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Backstage at Venus Williams’ debut fashion week showing, hair and makeup were sporty and uncomplicated. Williams’ show, Eleven by Venus, which featured professional athletes showcasing their talents rather than runway models walking, was all about beauty melded with athleticism.

“Today was about showing Eleven and what it does best,” said Williams. “It’s all about moving with style.”
When asked what is at the heart of her collection, Williams said, “Eleven is about fun, energy, feeling good about you and moving your body.”

Mahogany Grace, styling for the John Barrett Salon in Bergdorf Goodman, was creating “individualized” updos. “The overall look is sporty but trendy and neat,” said Grace, who created braids, classic and high ponytails and ballerina buns in a variety of iterations. Grace said her hero product was John Barrett Be Healed, a reparative styling mask.

Lottie, who was key artist for Make Up For Ever, said the look was “really clean. We’re focusing on the skin,” she said. Lottie used Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and Concealer to “make skin look its best.” To make eyes pop, she applied soft black liner by the lash line as well as black Smoky Lash mascara. She also used Face and Body Liquid Make Up on the performers’ bodies, which Lottie said would work well for the athletes because it is waterproof. On lips, she used just balm to keep things “very natural. It’s just about perfecting,” added Lottie, who used a small amount of bronzer for contour on the cheek. “These are athletes so we wanted to keep them how they’d look naturally.” Male athletes were groomed and given concealer and foundation where needed.

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