By  on October 16, 2007

Makeup artist Tiffany Johnston defined the look at Elsie Katz Couture as the red carpet in spring.

“There was an element of dressing up, but it had so much playfulness that you could picture this girl running through the field,” she said. Working with MAC Cosmetics, Johnston put vivid pink on models’ cheeks, light taupe on their lips and coppery brown on their inner eyelids.

Keeping the makeup natural was as much about what wasn’t there — mascara — as what was. “If a woman wore it, she wouldn’t feel really done up,” Johnston said of the absence of thickened lashes. “I don’t know if it will translate to the street. Most women, including myself, feel really bald without mascara.”

Hairstylist Tanya Quintero stayed up all night before the show braiding hairpieces to add texture to models’ dos. Braids were wrapped twice around the front of the hair, and the back was loosely upswept.

“It was made to be soft, really ethereal hair,” said Quintero.

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