17 September 2009

Backstage Beauty: Hair goes aerodynamic at Narciso Rodriguez

We might just have to put it out there and admit that so far our favourite hair creation is Eugene Souleiman for Wella at Narciso Rodriguez. ‘I’m loving the idea of dual textures this season and for Narcisso, I’m playing with crimping and sleek textures.’ The best reference so far? ‘It’s loosely based on a cycling helmet and an alien! It’s aerodynamic. The hair is going back, forced in the wind; an extended head shape.’ It’s essentially two separate pieces, the top section is temporarily secured whilst the bottom section is plaited (the sides are so tight to the side of the head they look like an undercut to the finished look) and pinned into a bun which acts as the support for the aerodynamic shape. The top section is then crimped, brushed out and loosely secured over the bun. ‘It’s a bit sci-fi, a bit 60s, a bit 80s – in fact I don’t really know!’ Well Eugene we think it’s genius!

Narciso Rodriguez

Dick Page for Shiseido was instructing his make-up team to give the models mini facial massages to stimulate the skin and get the blood flowing ‘it makes the skin look healthy’. Fluffy lip brushes were used with eye make-up remover to clean up the skin and brighten the area followed by two eye shadows, Squirrel and Cavern, mixed together and used as eyeliner on the top and bottom lash lines and lips were fat and plump with a mix of Wink and Whisper lipsticks – the perfect lip balm impersonator.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez

- Lauren Murdoch-Smith in New York


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