For the beauty look at Cynthia Rowley Friday afternoon, “kooky monster girls” were the inspiration, noted makeup artist Val Garland, who put the emphasis on eyelashes. Meanwhile, hairstylist Alain Pichon interpreted the monster theme with a ponytail that had lots of texture, crimping — and jewel-toned hair extensions.
“We’re creating a girl who wants to have fun,” said Pichon, who styled on behalf of Wella System Professional and Antonio Prieto Salon. “The [extension] colors match the clothes of the collection.” Different colored extensions were used on each side of models’ heads, “so as she walks, there are two sides,” said Pichon. “It’s not something you see a lot, but it can be well done if it’s believable. The extreme contrast makes it interesting.
“It’s a small head,” he continued, “chic from the front of the face, and the ponytail comes out. The crimping is mixed with waves, and we’re brushing everything back.”
Pichon used hairspray and curling and straightening irons for texture and added a bit of mousse to finish off the top.
Hair was backcombed to hide the bases of the extensions, which came in a range of colors, including amethyst, ruby, lapis, turquoise, teal and emerald, noted Eva Scrivo, who did hair color at the show for Wella Professionals.
Colors were inspired by the “whimsical femininity” of Rowley, said Scrivo, who added that the look had a “little bit of Seventies punk edge. The colors are wild and fun.”
Garland, who was working on behalf of MAC Cosmetics, said the makeup look was about “graphic and modern” eyelashes. She affixed false MAC eyelashes to lids, giving them a dramatic look and length.
She said that while normally eyelashes are curved, “We’ve taken the lashes and straightened them so they look like a visor or a hood. You get quite a cool profile.” She added, “We wanted the girls to look like an urban tribe.”
Garland used liner to extend the look of the eye. “It’s interesting, but cool and beautiful — a little bit Japanese manga.”
On the lips, Garland applied a caramel color that was “just barely there.” The face overall was “as close to real as possible,” with just a hint of highlighter for a soft, dewy, fresh look.