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Gordon Espinet’s inspiration for makeup at Vivienne Westwood Red Label came out of Africa, via Harlem.

“There was a strong sense of Africa in the fabric and the styling,” said the MAC Cosmetics makeup artist. “I live in Harlem and I felt like I was at home [looking at the collection]. I imagined the women who live around me and their sense of style. I wanted to embrace those characteristics and transfer them into makeup.”

Given New York City’s recent scorching summer, that meant giving skin a sheen using Strobe Cream and Fix + spray.

“The skin is radiant, glowing and sensual,” Espinet said.

He used Cream Color Base in Pearl on cheeks and brown hues, including Root, Dark Brown and Mid-tone Sepia, under the eyes and on lids. A slick of Clear Gloss added polish to peepers. Espinet used pencils to straighten eyebrows and Lip Erase to tone down lips.

The concept behind Malcolm Edwards’ hairstyles was slightly more off the wall.

“We’re doing demented Forties Flintstones,” said the stylist, who was working with L’Oréal Professionnel. “They’re bad girls who go to church for sex.”

Using Pli, Playball Texture Tonic and Texture Expert Expansion Mousse, Edwards created a plethora of styles, including topknots and kooky bangs.

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<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

<p>Vivienne Westwood RTW Spring 2009 Beauty</p>

Photo By: Giovanni Giannoni

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