Rebecca Taylor is known for her feminine clothing, so it only follows that her models would look girly, right? Wrong. "The clothes are very pretty, very girly," said MAC makeup artist Polly Osmond. "So we didn't want the models to look too girly." To that end, they wore only a touch of concealer and grease (think Vaseline) above the eye — no mascara, no foundation.

The hair was similarly uncomplicated. "The girls are pretty, so we want to go with the opposite," said lead stylist Dai. "It's like Daria Werbowy." For the low-key look, he used a thickening spray to impart a dry, matte texture to hair. Then, he wrapped hair around a barrel curling iron, leaving a half-inch uncurled at the ends to prevent a "done" look. Finger-combing the curls made them look easy, and the overall look added an edge to a collection that isn't usually associated with one.

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