By  on February 9, 2013

A feat of strength was represented at Prabal Gurung’s show Saturday.

“He wanted the girls to feel very empowered,” said lead makeup artist for MAC, Charlotte Tilbury. “But not in a classic Amazonian way, but more in a modern fresh-faced way.” Prepping the skin with Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion, Tilbury then gelled the eyebrows and brushed them upwards with MAC’s Clear Brow Set. Next, Tilbury mixed Red Statement and Rich New Mood and applied it with her fingertips to the top of the cheek and blended it away from the center for a flushed effect. “It’s that ruddy, healthy glow that would naturally occur when you’re sixteen and you’re kung fu fighting outside,” said Tilbury. “[Gurung] was very much inspired by these women in the Ukraine fighting for women’s liberation.” The eyes were blurred with a deep brown crème to create a natural shadow around the eyes. And lips were topped off with lip conditioner.

Paul Hanlon, working with OSiS by Schwarzkopf Professional, emphasized the importance of texture in this undone hairstyle. “It’s a slightly exaggerated version of when a girl goes for a fitting,” said Hanlon. Hanlon used a bottle of Dust It Mattifying Powder in each girl’s hair, which was pulled back in a messy bun, to give it a weathered appearance. He then finished with Elastic hair spray to catch any strays, while using a blow dryer to smooth them out.

Jin Soon for Sally Hansen created what she called a “skinny V.” Starting with a gold base, she then layered two diagonal shades of army green, leaving a slim triangle filled with gold. “He wanted something powerful,” said Soon, “ so I came up with some simple, elegant nail art.”

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