Backstage beauty at Carolina Herrera was a ‘90s-esque elegant, sophisticated look with vampy shades reminiscent of a bubbly kir royale. The look focused on a deep plum lip and a complicated, sleek updo. For the full report, keep reading.
Hair: “The look is boyish in the front, with a very clean updo in the back,” Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil said. An updo was in order to show off the wintry necklines of Herrera's collection, Pita explained, adding that he wanted to steer clear of the typical buns and French twists. To create the look, Pita first applied Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Creme, then blow-dried it straight. He created a side part, made two sections on the sides into two separate ponytails before bringing them to the back. Next, Pita took everything hanging in the back and tucked it into the ponytail for an effect Pita describes as an envelope fold. He then secured the look with 10-12 bobby pins and lots of Moroccanoil Luminous hair spray.
Makeup: Diane Kendal created a fresh face with natural skin using MAC Face and Body Foundation and Studio Careblend Pressed Powder. Cheeks were flushed slightly with Angel Blush. She used a small amount of MAC Black Creme Liner very close to eyelashes, creating a slight kick at the outer corner. A dab of clear gloss on the eye and a lip stain followed. After curling lashes, Kendal applied a bit of MAC Haute and Naughty Mascara just on the outer corner of the top lashes. Prince Noir Lipstick was applied “first with a lip brush, then patted to a stain using tissues to blot,” explained Kendal.
Nails: CND produced a crown jewel manicure for Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2011 collection. “It’s all about jewel tones for fall 2011,” said nail technician Wanda Ruiz She painted a deep, vampy plum onto the models' nails, drawing inspiration from French aristocrats. "We wanted to take the rich matte fall textures of the collection and contrast them with a high-gloss manicure,” she explained. Ruiz used CND polish in Dark Ruby, a vibrant creme shade, with a generous coat of super shine to give it an expensive-looking gloss on short, semi-square nails.