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Hair and Makeup For Michael Kors's 2011 Spring New York Fashion Week Show

Backstage Beauty: Beachy Makeup and Hair at the Michael Kors Spring 2011 Show

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Our typical day at the beach consists of obsessive reapplications of the highest SPF, big floppy hats that shield our skin from the sun, and sitting under excessively large umbrellas. Designer Michael Kors's version of beach beauty? It's a lot more glamorous, and even a little naughty. That's because makeup artist Dick Page didn't stop after the usual blizzard of bronzer at the Kors show. This morning, he added plenty of pink to models' faces — so that they looked a little sunburned! (Scandal!!!) To find out more, just keep reading.

"The skin is alive and vibrant, like the girls have a flushed, windburned look, or like they've spent a day at the beach and got a sunburn," Page told us. To create this effect, he swirled a mixture of four Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colors in Orchid (a bright pink), Tea Rose (a subtle brown-peach), Petal (a peach), and Carnation (a baby-soft pink), all out in February 2011. His application was purposely heavy-handed: He used a fluffy blush brush to swipe the colors all over the cheeks, nose, and forehead. "The collection is sexy so we wanted the models to be really sexy girls," said Page. Aside from the total face flush, Page filled in the models' brows with brown eye shadow, blended the warm Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Strata over the models' eyelids and into their creases, and skipped mascara and liner altogether. He finished the beach-babe look by applying Shiseido The Makeup Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Dune (a soft, nude shade) onto the models' lips and blotting it to soften.

The hair was just as beachy. Hairstylist Orlando Pita gave the models a crimp-like wavy texture by twisting sections of hair then clamping them with a flatiron. He then gathered it all into a low ponytail, tied it into a messy knot, and lifted the hair at the crown for volume.

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