaliardos. For an animal-like effect, he brushed up the brows with Oural Brow Gel and coated the lashes with Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. For the skin, he used Radiant Cream Foundation and highlighted the cheekbones with one swipe of Matte Multiple in Altai and a swipe of Anguilla. Then, he rubbed them together with his fingers to add contour.
Using Radiant Creamy Concealer, he applied it under the eye using one shade lighter than the models’ skin tone. “It really lifts and opens up the eye,” he said. “It’s kind of like she wears too much concealer.” Lips were topped with Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park and Floralies. “It’s the real L.A.,” said Kaliardos. “Not the red-carpet L.A.”
A nod to the Eighties, Odile Gilbert, working with John Frieda, created a wavy bouffant and swung the rest around into a low pony.
To start, Gilbert added Frizz-Ease Hair Serum to wet hair. After hair was blown dry she coated it with Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse and used a large barrel curling iron to create body in the front section. Then, Gilbert fashioned a deep side part to reveal a tweed texture in a zebra or jaguar painted stamp and pinned it to the back. Taking the remaining sections of hair from both sides she brought them together and pinned them to make a twisted effect. To finish, Gilbert used a liberal amount of Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray to help seal any loose strands.
“It’s a glamorous touch,” said Gilbert. “We [the designers and Gilbert] worked together. When you work with a designer, it’s always an exchange. I can’t design the clothes and they can’t design the hair.”
Working with Rodarte for its second season, Sally Hansen collaborated with the brand to create two colors for the collection. To coincide with the color palette, Sally Hansen fashioned a terra-cotta shade called Clay and a red-brown hue called Cinnamon. Lead manicurist Tracylee used both in tandem with a sponge to create a tortoise like texture. Both shades will be available March.