Pretty with a distinct edge — and a large dollop of inspiration and input from Gwen Stefani — was the order of the day for beauty at L.A.M.B. on Thursday afternoon.
“We were looking to bring out the inner tomboy with this look,” said lead hairstylist Danilo of the updated pompadour style he created. “Gwen can be superglam or the toughest girl on the block. The fabrics for the show were flowing and feminine, so we wanted to play off of that with an edge.”
Using Pantene products, he started by adding root volumizing spray where necessary, then added antifrizz cream and dry shampoo to create texture. Sides were slicked down and tied back, then pinned and folded from the back of the head forward for a pompadour, which reached full volume over the forehead.
Donald Simrock, working for MAC Cosmetics at the show, aimed for pretty with an edge. “Gwen has been very hands-on — she gets into every aspect of the look and is very approachable,” said Simrock, who began by using electric fluorescent eye pencils — electric blue, red, yellow — tied to the color of the model’s outfit, finishing with a white pencil inside the eyelash line for “a finished, refined” look. Brows were strongly emphasized with pencils, while lips were finished with a classic nude mixed with black. A suggestion of taupe blush was added to the tops of the cheekbones. “It doesn’t read as blush, just as a subliminal finishing touch,” said Simrock. “It’s strong and playful — just like Gwen.”